Molescum AKA Molluscum Contagiosum

Article by Giancarlo Masseratto

Molescum is the common term for Molluscum Contagiosum.

Molluscum appears on the skin as little pimples that do not hurt or itch but are simply unsightly. Molluscum is also very contagious and can easily spread to others through skin-to-skin contact, especially sexual contact.

Molescum can also spread itself from infected areas of the skin to healthy areas of the skin in a process called autoinocculation.

Most of the time, people get molescum on their faces although they can also have it on their limbs, groin area, stomach, chest, etc.

Molescum most often affects children, although adults can and do contract this virus.

Molluscum Contagiosum in children is harmless but very much a nuisance, much like for adults.

Since molescum is such a contagious disease, it’s very likely to be spread to other children when infected children play with one another.

Molescum is usually diagnosed on sight by a physician. The diagnosis is solidified if the molluscum warts don’t seem to be going away.

The immune system eventually recognizes the mollescum virus and and expels it from the body, but this process can take up to a year or more.

It’s much more practical to simply treat the virus.

The most common treatment options include topical creams, cryotherapy and surgery.

The surgery is actually not surgery at all, but an only-slightly painful procedure where the physician uses a sharp instrument called a currette to remove the molluscum warts.

Cryotherapy involves using liquid nitrogen or nitrogen oxide to freeze the warts and cause them to scab off.

Creams are typically ineffective against this stubborn virus and whenever possible, mechanical removal with surgery or cryotherapy is the best and cheapest option.

The main issue that affects adults with molluscum is that it can damage their confidence and self esteem.

This is because the virus is highly contagious, and intimate physical contact might result in the infection of another person, making it wrong to do so without first informing the person or seeking treatment.

In the author’s experience, topical treatments for moloscom are utterly ineffective and an enormous waste of money.

While some more extreme treatment options exist, such as systemic treatments (drugs that are taken orally), physical removal of the individual molluscum warts provides the quickest, cheapest, safest resolution to the problem.

If done by a trained hand, removal of molluscum warts will leave negligble or no scarring.

If left untreated, molluscum will eventually resolve on its own, but in the meantime, it may infect others as well as continue to spread itself on healthy patches of skin.

About the Author

Giancarlo is a well informed patient who writes about Moloscom Contagiosum AKA Molescum

 

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