Point of Interest (Molluscum Contagiosum)?

Question by dank_distributa: Point of Interest (Molluscum Contagiosum)?
I asked a question:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AlgfzknN_FZPaNzWTyWs4jTsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20100225215949AAU2v5o

and just got back from the doc. I’ve got Molluscum Contagiosum:

as soon as I started explaining it to the doc, she knew what it was. she took a look and with 100% confidence told me that’s whats up. so….******* great news, really! no herpes, no HPV, just something similiar to HPV that is mostly in my thighs.

general info on M.C.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molluscum_contagiosum

thought some of you’d be interested. similiar to HPV, but isn’t.

Best answer:

Answer by STL Biker
Doctors are trained to give answers with 100% confidence but that doesn’t mean that they are correct. It is very hard to diagnose molluscum contagiosum. It is very possible that your doctor gave you an incorrect diagnosis and gave you that diagnosis in a way in which you thought this doctor knew what they were talking about. Trust me when I say that doctors are trained to give patients the impression that they are smarter than they really are. If a doctor appears that they are not confident then word will spread and people will want to go to a more “confident” doctor because people associate confidence with accuracy but that is not always the case. It is possible that you have it but it is better to go to many doctors to be sure. I know people that have been diagnosed with molluscum contagiosum by one doctor and herpes simplex virus by another doctor. I even know this one person that was diagnosed first as having syphilis by the first doctor they went to, herpes simplex by the second doctor they went to, and molluscum contagiosum by the third doctor they went to. This person ordered blood test which indicated a negative result for both syphilis and herpes so the person just kind of assumed then that it must be molluscum contagiosum. None of the doctors even suggested ordering a blood test. All three doctors supposedly appeared confident when they made their diagnoses.

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