Molluscum Contagiosum is an infectious condition caused by the virus of the same name. It gives rise to benign raised bumps, or lesions, on the epidermis layers. The lumps it causes are typically round, firm, painless, and are characterized by a pinhole dot or dimple at the tip of the bumps. It can appear as a single puss-filled bump or a patch of several lesions over a specific part of the skin.
In adults, this virus can infect the inner thighs and genitals via sexual transmission and generally cause no symptoms. Though it can disappear in a few weeks to months without treatment, if the infection occurs in a visible region such as your face or neck, it can cause serious anxiety and discomfort.
With facial molluscum contagiosum, kids become irritable and often complain about inflammation. It can also appear on the abdomen, torso, arms, and legs of children.
What Are the Causes of Molluscum Contagiosum?
Since it is a contagious condition, if the lesions are scratched or broken, the virus can spread in the surrounding skin and even to other people who touch the infected skin.
Molluscum Contagiosum can survive on external surfaces, and hence, can also be contracted by touching infected objects such as towels, clothes, sports gear, etc.
Teens usually contract it while playing contact sports like football or through sexual genital contact.
People who have weak immune systems due to systemic disorders are more prone to contract it and spread it.
Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema that can increase the chances of developing molluscum contagiosum.
How Does Dr. E Appraoch Molluscum Contagiosum Treatment?
Diagnosing molluscum contagiosum is much easier due to the distinct appearance of the lesions and bumps. Since they are contagious, the best course of action is to remove them surgically without allowing the virus to spread. Waiting for them to disappear isn’t a good option if you wish to continue your daily life.
As an experienced physician, Dr. Ebrahim has witnessed many cases of molluscum contagiosum in kids and adults and suggests only the best-suited treatment options for every individual.
She performs the most advanced cryotherapy for molluscum treatment. She also recommends topical treatments especially for children under the age of 10 who don’t respond well to cryotherapy