Plant Medicine Clears Molluscum Contagiosum Painlessly

Article by Vita Li

Molluscum contagiosum is a common and relatively harmless viral infection of the skin. As its name implies, it is contagious and can be caught from another person by direct contact. It is most common in children and young adults, but can occur at any age. Molluscum contagiosum is not hereditary, though it often affects several members of a family at the same time. Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus that can be picked up through close personal contact with someone who has it, or from objects such as a shared flannel or a towel.Molluscum infections are most common and extensive in people who have atopic eczema and those whose immune system is suppressed for any reason, such as an underlying HIV infection, or taking high doses of cortisone-like steroids or the immunosuppressive treatments used after a transplant. The spots come up after an incubation period of a few weeks. Usually there are no symptoms of molluscum contagiosum, but the spots can be itchy or sore if they become inflamed or infected. They can bleed slightly if scratched.What does molluscum contagiosum look like? The spots of molluscum contagiosum are easily recognised: a magnifying glass helps with this. The spots are: small from two to six mm across: rarely they can grow larger than this; raised and hemispherical like a tiny dome, with a shiny surface; usually they are skin coloured, though they can be redder or paler than that; their most striking feature is a central pore containing a cheesy plug; sometimes areas of dry redness, rather like eczema, appear around the spots.There may be only one or two spots of molluscum contagiosum, and usually there are less than twenty. They often occur in groups. A few people have more than a hundred spots; and this may hint that their immune system is not working well. The place where the spots come up depends on how the virus was picked up. In adults, they sometimes cluster on the lower abdomen, thighs, pubic area and genitals suggesting that they came from a sexual partner. In children, the spots occur anywhere on the face, trunk and limbs.No tests are usually needed as the spots can easily be recognised by a doctor. They should not be confused with warts, which have a rough surface and no central pore. If a molluscum contagiosum spot becomes inflamed, it can look rather like a boil. You should make every effort not to pass the infection on to others if you are infected, particularly those in your family. Stick to your own towel, flannel and clothing. However children with molluscum contagiosum need not be kept off school, nor should they be barred from swimming, etc.Molluscum contagiosum is a chronic infection and lesions may persist from a few months to a few years. It can go away by itself, or after treatment with liquid nitrogen taking between six and eighteen months to do so. However it can last for much longer than this, particularly if the body

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