Last summer some small pimple like looking bumps appeared on my 5 year olds chin. One bump actually looked like a blackhead so I popped it. A little crying from the pain of me popping the so called blackhead and then I thought it was done. Over the next month or so some more bumps appeared these new bumps looked more like pimples so I left them alone figuring they would go away in time on their own.
In July we had our annual check- up. I asked our pediatrician to have a look and he said the bumps were Molluscum Contagiosum. I had never heard of Molluscum Contagiosum or for that matter knew what it was. He explained they are similar to a wart and they would go away on their own in around 6-12 months.
What Is Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum Contagiosum is a common skin disease which is caused by a poxvirus that infects only the skin. The bumps spread easily. A person who has molluscum contagiosum can spread the virus to other parts of the body by rubbing or scratching a growth and then touching unaffected skin.
It also spreads from person to person through direct skin-to-skin contact. It is also possible to get the disease by coming into contact with an object that has touched infected skin such as a towel, toy, or clothing. Some reports have suggested people contracting molluscum contagiosum have done so from a swimming pool or gymnastic mat.
There are really no symptoms related with this skin disease like fever, nausea or headache. In some cases the skin may itch.
The disorder may also be seen in adults with an altered immune system. Most commonly, molluscum contagiosum are found on the face, eyelids, neck, underarms, and thighs. The reason this skin disease is easily contracted by children is because they have not yet developed the immunity to the virus.
how to get rid of molluscum contagiosum
You will find treatment for molluscum contagiosum varies depending on where you look whether it is from website-to-website or person-to-person. The most popular treatments are scraping of the lesions or removal using heat or cold, a procedure performed with liquid nitrogen.
At first, I took the natural treatment method of using apple cider vinegar; for a month every morning and every night before bed I would take a q-tip and soak it in apple cider vinegar and put it on the bumps; after a couple of weeks it appeared to be drying up some of the bumps, but then it seemed to stop doing anything so I had to find a different treatment.
To avoid getting molluscum contagiosum try to follow these habits:
- Wash your hands thoroughly if you know you’ve come in contact with it or after you treat it
- Don’t use items that you know an infected person has used, such as a towel or wash cloth
- Avoid skin contact with someone that is infected
- Disinfect items that you share with an infected person
- Fight the urge to scratch
- Never shave areas with bumps, this will only spread the virus
Written by Patricia Rinker