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How Is Molluscum Treated?

Sep 5, 2008
Molluscum Contagiosum Virus, or also known as MCV, is a highly contagious skin infection. It is caused by a pox virus that causes painful lesions, which can easily spread through person to person contact, as well as by contact with contaminated objects. Because there is no known cure for this virus it is extremely important to practice prevention if you or your child contracts this virus.

There are several treatments available through a pediatrician or dermatologist, but the virus itself can be misdiagnosed as some other type of skin problem, such as eczema, dry skin or an allergic reaction. In certain areas of the adult body, it could be an HPV infection.

There are normally two different courses of treatment for an individual with the Molluscum virus. One of them is to simply let the virus run through its natural course. This however, can take a period of about two years. The other treatment course is to have the lesions frozen or burnt off.

This procedure can be quite painful for the patient, and since the individual is most often a child, it can seem even more painful. While there is pain associated with burning or freezing the lesions off, letting it run through its natural course can threaten the individual's life because the lesions will allow other infections to enter the body.

MCV has three stages. First, you'll usually see tiny bumps in a patch that resemble goose bumps. From there, the virus will move into the second stage where the lesions look like flattened moles and then, finally, the third stage where the lesions will look like the pimples every teenager sees during puberty.

MCV affects mostly children, but can hit anyone of any age as well. In children, the virus is seen mostly on the face, neck, armpits, hands and arms. For adults it is seen as an STD, or sexually transmitted disease, on the lower abdomen, thigh area, buttocks and genitals.

One way to make sure that the Molluscum virus is not passed on to other individuals is to not allow them to use any of your personal items, like your towels, eating utensils or even hairbrushes. This is because the virus is so easily passed on. There is also another cure that is available to individuals, which is called the silver cure.

This cure was actually created by a doctor whose own granddaughters had the illness. It is important to speak to a physician if you think that you or a family member has this virus; as with other viruses, such as an HPV virus, it can be passed on.
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