A WOMAN claims she was thrown off a plane when she was interrogated over her eczema.

Sharing her experience on TikTok, Jacqueline was forced to prove her chronic condition after cabin crew wrongly presumed she had monkeypox.

TikTok/ jacqueline.nguJacqueline said on TikTok that she was taken off a plane to the US when cabin crew mistook her eczema for monkeypox[/caption]

TikTok/ jacqueline.nguShe said she was “humiliated” by the experience[/caption]

Eczema causes a dry, red rash on various parts of the body. Sometimes there are bleeding or scabbed over wounds.

It is not contagious like monkeypox, which has been spreading for the first time in the UK, US, Europe and elsewhere since May.

Monkeypox causes lesions on the skin that start looking like chickenpox, before turning into blisters that ulcerate, and turn into scabs.

Jacqueline, who had gotten on a Spirit Airlines flight to the US, wrote: “They had me get off the plane in front of everyone along with my wife to interrogate me about the eczema I’ve had my whole life.

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“They asked me to provide medical documents and told my wife to watch her attitude. 

“I’ve never been so humiliated in my life.”

In another follow-up TikTok video she wrote: “We were able to board the flight again after I presented a tube of my prescribed eczema cream…

“My wife called out the CRO on being discriminatory (which is when she was told there was no need for an ‘attitude’.


“As we walked down the plane again, a flight attendant was walking down the aisle and when she saw me, she prompt turned around and walked the other way, not even looking at me as if eye contact would spread it.

“This has happened to other people who were not so lucky to have anything with them as ‘proof’.”

Jacqueline said that people with skin conditions like eczema have been “anticipating” discrimation during the moneypox outbreak.

Other users commented on her post that they feared being in public and having their skin condition, such as acne or psoriasis, mistaken for monkeypox.

It comes after a man from Madrid was wrongly accused of travelling on a busy train with monkeypox – which was in fact the rare skin condition neurofibromatosis.

A photo of the anonymous man went viral after a self-proclaimmed doctor posted it on Twitter.

Monkeypox rash

Monkeypox causes a rash a few days after flu-like symptoms, such as achey muscles and joints, a headache and fever.

The rash initially looks a little like chickenpox, and there may be many lesions or just a couple.

Then the marks on the skin turn into pus-filled blisters.

Experts wrote in the British Journal of Dermatology the most common skin lesions are rare pseudo-pustules.

With standard pustules, most of the time you can scrape away the top layer of the lesion, in order to get to the pus.

But with pseudo-pustules, they are white and solid.

Over time, these pseudo-pustules can become necrotic and lead to ulcers, before scabbing over.

Previously monkeypox has been known to start as a rash on the face and hands before spreading on the body.

But dermatologists have said that a study of new cases suggests the blisters tend to be in one location of the body.

The rash is more commonly appeared on the gentials than before.

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People may mistake the rash on their genital area for an STI such as herpes or syphilis, experts have warned.

Health bosses warn that if you have any symptoms of monkeypox, to go to a sexual health clinic. In the UK, you can call 111.

Getty – ContributorEczema causes a dry red rash that can bleed or scab[/caption]

AFPThe UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) produced a collage of monkeypox rash lesions[/caption]

ReutersThis image from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows examples of monkeypox lesions[/caption]

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