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What is Molluscum Contagiosum?

Molluscum Contagiosum is a common viral infection of the skin. This condition can appear as round, firm, painless bumps that can range in size from a pinhead to a pencil eraser. The infection can spread to the surrounding skin if the bumps are injured or scratched. Molluscum Contagiosum is considered a sexually transmitted infection when the genitals of adults are affected. How this condition is spread is by direct person to person contact and also with contaminated objects. The bumps may resolve within a year without treatment. However, doctor assisted removal may be needed. When someone shows signs of Molluscum Contagiosum questions can arise regarding effective treatments, complications and risks. Read below where frequently asked questions have been answered by Experts.

What are Molluscum Contagiosum treatments?

There are several different Molluscum Contagiosum treatments. A medical practitioner may freeze the bumps, curette them or use Canthiridim which could cause blisters. Hypo-allergenic surgical tape can be used to treat them. The tape is left on for 24 hours and then replaced. Medications such as Poxiderm or Aldara are often suggested. The creams are often applied twice a day. Poxiderm is normally considered to be a strong antioxidant.

What are treatments for Molluscum Contagiosum of the genital area?

If someone is sexually inactive, the lesions can be left alone and resolve within 6-12 months. The Molluscum Contagiosum of the genital area could be spread to partners or possibly the surrounding skin. These lesions may need to be removed with the use of radiofrequency, laser ablation and cryotherapy or needle extirpation followed by TCA application. Imiquimod cream is a non-invasive option. Over-the-counter treatments can include Zymaderm, Molluscum Rx and Poxiderm. These medications may need to be applied twice daily and then allowed to dry.

Could Molluscum Contagiosum be transmitted through an uninfected body part?

Molluscum Contagiosum can be transmitted to other individuals. If someone is infected with the virus and they do not wash their hands, the virus could be spread just by shaking hands. Also, this virus could be spread to towels or clothing and other objects that come into contact with people. If an infected individual touches the skin or an infected area, it could be beneficial to practice proper hand washing frequently. Washing all clothing, sheets and towels can help kill this virus.

What are ways that Molluscum Contagiosum can be transmitted?

The different ways that Molluscum Contagiosum can be transmitted can include:
• Through sharing bathing sponges and the sharing of towels.
• Wrestling
• From a medical practitioner to several patients

therefore, it is implied the virus can be transmitted through direct human to human contact. Also, the virus can be transmitted through contact with infected objects. There are conflicting medical reports that are still unclear as to whether the virus can be spread through simple contact with intact lesions or if the lesion needs to be broken and the transferring of the core material is needed for transmission. A secondary spread of the virus can occur through autoinoculation and by shaving and electrolysis.

This condition is considered a fairly common skin infection. It can occur in children or adults as a sexually transmitted infection. Often, doctors may recommend many different creams and procedures to treat the infection. Also, a doctor may recommend the wait and watch approach as the virus can clear itself. This infection can be transmitted easily, so it is important to be careful when infected. When someone has been diagnosed with Molluscum Contagiosum or are showing symptoms of this condition, questions can arise regarding alternative treatment options and the life-long compilations. For more information or answers to these questions, individuals can contact an Expert.
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