Deciding upon molluscum contagiosum treatment will depend on where the skin rash is located and how severe the symptoms. Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus and is spread by direct contact. Person to person contact or sharing items such as clothing can cause transmission to another person.
Molluscum contagiosum appears as small raised bumps on the skin. The pumps are approximately 3mm to 6mm but can be as large as 3cm. Lesions are usually found on the eyelids, underarms, neck, thighs and face. Adults may have an outbreak in the genital area.
Depending on the severity of the outbreak, molluscum contagiosum treatment is not always necessary. Lesions will often disappear on their own and heal without leaving any scarring. However, wide spread lesions may necessitate treatment. Common medical treatments include:
* curettage – scraping of the lesions
* cautery – removal of lesions using heat
* cryotherapy – removal of lesions using liquid nitrogen
Physicians may also decide to prescribe prescription creams to apply to the affected areas. Prescribed creams can include one or more of the following:
* trichloroacetic acid
* cantharidin – must be applied by the physician
* topical podophyllotoxin cream
* cidofovir – given via an IV for eye involvement
Natural solutions for molluscum contagiosum treatment are varied. You should always check with your health care provider before beginning treatment to decide what options suit your individual needs best. Natural treatments include the following:
* apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar is acidic and helps promote alkaline in the body naturally. Drinking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water daily may help reduce the molluscum contagiosum outbreak.
* garlic – Eat raw garlic daily to help the body’s natural immune system fight the virus. Garlic has both anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.
* turmeric – Turmeric is a natural remedy to help boost the body’s immune system. It has anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Apply turmeric directly on the molluscum contagiosum lesions. Do not take turmeric orally.
Preventing the spread of molluscum contagiosum is an important part of any treatment plan. Always wash your hands, avoid touching the lesions, do not let others use your personal items, cover the lesions if possible and avoid any sexual relations until the lesions have disappeared.
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