A patient shares images and describes severe pain

  • A man with monkeypox said the lesions in his mouth were so painful he almost passed out from the pain.
  • Silver Steele had intense flu-like symptoms that made it difficult to walk around the house.
  • He shared his symptoms and images to raise awareness, especially among homosexuals.

A man with monkeypox said the sores in his mouth were so painful he nearly passed out while a doctor inspected his throat.

Silver Steele shared footage of her infection with Insider and described the course of her illness, which cleared up earlier in August.

He also shared his symptoms on social media, hoping to raise awareness of the resources available within the gay community.

“I took the full course of monkeypox, about three weeks and some changes,” said Steele, who is gay himself and works as a porn actor in Houston, Texas.

These pictures show how the disease started and progressed, as seen through the lesions on his chin:

A collage of images shows what Steele's injuries looked like day after day

Steele documented how his injuries looked day to day

Silver Steel


As the disease progressed, he also got lesions on other parts of his body.

Steele said he noticed pimple-like bumps about a week after attending Fourth of July celebration parties, where he believes he was exposed.

At first, he said, he thought it might be razor burn. The bumps weren’t painful and, although he suspected it might be monkeypox, he said he thought the condition was mild. Here are his notes at that time:

Steele's lesions are shown on July 11.  They look like pimples.

Steele’s lesions at the beginning of his illness.

Silver Steel


Four days later, “I woke up and I was like, oh, I don’t feel well,” he said.

“My lymph nodes were swollen. I had trouble swallowing and just had trouble moving.”

His doctor confirmed he had symptoms of monkeypox. That night he had a fever, chills and night sweats.

Historically, medical textbooks said a fever would always come before the rash. But this outbreak looks different, with some people reporting flu-like symptoms before the blisters appear.

The flu-like symptoms lasted about 48 hours, Steele said. And as the fever subsided, her lesions started to hurt. This is what they looked like then:

Lesions seen on Steele's face on July 18.

Steele’s lesions went from pimples to blisters.

Silver Steel


The rash was mostly around his mouth, but a few lesions were inside his mouth, on his gums, and in his throat.

“It hurt the most when I was eating. But there were times when I was literally sitting there watching TV and all of a sudden it’s like knives are stabbing you,” he said. declared.

“The pain was quite intense.”

In addition to monkey pox, Steele had developed strep throat, which made it very difficult for him to eat. He lost several pounds, he said.

Silver Steele showing his lesions.

The lesions around his mouth were particularly painful.

Silver Steel


The pain peaked a few days later as a doctor examined Steele’s throat.

“He took the tongue depressor off and all of a sudden it was like, oh my God! And everything started going black,” Steele said. The pain was too much, Steele said, and he nearly passed out.

Steele was given painkillers and his doctor sought access to a drug called TPoxx.

TPoxx is an antiviral designed for smallpox. It can also be used for monkeypox, but only with special permission from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Steele didn’t get access to TPoxx until it was too late for him to take advantage of it, he said.

Steele had some additional injuries, on his hands and legs, but said they were less painful than the others.

A lesion is shown on Steele's leg.

Lesions began to appear elsewhere on Steele’s body later in the illness.

Silver Steel


As Steele’s photos show, after several weeks of illness, his lesions began to heal.

As he spoke to Insider on Thursday, Steele had just left quarantine a few days ago. He has now received the smallpox vaccine, which is believed to reduce the risk of catching the disease. He encourages others at risk to do the same.

Silver Steele, smiling at the camera, wears a bandage on his arm to show where he got his shot.

Silver Steele, just after getting vaccinated.

Silver Steel


Steele said he considers himself lucky compared to the worst cases he has found on social media.

“I’m lucky because I have a doctor whose primary clientele is gay people,” he said. “He finds these resources faster than most.”

Although anyone can get monkeypox, the majority of people who have caught it so far have been gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men.

He called on patients to learn more about the disease so they can advocate with their healthcare providers.

“Tell them what TPoxx is, tell them to order it,” he said.

He also said he was grateful that he had no lesions near the genital or anal areas.

“My heart goes out to these people,” he said. “When they go to the bathroom, they say they feel like they don’t need hot needles.”

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