Walk-in MPOX (Monkeypox) Testing and Treatment in Ballantyne, NC
Looking for MPOX (Monkeypox) testing near Charlotte, NC? At AFC Urgent Care Ballantyne, we provide fast and reliable testing and treatment for Monkeypox. Visit us 7 days a week with no appointment necessary.
What is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that affects both humans and animals. It is caused by the monkeypox virus, which belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox and chickenpox. The first case of Monkeypox in humans was found in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has since been reported in a number of countries in Central and West Africa. The disease can be serious, but it is generally not as severe as smallpox and can be treated with the appropriate care.
If you become infected with monkeypox, you may experience flu-like symptoms anywhere from 5 days to 3 weeks after exposure. These include:
- muscle aches
- swollen lymph nodes
The rash usually appears 1 to 4 days after the flu-like symptoms begin and can spread to other parts of the body. Symptoms can last between 2 to 4 weeks, including the rash that will scab over and fall off towards the conclusion of the illness.
The good news is that the smallpox vaccine is at least 85% effective in preventing monkeypox, according to the CDC. This means that many people who received the vaccine during the last major outbreak from 1949-1980 are less likely to experience severe symptoms if they contract the virus.
How does monkeypox spread?
Monkeypox is typically spread through direct contact with the following:
- the bodily fluids or lesions of an infected person (saliva, mucus, blood or nasal discharge)
- contaminated objects, such as clothing, bedding or other materials
- sexual contact with an infected person
Monkeypox is likely to spread from person to person in areas with a high prevalence of the virus and in situations where people are in close, consistent contact with infected individuals, such as in households or health care settings. It is important to practice good hygiene and avoid close contact with infected individuals or animals in order to reduce the risk of transmission of monkeypox.
Monkeypox Testing and Treatment
At AFC Urgent Care, our providers can test for monkeypox and provide treatment for the symptoms. While there is no precise treatment for the virus, our team can prescribe antiviral medication and medication to reduce the severity of your symptoms. In some cases, the same vaccine and treatments for smallpox may be used to combat the monkeypox virus.
If you think you have been exposed to the virus or are experiencing symptoms, don’t wait. Schedule an appointment or call our office today to get the answers you need.