How to Treat and Prevent Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum Contagiosum is a common skin disease caused by a virus called poxvirus. It is a contagious disease that can be transmitted either through skin-to-skin contact with the affected person or through sharing of personal stuffs. It commonly affects children and young adults, and are mostly found on areas of skin that touch each other, such as the groin and arm. Other affected areas also include chest, abdomen, buttocks, and sometimes the face and eyelids.

There are really no major symptoms associated with this skin disease like fever or weaknesses. Some of its symptoms are minimal and may only include itchy skin and scattered small, raised pink and brown bumps. These skin bumps become inflamed and scabby as they resolve.

Molluscum Contagiosum can develop complications if not treated immediately, especially lesions that have been irritated and infected by bacteria. Although some lesions disappear on their own, it’s still best to seek medical help from doctors and health experts. The skin infection often last for months and even years if not addressed properly.

If you do not want to go seek help from medical experts, the following are some of the remedies that you can do at home. One thing that you can do is to purchase over-the-counter salicylic acid and apply an ample amount to the affected area several times everyday. If this doesn’t work, the next thing you can do is to use an over-the-counter sterilizing soap, which you can use to scrub the affected areas for about 10 minutes daily. You can also remove the liquid inside by slicing open the top of the bump using a sterilized needle. If none of these steps didn’t work, you might want to ask help from your dermatologist.

But if ever you decide to seek help from professional doctors, you’ll be given a chance to choose from the available surgical operations that you’re comfortable with. You can choose one from two of the most common operations to cure Molluscum Contagiosum: cryotherapy where a liquid nitrogen or dry ice is applied to each lesion for a couple of seconds or curettage which is a painful removal of the lesions. Other medical treatments include tape stripping, topical cream applications and oral medications.

Meanwhile, to avoid acquiring this skin infection, there are several precautionary measures that you can do.

o Proper hygiene always come first. Learn how to properly wash your hands. Frequent and correct hand washing will keep the poxvirus from thriving in your hands and spreading to other parts of the body.

o Never use the items that have been used by someone who is infected with the poxvirus.

o Ask the person who has the infection to cover the lesions with a watertight dressing or bandage.

o Avoid skin contact with someone who has the virus.

o Always disinfect items that you share with the person carrying the virus.

o Avoid sexual intercourse with a partner who has the virus, especially if the bumps have reached the genital area.

o Fight the urge to scratch affected areas nor pick them since this will only spread the virus.

o Never shave areas that have Molluscum bumps since this will also spread the virus.

Molluscum Contagiosum may be a harmless virus but without proper medication, it can worsen and persist for months and even for years.