Many people have never heard of molluscum and have no idea what molluscum treatment options include. We’ll tell you about the skin condition known as molluscum, or molluscum contagiosum, which is caused by a virus in the pox family, and how it is commonly treated.
It’s a viral infection of the skin caused a virus in the pox family. That means it’s related to viruses like chicken pox and small pox, but it’s much less serious than those viruses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(1), cases of molluscum have been increasing since 1966 but because molluscum contasiosum infections are not closely monitored the way some other infectious diseases are, there are no accurate statistics showing exactly how many people get the virus. It’s more common in young people and in those with impaired immune systems, however.
Molluscum causes small, itchy bumps on the skin. The flesh-colored bumps are smaller than a pencil eraser but the affected area may become red and inflamed, especially if you scratch much (try not to scratch, though, because scratching can easily spread the infection and make matters worse). Here are some more pictures of molluscum contagiosum.
Molluscum often clears up on its own without any treatment. However, people often want a molluscum cure for two reasons. First, the bumps can itch. They usually aren’t painful, but if you scratch them, they can become sore. They can also become infected if you scratch them. Second, molluscum is highly contagious. It also takes a long time to clear up on its own, as long as 12 months. People often prefer to get treatment so it goes away faster.
Medications for molluscum are usually topical medications that are applied directly to the bumps. They include:
Topical medications can be difficult to use if you have a lot of bumps. Imagine trying to apply medication to 30 or more bumps, while avoiding getting it on the surrounding skin!
Oral antiviral medications may also be prescribed in some cases. Oral medications can be easier to use than topical medications, but they carry a much greater risk of side effects.
Oral antibiotics may also be needed if the affected areas get infected due to excessive scratching.
Other methods of treating molluscum include:
These treatments are usually effective but may be painful, especially if you have a lot of bumps to be removed.
Our favorite treatment for molluscum is Naturasil. It’s made from natural plant extracts and is applied topically to the bumps. As with other topical treatments, it can be a bit tedious to use if you have many bumps because it must be applied to each one. Unlike most other topical treatments, though, Naturasil contains no potentially harmful chemicals so it’s much less likely to irritate your skin or have other side effects (although even the gentlest of natural treatments can occasionally cause side effects). We suggest checking with your pediatrician before using Naturasil on young children, even though the natural ingredients should be safe for children. To learn more about Naturasil and see if it might be a good choice for you, just follow the link to the company website.
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