Molluscum contagiosum, symptoms and treatment
In most cases, the disease passes by itself, without any treatment.
Molluscum contagiosum mainly occurs in children aged 1 to 12 years, but they may get sick:
- adolescents and adults;
- professional athletes( wrestlers, swimmers, gymnasts);
- people with weakened immune system;
- people who are HIV-infected, who have undergone chemotherapy or steroid treatment.
You can get infected by contact of a sick person's skin with a healthy skin.
Causes of development ofA molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus( MCV).The disease is especially common in countries with warm and humid climates.
Infection occurs by direct contact with the skin. In children, infection can occur through an object( for example, through toys, etc.).
Not every person is infected. In adults with good immunity, infection usually does not occur. The situation is similar in children, if a child eats well and leads an active lifestyle, often walks in the fresh air, then most likely he will not become infected with a short contact.
Symptoms of molluscum contagiosumThe only symptom is skin rashes. Molluscs begin their growth from a small white point, later growing to the size of a pea. A shellfish may be one on a large area of the skin, or there may be quite a few on small areas of the baby's body.
Usually mollusks are painless, but in some cases they can become inflamed and cause severe skin itching or pain.
DiagnosisThe disease is diagnosed by external examination. In some cases, a skin scraping of the skin affected by mollusks
may be required. Treatment of molluscum contagiosumIn most cases, no treatment for molluscs is required, they pass on their own( within 2-3 months).Nevertheless, new mollusks appear and the disease as a whole can last up to 4 years, until the mollusks completely disappear.
Sometimes physicians resort to therapeutic procedures that allow them to get rid of shellfish much faster:
- removal of mollusks with a scalpel and / or tweezers;
- removal of molluscs by chemical moxibustion;
- removal of molluscs by cryotherapy;
- removal of molluscs by curettage;
- mollusc therapy with cimetidine.
Complications ofMolluscum contagiosum usually does not cause problems in the future, the skin after them remains completely clean, but a secondary infection can develop which, in rare cases, causes various cosmetic defects to appear on the skin.
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