What is molluscum contagiosum?
Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection caused by molluscum contagiosum virus characterized by presentation of small, pink, water filled, pink lesions with a dimple at the centre with occasional itch or sore and may be present singly or in groups.
The disease is self-limiting though take years sometimes to get resolved.
The condition is contagious and may spread through direct contact or via contaminated objects and lesion may spread to other areas of the body parts by touching the parts after scratching the lesion.
Though it is a self limiting disease, cryotherapy is advised but it is not an ideal way.
Symptoms & causes -
Painless, fluid filled, pinkish red papules on any part of the body which may itch occasionally.
Molluscum contagiosum is caused by virus (mollascum contagiosum virus) causing fluid filled lesions.
Diagnosis & treatment -
- Typical appearance of the rash is enough for diagnosis.
- Skin scraping or biopsy would further confirm the diagnosis.
- Cryotherapy is advised but should not be done as it is not going to help.
- The disease is self limiting so usually don't need any treatment as the rash disappears in 3-4 months.
- Medicines can be given if they persist.
- Counseling that the disease is self-limiting and would be gone in some time.
- Advice on care of the rashes should be given.
- Proper hygiene should be maintained.
- Homeopathic medicines.
Homeopathic management -
- Homeopathy can remove the lesions early and can help overcome the associated symptoms like itching, soreness and pain.
- Few medicines for mollascums are- merc sol, thuja, graphites, sulphur, nitric acid.
- But medicines should always be taken under guidance of qualified homoeopath as self medication may complicate the disease and make it worse.
Do’s and don’ts -
- Don't scratch the rashes.
- Don't clean the rashes harshly
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