Molluscum Contagiosum is a medical condition caused by a virus referred to as Molluscum Contagiosum Virus. It is an infection of the skin that manifests in lesions and small bumps on the outer skin layers. In most cases, these lesions or bumps are painless and disappear without medical attention after a period of between six months and one year.
However, in some cases, these lesions can last for up to four years. If the immune system is very weak, the lesions are usually big in size, appear more frequently around the face and tend to be resistant to therapy.
Molluscum Contagiosum is a highly infectious virus. If you come into contact with the bare skin of an infected person, the virus will be transferred to you. In most instances, this virus will be transmitted through sexual intercourse. The bodily fluids, including semen, are other mediums through which the virus is transmitted from one person to another.
This virus can also be transmitted through sharing of equipment such as towels and clothing. This is due to the fact the Molluscum virus survives for quite a while even when outside the body.
Once you get the virus, you become prone to spreading it to other parts of your body. This could be through scratching, shaving or even simply touching the lesions and then touching other parts of your body before carefully washing your hands.
It takes between two and seven weeks for the symptoms to manifest from the time a person is infected. The lesions may appear singularly or in groups of up to twenty bumps on a particular area.
According to MolluscumRX, if you have the lesions on your genitalia, it is advisable that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. This is primarily because you are likely to transmit the disease as an STI to other persons through sexual contact, mainly through body fluids and semen.
This is whereby creams containing medicinal chemicals and acids are applied to the sores in order to cause peeling of the top layer of the bumps. Podophyllotoxin is a cream that is used to treat this condition in men. You need to apply the ointment on each lesion and not treat the whole area collectively for the best outcome. Salicylic acid and salt, as well as potassium hydroxide, are also recommended for topical therapy.
You can use these home remedies to treat the lesions without having to visit a doctor. However, it is very imperative that you get advice from a qualified professional on how to go about the whole procedure successfully.
According to Healthline, these medications should only be carried out by trained professionals because they are complicated to handle. This type of medication usually requires other measures such as anesthesia and painkillers due to the resultant pain and irritation. In addition, if you try to remove the lesions on your own, you might end up infecting other parts of your body. This will prolong the recovery period or lead to bigger health problems.
There are persons who suffer from medical conditions that make it hard for the body to respond positively to the above treatment methods, especially people with AIDS and other medical conditions that suppress the immune system. In many instances, such patients will suffer a recurrence of the Molluscum shortly after treatment.
Low CD4cell count usually facilitates the extensive spread of the Molluscum virus, especially facial Molluscum, thus making the patient suffer more severely from HIV. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, therapies that target improving CD4 cell count have proven to be the best in tackling Molluscum in immunocompromised persons.
Intralesional interferon is used to treat patients that have poor immunity. However, this carries with it severe side effects including site tenderness, influenza symptoms, lethargy, and depression. However, in healthy persons, interferon is a very effective therapy for this condition.