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Molluscum Contagiosum – Viral Skin Infection

cryotherapy for molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum Contagiosum is a condition that was predominant in children, but since about a decade, this health problem has flared up amongst adult patients. It’s an infection of the skin, caused by a virus that after an incubation period of about 2 – 9 weeks, manifests itself by growing small pearl-shaped bumps on the patient’s skin. The color of these hives are skin-like or white color and usually grow on arms, face, legs or torso of children. In young adults molluscum contagiosum is often transmitted during sexual intercourse and the infection is predominant in the genital region and the immediate surrounding areas including thighs, buttocks and lower abdomen.

The Proxvirus is the family hosting the molluscum contagiosum virus. Children often get it after using the same toys, sharing bath towels with their friends, or have direct skin contact by sharing beds or playing together. The good news is that in most cases this disease disappears by itself. The sufferer needs to be patient for a few months to experience a sudden improvement followed by total healing.

However, patients need to follow a few basic hygiene tips in order to avoid autoinoculation. One needs to avoid touching other areas of the body after touch the infected bumps, because there’s a high risk of spreading the infection in other areas of the body. The Proxvirus is more common in crowded areas that have a warm and humid climate. That’s why personal hygiene needs extra attention.

Molluscum Contagiosum Tips
– don’t scratch the bumps or you risk further infection
– you can try to bandage the hives in order to avoid direct contact with your fingers
– wash your hands every time you touch an infected area of your body
– don’t shave if bumps are located on your face
– don’t engage in sexual intercourse if you suffer from Molluscum Contagiosum
– change your underwear every day if bumps are located in your genital area

molluscum contagiosum bumps on trunkMCV Treatment
As mentioned before if Molluscum Contagiosum occurs on healthy children they usually don’t require any treatment because the condition heals itself. In case of adults with large skin lesions or other sufferers that have a weakened immune system, treatment is recommended in the form of:
– removal with the help of cryotherapy (freezing of the bumps) or curettage (scraping of the hives), done under local anesthesia.
– applying a chemical on the hives in order to wilt them off. This substance can be potassium hydrochloride or cantharidin.
– doctors can also indicate the use of medical ointments or fluid drops, similar to those recommended for treating warts and verrucas.

It’s important to know that the hives don’t cause pain, so if you’re not sure about the diagnose please visit your doctor. Also, be aware that this disease is contagious until bumps are gone. Bumps usually have a diameter between 1 and 5 millimeters (that’s up to 0.2 of an inch). They can appear single or in groups and tend to be much larger in sufferer with a weak immune system.

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