Molluscum contangiosum is a rash which spreads from one person to another through use of shared items like towels, clothing, etc or by direct contact. While this condition currently accounts to about 1% of all skin ailments in the United States, the incidence of the condition is gradually on the rise. The condition can affect children and young adults and it spreads by direct contact. This article provides relevant information of symptoms of molluscum contagiosum and how to treat the condition promptly.
Molluscum Contagiosum Causes
The condition is caused by poxvirus group and is transmitted from one person to another through direct contact or sharing of items like towels, clothing and washcloths.
Other high risk situations associated with the spread of the condition are while undergoing a major surgery or having a tattoo or having multiple sexually partners.
Some experts have even suggested that Molluscum contagiosum can be caused by contaminated toilet seats, though theoretically possible, it is very rare.
This condition is more frequently observed in individuals with compromised immunity like individuals suffering from cancers or HIV AIDS.
Symptoms Of Molluscum Contagiosum
- The incubation period lasts for about two to seven weeks and the condition starts manifesting in the form of tiny raised bumps, which measure about 3 mm in size, though larger bumps of 3 cm can also be noted.
- The skin appears pearly and smooth. As time progresses the centre becomes soft and indented and whitish in color. The core can be squeezed out and red scaling at the edges of the lesions remain.
- The condition is not associated with pain or itching and usually generalized symptoms like fever, malaise or nausea are not present.
Natural Treatment For Molluscum Contagiosum
The treatment for the condition may not be required, as the condition tends to resolve naturally within a few weeks. The condition usually heals without formation of scars. However in some cases treatment may be required.
Conventional treatment regimen comprises of scraping the lesion, also referred to as curettage or removal of the lesion by use of heat (cautery) or cold (cryotherapy).
There are certain home remedies that have been found useful in the treatment of the condition,
- Local application of tea tree oil diluted with almond oil is very useful in treating the condition. Tea tree oil has strong antibacterial properties which helps fight the infection, while almond oil helps in regeneration of the skin cells.
- Local application of turmeric powder mixed with raw honey also has a profound benefit. Turmeric and honey both are antimicrobial agents and honey further helps in soothing the skin. Turmeric helps in reducing the anti-inflammatory response at the site.
- Hygiene like taking bath regularly, avoiding crowded areas, washing clothes regularly, etc also are important to prevent re-infections.
- Healthy diet is also crucial to enhance immunity and increase susceptibility. Include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.