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Individuals with a healthy immune system usually spontaneously resolve (clear) in 12-24 months, while immune-compromised persons may take much longer and have more severe cases.
Common treatments include:
- Curettage- Scraping off the lesion and inner waxy head. This procedure may be performed with or without an anesthetic. With children and infants, it may include harnessing to reduce struggling.
- Cryosurgery- Freezing the lesion, surrounding tissue and inner viral-bed with liquid nitrogen.
- Cantharidin- A cautious application of a blistering agent used to traumatize and kill the virus while affecting surrounding tissue
- Imiquimod- (Aldara)- an immune-modulating drug
- Tretinoin – (Retin-A) an acne treatment that has low efficacy for molluscum patients
- Salicylic Acid- (Compound W) applied to pustules – no other available data
- Laser- Destruction of the viral-bed and surrounding tissue with laser. Scarring may occur.
- Tea Tree Oil- effective for about 18% of users
- Colloidal Silver- no clinical data available
- Duct Tape- no available data. Not sterile and may cause additional secondary infections
- Apple Cider Vinegar- no clinical data available