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Treatment for molluscum contagiosum in Boston aims to help manage this common viral infection, which can affect children and adults alike. Prompt treatment is necessary to prevent transmission through direct or indirect contact. Though it is benign, it can lead to complications, which makes it important to seek treatment right away.
What Is Molluscum Contagiosum?
Molluscum contagiosum is an infection caused by a poxvirus of the same name. It appears in the form of a rash with a raised, round, skin-colored appearance. The lesions are very small and may appear pink and shiny with an indentation on the top. The papules can be very itchy, which raises the chance of transmitting it to nearby skin or other body parts.
Transmission and Prevention
Direct transmission through contact with an infected person is common. It can also be transmitted through items used or surfaces touched. Sharing towels or sports equipment can easily spread the virus, as can swimming in pools. Scratching or shaving a bump and then touching a different part of the body can also proliferate the virus.
To prevent molluscum contagiosum transmission and infection, keep your hands clean with regular washing. Do not touch or scratch the affected area. Do not share personal items. Covering the lesions with bandages or clothing can also prevent the spread of the virus. Avoid sexual contact, as it can also be passed on through intimate interactions.
If you have noticed molluscum contagiosum’s distinct rash, you should seek medical attention. Your consultation will include a physical evaluation of the affected area. Additional tests may be done, such as skin testing or a biopsy. Your medical history will be reviewed to check for risk factors.
Treatment for Molluscum Contagiosum
Not all patients need to undergo treatment, since this viral infection is harmless and should resolve itself within six to twelve months. However, if your bumps are large and persistent, you may be prescribed topical ointments. Patients who are diagnosed with HIV may be given antiretroviral therapy to strengthen their immune system.
There are also physical molluscum contagiosum treatments available, such as cryotherapy, laser treatment, and curettage. Through cryotherapy, liquid nitrogen is used to freeze each bump. Ablative lasers are also used to destroy the papules. Curettage involves gently piercing the core, then scraping it off the skin. These treatments may require more than just one session if the rash is severe.
The Recovery Process
For individuals with a healthy immune system and overall good health, recovery from a molluscum contagiosum infection can take several months. If you are immunocompromised, it could take years before the lesions disappear. You can still contract the infection again if you are in contact with the virus.
Possible Complications of Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum contagiosum complications include inflammation of the bumps and the skin around them. Scratching can open up the lesion, making it prone to infection and scarring. If the eyelids become infected, this can lead to conjunctivitis.
Contact Us to Learn More
Learn more about potential treatment options for molluscum contagiosum in Boston. Contact Westford Dermatology & Cosmetic Center to schedule a consultation today.
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