Question by freshfromrwc: Has anyone had a viris called MOLLUSCUM CONTAGIOSUM?
I know the little bumps can last up to 2 years but, I was wondering from personal experience if it normally lasts that long? And how long does it keep spreading and itching for? Are there any remedies?
Answer by crowfeathers
Molluscum lesions may go away on their own in six to nine months, but can persist, via autoinoculation, for up to four years. Treatment is often unnecessary.
The virus can spread from one part of the body to another or to other people. Molluscum contagiosum is contagious until the bumps are gone—which, if untreated, may be up to 6 months or longer.
There are a few treatment options that can be done at home. Betadine surgical scrub can be gently scrubbed on the infected area for 5 minutes daily until the lesions resolve (this is not recommended for those allergic to iodine or betadine). For mild cases, over-the-counter wart medicines, such as salicylic acid may shorten infection duration. Daily topical application of tretinoin cream (“Retin-A 0.025%”) may also trigger resolution.   These treatments require several weeks for the infection to clear. Also treating with apple cider vinegar (soak cotton ball in vinegar, place on molluscum, then cover with band-aid for 24 hours. Wart will be gone with only scab remaining)
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