Pictures of Molluscum contagiosum show that it is a kind of rash. A rash is a general non specific term that describes any visible skin outbreak caused by some virus or allergy.
The Molluscum Contagioso virus was first described in 1817. The virus is a member of the Poxvirus family. It is very common and accounts for 1% of the skin disorders. It primarily affects children (more boys than girls) and young adults. The incidence of spread Molluscum contagiosum virus is increasing day by day
Molluscum Contagiosum causes
Molluscum contagiosum is transmitted by direct contact, either person to person or by shared items such as clothing, towels and wash cloths.
It can be spread by contact sports. Furthermore if a person touches the rash and then another part of the body, it may spread to that area (known as autoinoculation). If the face is involved , shaving might cause it to spread.
Although the contagiousness is generally not known or for how long an infected person can transmit the virus. Out breaks have occurred in swimming pools, wresting matches, during surgery by a surgeon with a hand lesion(sore) and sometimes with tattooing.
Symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum(MC)
After an incubation period of two to seven weeks the molluscum contagiosum rash begins as tiny papules (small raised bumps), each measuring 3-6 mm(about one- eighth to one quarter inch).
some may be as large as 3cm(about 1-2 inches)across.The MC rash initially appears as smooth to pearly to flesh colored, dome shaped papules.
With time, the centre becomes indented with a white curd like core. This core may be squeezed out easily. There might be redness and scaling at the edges of a lesion from inflammation or scratching.
Lesions may be located on any area of the skin or mucous membrane(such as the mouth or conjunctiva, the membrane that covers the eyes). They are usually grouped in one or two areas but they may be widely spread.
Most commonly they are found on the face , eyelids, neck, underarms and thighs. Adults often get them in the genital areas . usually fewer than 20 lesions appear, but several hundred are also possible.
Usually there is no itching or tenderness and there are no generalized symptoms such as fever, nausea or weakness. People with impaired immune systems can develop multiple widespread, persistent and disfiguring lesions, especially on the face and possibly involving the trunk and neck. These lesions can come together to form a giant lesion.
Molluscum contagiosum Treatment
The general treatment is done by popping the core containing the virus with a needle. The central waxy centre contains the virus. This procedure must be done regularly to prevent multiplying of the virus. Once the virus containing the head of the lesion has been destroyed, the infection is gone.
Sometimes the lesions can become irritated, inflamed by bacteria. If this occurs, consult a doctor to discuss the need for antibiotics.
Molluscum Contagiosum homeopathy is known to be quite effective and is strongly suggested for it’s treatment.
Medication should be given in connection with symptoms of individual patients. Some meds include Thuja occidentalis, dulcamara silica, natrum Muriaticum, rhus toxico dendron, Nitric acid and Aldara for Molluscum contagiosum, which is a topical medication used to treat various skin conditions. Aldara is what is called a biological response modifier, meaning that it teaches the body to recognize and destroy infected cells.
By Poonam Bindra
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