Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection of the skin caused by the Molluscum Contagiosum Virus.
It causes single or multiple raised pearl-like bumps on the skin. This affects mostly children as it spreads from person to person by contact.
- Small, raised, round and flesh-colored with a small or dot at the top near the center – typically under about 1/4 inch (smaller than 6 mm) in diameter.
- Redness of affected area.
- They are not painful, sometimes mild irritation or itching may present.
- In children – The face, neck, armpits, arms, and tops of the hands in commonly involved in children.
- In adults – May be seen on the genitals, lower abdomen, buttocks, and inner upper thighs if the infection was sexually transmitted.
- Rarely – Found on mouth, lips, and eyelids.
- If scratched, these bumps can become infected.
- Conjunctivitis when the eyelid is infected
- Diagnosis mostly by Clinical examination
- Rarely – skin biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.
SPREAD OF INFECTION
- The virus can spread through contact with contaminated objects, such as towels, clothing, or toys.
- Sharing a personal item, such as clothing or a towel, with the infected person.
- Scratching or rubbing the bumps, can spread the virus to the nearby areas of the skin.
- Wash your hands frequently to avoid the spread of infection.
- Avoid touching, scratching or shaving over the affected parts.
- Avoid sharing your personal items such as clothing, towels, hairbrushes, or other personal items. Refrain from borrowing these items from others as well.
- If you have an infection in the genitals, avoid sexual contact until the infection completely disappeared.
- Wash your hands well and often with soap and water.
- If it is present over the face, avoid shaving.
- Avoid sexual activity, if the bumps are on genitals.
- Cover the bumps with a watertight bandage before swimming or doing activities with close contact or shared equipment
- Don’t share personal items such as unwashed clothes, hairbrushes, wristwatches, and bar soap with others.
Molluscum Contagiosum can be effectively cured with homeopathic medicines, and also it prevents the recurrence of infection. Homeopathic medicine helps to relieve the itchiness and heal the bumps.
A randomized control trial on the effectiveness of Homeopathic Medicines (such as Thuja, Ruta, Calcarea carb, Causticum) for the treatment of Warts and Molluscum Contagiosum (Manchanda et al. 1997) compared with placebo with 124 people showed 81% improvement in people treated with Homeopathic medicines and 19% improvement in patients treated with placebo.
Another study conducted by Swamy Shraddhamamaynanda and Ashok Kumar Pradhan on Early remission of Molluscum Contagiosum(MC) under Homeopathic treatment at Ramakrishna Mission Medical Unit, West Bengal 100 patients infected with MC were treated with single Homeopathic medicine Dulcamara along with the control group of 10 cases treated with placebo. Out of 100 patients 90 patients showed improvement within 15 days and most of them were cured within 1-2 months. This study indicates the definite role of Homeopathic medicines in the early resolution of Molluscum Contagiosum.
Do not Self-medicate. Consult your Homoeopathic Doctor before taking any medications. As Homoeopathic treatment believes individualization, the treatment protocol differ from person to person depends on their symptoms, type, severity and associated illness.
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