Molluscum Contagiosum Treatment Information
Molluscum Contagiosum is a skin virus similar to the virus that causes a wart. It is usually found in children and is somewhat contagious. It is often contracted from exposure to infected playmates by direct skin to skin contact. Playing in swimming pools is also a very common transmission route.
Once the molluscum appear, one to two months after exposure, it is spread by scratching and by touching adjacent skin. It may become swollen and appear infected intermittently. This usually signals its spontaneous disappearance. Left alone, molluscum may spread extensively but will eventually spontaneously disappear, often leaving only tiny pinpoint scars. Resolution occurs from six months to two years after their original occurrence.
The approach to treatment depends on the age of the child and the number and location of the lesions. Treatments may include freezing with liquid nitrogen, burning with a light touch of electrical current, scraping the lesion off with an instrument called a curette or application of topical medications such as Cantharidin or Aldara. A fairly effective treatment that is painless is the application of a chemical known as Cantharidin. When applied painlessly to the skin with a cotton swab, this medication produces a blister within 24 hours.