Aches and pains are a very common symptom of smallpox. This is another flu-like symptom that occurs during the initial onset of smallpox, and many people ignore it at first. Because aches and pains are not an unusual occurrence, even in healthy patients, you may try to treat these with over-the-counter pain relievers like naproxen or ibuprofen. However, if they occur at the same time as a fever, it is usually a sign that something more serious is the culprit. Monitor your symptoms carefully, and if they worsen or a rash appears, seek treatment for them right away.
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