Molluscum Contagiosum In Naperville, IL
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What is Molluscum Contagiosum?
Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral skin infection characterized by the development of small, raised, and painless bumps on the skin's surface. This contagious viral infection is caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV), a member of the poxvirus family. It is a common skin condition affecting children but can also occur in adults, particularly in individuals with weakened immune systems.
How Does Molluscum Contagiosum Appear on Skin?
Molluscum lesions are often found in clusters and can appear anywhere on the body from the face, trunk, arms and legs. They appear as blisters but are usually painless, although itching, redness, or tenderness may occasionally occur, especially if the lesions become irritated or inflamed.
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How do you get Molluscum Contagiosum?
Transmission of the virus typically occurs through direct skin-to-skin contact, contact with contaminated objects, such as towels or bedding, or scratching the affected area, leading to the spread of the virus to adjacent skin.
How is Molluscum Contagiosum Treated?
If left untreated, Molluscum Contagiosum can resolve in approximately 6 months to 2 years.
Treatment options for Molluscum include various approaches such as:
Topical Medication: Beetle juice, also known as cantharidin, is a substance derived from the blister beetle. Cantharidin works by causing blister formation at the site of the application.
Topical Prescriptions: Retinoids work by modulating the growth and differentiation of skin cells. Specifically, they can help treat molluscum by promoting the shedding of infected skin cells.
Cryosurgery: A procedure where liquid nitrogen is applied to the affected area. The extremely cold temperature freezes the target tissue, causing cellular destruction through ice crystal formation.