Molluscum contagiosum is a skin disease that is contagious and infects upon direct contact with human skin. The chance of contracting this virus is reliably high especially for those individuals who are exposed to everyday skin contact and frequent public areas. Although the disease is not life threatening and would go away in 3 to 13 months, those who have weakened immune systems may find themselves more susceptible to the virus especially young kids.
Molluscum contagiosum or water warts come from a DNA poxvirus called molluscum contagiosum virus or MCV. The condition is characterized by bumps which can either be small or pink in coloring. They are round and firm when touched. Most bumps would appear in the groin area though it can be found also on the neck, legs and trunks of the body. Those infected would experience itchiness, swelling, lesions, blisters and some pain.
Treatment For Kids
Although the viral infection can go away by itself in a few months time which ranges from 6 weeks to 3 months, one can be re-infected by this disease. However those with lesions would experience the skin disease for a longer period.
Effective treatment for molluscum would include invasive surgery which is more painful for kids and as such, some doctors would recommend waiting for the skin infection to resolve by itself. The use of topical ointments, over the counter creams and essential oils are also said to be effective in preventing the bumps from swelling and developing into blisters.
Tea tree oil is said to be effective in decreasing the severity of the skin infection. The use of creams with antiviral herbs on the other hand is effective in destroying the central core of the bump where the virus is said to be located so preventing the virus from spreading.
Treatment for Adults
Aside from topical creams and ointments, other treatments are also available in treating Molluscum. One of the popular treatments is cryotherapy. The therapy involves surrounding the bumps with ice for 5 to 10 seconds before removing the bumps once frozen. Another treatment is Diathermy which makes use of heat to remove the bumps. Anaesthetics are needed to numb the area before the procedure starts.
Other treatments would include curettage which removes the spaces through scraping. Doctors would usually use a thin metal instrument called curette to scrape the spot. As the process is a bit painful, local anaesthetics are applied. Pulse-dye layer is the latest treatment which makes use of laser lights to destroy the infected cells. This treatment is a bit expensive although it is one of the best treatments for molluscum contagiosum.