How is Molluscum Contagiosum Spread?
The Molluscum contagiosum virus is transmitted from the infected skin of one person with lesions (often referred to as “warts”) to the skin of another person. Molluscum contagiosum often spreads among siblings and children because they have close skin-to-skin contact as they interact. Molluscum contagiosum can also be sexually transmitted if lesions occur on or near the genital area. Molluscum contagiosum can be contracted from objects like towels and clothing, though that is not nearly as common as skin-to-skin transference. Molluscum contagiosum is often spread between children around swimming facilities.
How Long Will the Molluscum Last?
Molluscum contagiosum will eventually go away on its own without leaving scars (provided the lesions are not scratched or infected by other, more damaging infections). The infected person tends to spread lesions from one part of the body to another, so as one group of lesions subsides another group may begin to form. This sometimes causes the person carrying the virus to cope with the Molluscum contagiosum lesions from six months up to five years before they go away. They can be much more persistent and numerous (in lesion count) on people with a weaker immune system.
What options do I have?
- You may wait for eights months to five years avoiding others so you don’t pass the virus around.
- A doctor could burn, freeze or scoop them out. A very costly option which may leave scarring.
- Use Conzerol and have the lesions start to disappear in 12-15 days (results may vary).