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Most cases of molluscum will clear up naturally within two years. So long as the skin growths are present, there is a possibility of transmitting the infection to another person. When the growths are gone, the possibility for spreading the infection is ended.Unlike herpes viruses, which can remain inactive in the body for months or years before reappearing, molluscum contagiosum does not remain in the body when the growths are gone from the skin and will not reappear on their own. However, there is no permanent immunity to the virus, and it is possible to become infected again upon exposure to an infected person.There are a few treatment options that can be done at home. Povidone-iodine surgical scrub can be gently scrubbed on the infected area for 5 minutes daily until the lesions resolve. However, the ability of iodine to penetrate intact skin is poor; and without a pin prick or needle stick into each molluscum lesion, this method does not work well. Do not use on broken skin.For mild cases, over-the-counter wart medicines, such as salicylic acid may or may not shorten infection duration. Daily topical application of tretinoin cream may also trigger resolution. These treatments require several months for the infection to clear, and are often associated with intense inflammation and possibly discomfort.Doctors occasionally prescribe imiquimod; the optimum schedule for its use has yet to be established. Imiquimod is a form of immunotherapy. Immunotherapy triggers your immune system to fight the virus causing the skin growth. Imiquimod is applied 3 times per week, left on the skin for 6 to 10 hours, and washed off. A cure may last from 4 to 16 weeks. Small studies have indicated that it is successful about 80% of the time.Application of duct tape over lesions until they begin to crust over and heal is well tolerated, has been effective, and can be implemented at home with readily available materials. Tape is cut to the size of lesions and applied after washing or when previously applied tape falls off. This treatment for molluscum was motivated by success with treating warts similarly. The conclusions of a controlled study were that duct tape occlusion therapy was significantly more effective than cryotherapy for treatment of the common wart.Surgical treatments include cryosurgery, in which liquid nitrogen is used to freeze and destroy lesions, as well as scraping them off with a curette. Application of liquid nitrogen may cause burning or stinging at the treated site, which may persist for a few minutes after the treatment. Scarring or loss of color can complicate both these treatments. With liquid nitrogen, a blister may form at the treatment site, but it will slough off in two to four weeks.Although its use is banned by the FDA in the United States in its pure, undiluted form, the topical blistering agent cantharidin can be effective. It should be noted that cryosurgery and curette scraping are not painless procedures. They may also leave scars and/or permanent white (depigmented) marks.Pulsed dye laser therapy for molluscum contagiosum may be the treatment of choice for multiple lesions in a cooperative patient. The use of pulsed dye laser for the treatment of MC has been documented with excellent results. The therapy was well tolerated, without scars or pigment anomalies. The lesions resolved without scarring at 2 weeks. Studies show 96%-99% of the lesions resolved with one treatment.The pulsed dye laser is quick and efficient, but its expense makes it less cost effective than other options. Also, not all dermatology offices have this 585nm laser. It is important to remember that removal of the visible bumps does not cure the disease. The virus is in the skin and new bumps often appear over the course of a year until the body mounts an effective immune response to the virus. Thus any surgical treatment may require it to be repeated each time new crops of lesions appear.The disease occurring anywhere on the body can be successfully eliminated with application of AntiMolluscum-Rx. This molluscum contagiosum treatment is concentrated with naturally occurring monoterpene aldehydes that have tremendous antiviral effects against the molluscum virus, as demonstrated in published scientific studies.Sesquiterpenes, found in certain medicinal plants and intentionally concentrated in AntiMolluscum-Rx, are known to exhibit a wide spectrum of biological and pharmaceutical properties. A large number of sesquiterpenes concentrated in this molluscum treatment exhibit quantifiable antiviral activities against pox viruses.The lipophilic characteristic of AntiMolluscum-Rx allows it to penetrate deeply. It is absorbed in the skin and into the system in trace quantities. Therefore, this treatment for molluscum not only has a direct virucidal effect, but provides total systemic support. To learn more, please go to http://www.naturespharma.org.
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