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Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum Contagiosum involves just one or two body areas at a time, like the chest, back, or legs.
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Other common locations include the face, neck, eyelids, thighs, genitals and buttocks. It generally spares the palms & soles
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Symptoms
Causes
Treatments
What is Molluscum-Contagiosum

Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral skin infection that caused raised, pearl- like papules or nodules on the skin .It is common skin disorder caused by a superficial skin infections with the poxvirus.

What are the symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum Contagiosum is characterized by small bumps, flesh-colored, pink or white, that has a dimple or pit in the center.

  • They are small typically about a quarter inch (approx...2 to 5 millimeter) in diameter.
  • Characteristically have a small indentation or dot at the top.
  • Can become red and inflamed
  • Sometimes filled with thick white material
  • Sometimes itchy, sometimes painless
  • Can easily be removed by scratching or rubbing, which can spread the virus to adjacent skin.
  • Most often found in the trunk, face, eyelids, or genital area in temperate climates and on extremities in the tropics.
  • In children, bumps usually appear on the trunk, face, and arms .In sexually active teens and young adults, the bumps are usually located in the genital area.

What are the Causes?

  • It is sexually transmitted contagious disease.
  • Molluscum Contagiosum is transmitted by direct contact, either person to person or by shared items such as clothing, towels, and wash clothes.
  • MC can be spread by contact sports.
  • Furthermore, if a person touches the rash and then another part of his or her body, it can cause it to spread.
  • Although the contagiousness is generally low, it is not known for how long an infected person can transmit the virus.

Treatment

  • In people with normal immune systems, the disorder usually goes away on its own over a period of months to years.
  • Treatment for Molluscum contagious totally depends upon the kinds of Molluscum Contagiosum one is having and the method used for its removal. Single to multiple sessions are required to get rid of it. So it’s your dermatologist who will be first clinically analyze your Molluscum Contagiosum and will plan your line of treatment accordingly.

Medical procedures are available to remove these Molluscum Contagiosum :-

Frozen with the help of liquid nitrogen generally known by the name of cryo therapy. This is the best and safest procedure available nowadays for the removal of Molluscum Contagiosum.
Electrocautery can be also done by slightly burning the Molluscum Contagiosum.

  • Nowadays latest lasers are available which can remove the Molluscum Contagiosum without damaging the surrounding tissue.
  • Before opting for any of the procedure it’s very important to see your dermatologist who will first analyze the kind of Molluscum Contagiosum you have and accordingly he will select the procedure which would be best for you.
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