Molluscum or in a complete name is molluscum contagiosum. First time you hear it, it’s like a spell from a Harry Potter movie, a spell that can give something bad to the victim. Well, there is something true about that.
Molluscum contagiosum is actually a name of the virus that infects the skin. The virus causes you to have bumps on the skin upper layers. The bump that is caused by this virus is not painful.
It is easy to be disappeared by it. There will be no scar left when it’s disappeared. The period of time that the virus stay on the skin is varies for each person. For the bumps, it is usually stay about 2 months to 4 years.
This little virus is spread by contacting directly with the infected lesion. It can also be spread by contacting a contaminated object like towel. Leaving the bumps untreated is okay for you if the virus does not stay for long time. It will be no problem.
If the bumps stay longer than expected, you should consider getting treatments. As long as the bumps are not severe, getting treatment is not important. There are also some kind of medication and surgical treatments you can get if necessary. Surgical treatment can be taken when the virus getting more difficult to treat. It happens especially if you have an immune system that is weakened.
This contagious virus can be easily passed from one another. The people who are the most likely to get this infection is teens. The Teenagers that are most likely to get infected is a certain athletes. People who have weakened immune system has the same chances of molluscum infection.
If you have a kid who has a contact with molluscum contagiosum virus, there may be no symptoms will be seen in six months but the average period of the incubation is around 2 to 7 weeks. You will see small group of bumps. These painless lesions may appear alone in form of groups of 20. The bumps will be:
– So small in size, appeared to be shiny and smooth
– in pink or white color, or the color of flesh.
– in a shape like a dome. There will be a dent in the middle
– filled with a waxy material inside it.
– having the dome to be 2 to 5 millimeters in diameter.
– Not appear on the hand palms and the feet soles
But, there will be an exception if you have a weakened immune system, you can have bumps with larger diameter. The symptoms will be more significant. Typically, the lesions appear on the face very often and it is resistant to treatment.
This can be a hard thing to do. It is not the kind of diseases that can go away quickly and easily. The bumps can last about 6 months to 6 years if you leave it untreated. Getting rid of this virus is so hard because the bumps reside on the surface. It can be undetected for the natural defenses of your body. The other reason is because this virus is categorized as the largest virus of all the viruses. The structure is so complex, that is why molluscum has the ability to live for so long.
For you do not want to wait for so long to get rid of the virus, you may need these physician treatments. This is how to get rid of molluscum:
This therapy is done by freezing of the lesions. The therapist gives nitrogen to the bumps to get it frozen. Then, the bumps get removed while frozen.
In curettage, The doctor scoop the bumps out using a curette to remove them. A curette is an instrument in a surgery, designed for scraping biological tissue, excision or other cleaning procedures. It is like a small scoop.
Cantharadin is the most common treatments that doctors used in treating molluscum. Cantharadin is also known as “beetle juice”. To blister away the bumps, a liquid acid is used.
Those all 3 treatments of how to get rid of molluscum might be a problem for you. It is because the procedures of all of them are painful. The children would scream if they are treated with those 3 treatments but all of those treatments work well to get the bumps disappeared. Another problem is that these treatments can traumatize the skin surface. They may lead you to scarring.
There is one single hope that your kid can have without screaming in pain with all of the previous treatments mentioned. Some doctor would recommend to use drugs. The drugs are in form of antiviral creams. Aldara and Zyclara are two antiviral creams that are prescribed by some doctors. The bad part is that these creams are very expensive. The creams also have a low efficacy rate. The saddest part is up until now, there no doctor that come up with viable options.
There is still hope for getting rid of molluscum contagiosum. You can choose to have an over the counter drugs. The market of molluscum products is quite flooded. They have various ingredients and treatment patterns.
You can get them from about $30 to $100. The prices are depended on the treatment you choose. There are bunch of products claiming to get rid of the molluscum virus.
The products are in sorts of oils. You can try to use the products if you want the easiest way of treatment for getting rid of the virus.
If you have this virus and do not want other people to be infected by you, do not let them touching, or rubbing your bumps. You can also avoid spreading by having your own towel, and do not let other people use your towel.
Always put anything you already use away from other people. It is really helpful to get it less contagious. You and other people need to wash hands before and after doing anything that is related to physical contact with people who have the virus.