Molluscum Treatment Near Brandon, FL

What is Molluscum Contagiosum?

This is a common skin disease, caused by a poxvirus, which spreads easily from person to person. Children or adults can contract this infection by sharing clothing, touching infected surfaces, or via person-to-person contact.

Molluscum Contagiosum Causes

Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a poxvirus. According to the CDC, “Poxviruses exist throughout the world and cause disease in humans and many other types of animals. Poxvirus infections typically result in the formation of lesions, skin nodules, or disseminated rash.”  (https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/index.html) These legions are seen in molluscum contagiosum in the form of small white or pink bumps, sometimes exhibiting a pit or dimple in the center.

Molluscum contagiosum is contagious and people acquire the virus by coming into contact with an infected surface or an infected person. Wet environments such as baths, pools, and saunas have been considered as possible locations where the disease is spread. However, researchers believe it’s more likely that this is caused by the sharing of towels and other items in these areas.

It is possible and even likely that an individual can spread the disease throughout other parts of their body. This can be achieved by shaving or scratched the infected sites and then touching other areas of the skin, which will cause new bumps.

Those who have atopic dermatitis and those with weak immune systems are more susceptible to molluscum contagiosum.

Molluscum Contagiosum Symptoms

Bumps are the only known symptom of molluscum contagiosum. The bumps appear about 7 weeks after being exposed to the virus. Typically, they are white, pink, or flesh colored, however, they can turn red as the person’s immune system fights the virus. These bumps can become itchy, sore, or swollen. Often, they contain a dimple in the center, and this dimple may be filled with a thick, white substance. Molluscum contagiosum can appear anywhere on the body, but common areas include the face, neck, arms, hands and armpits. Other locations may include the genitals, legs, or abdomen. The bumps begin around the size of a pinhead and can enlarge to the size of a pea. Most people have about 10-20 bumps, but a person with a weakened immune system may develop around 100 bumps.

Molluscum Contagiosum in Adults vs Molluscum Contagiosum in Children

Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin rash in children, typically between the ages of 1 and 12, and can disappear on its own. Kids can acquire the virus by playing with toys formerly touched by children who have the infection (as well as through the ways listed above).

In adult cases it can be common for molluscum contagiosum to be spread through sexual contact.

Molluscum Contagiosum Treatment in Lithia, FL

Your dermatologist may be able to identify molluscum contagiosum through a visual examination, however, this skin infection does resemble other diseases such as chickenpox or warts. Your dermatologist may determine that it’s necessary to take a skin sample for diagnosis.

For treatment, your dermatologist may recommend topical cantharadin, which destroys the top layers of skin, cryosurgery or curettage. It is not recommended that patients try to remove these legions by themselves.

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