Molluscum Contagiosum Treatment Options
Molluscum contagiosum is a skin disease that some suffer from. It’s pretty common among children, athletes, and others who, for one reason or another, experience a lot of skin-to-skin contact or friction.
Here, we’ll look at what molluscum contagiosum is as well as different molluscum contagiosum treatment options that are available.
What is Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin disease brought on by a poxvirus named the molluscum contagiosum virus. The virus spreads from person-to-person through direct skin contact.
Molluscum contagiosum is usually recognized by its mild, bumpy, rash-like appearance. The lesions that appear on the skin range anywhere between 2 and 5 millimeters in diameter. They’re usually pink or white in coloration and feel smooth, yet firm, to the touch. It’s possible that these bumps will become itchy and sore over time and frequent scratching will lead them to turn red and swollen.
For most people, molluscum contagiosum goes away after 6-12 months but, it can take upwards of 4 years for some. Usually, molluscum contagiosum goes away with minimal scarring.
What Are The Molluscum Contagiosum Treatment Options
There are three ways to treat molluscum contagiosum:
Physical Treatments - Physical treatments include cryotherapy, curettage, and laser therapy.
Cryotherapy involves freezing the lesions much like you would with a wart.
Curettage is a term for cutting the lesions. Usually, this involves piercing the lesion and scraping out the infected material inside of the growth.
A licensed medical professional should performs these three treatment options. It’s possible that an untrained eye may cause unnecessary scarring, a bacterial infection, or spread the disease to other parts of the body or to other people.
Physical treatment options for molluscum contagiosum work faster than any of the three treatment options, but they can also cause short-term discomfort as the body heals from specific procedures.
Topical Treatments - Experts found that different topical creams can aid in the treatment of molluscum contagiosum. Certain creams work well on men, but are not recommended for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. It’s important to talk with your doctor to make sure whatever product you use will help, not hurt, your health.
Most topical treatments are intended to relieve the patient of the painful, negative symptoms of molluscum contagiosum.
A doctor can tell you which creams and topical treatments are best for your specific situation.
Oral Treatments - Oral treatments are great for children because parents can administer the medicine to their kids and it’s less painful than more invasive physical options. Although oral treatments are less painful, they also take more time to see results.
Although patients can use oral treatments as an alternative to physical treatments and medical creams, facial lesions do not usually react well to oral treatment.
Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin disease that usually results in some short-term discomfort. Hopefully, you now feel more informed regarding the various treatment options available to you.