Molluscum contagiosum are a non-threatening skin infection caused by a type of poxvirus. The typical symptoms of infection are small, skin-coloured bud-like lesions which can grow to a diameter of between 2-5 mm. Located in the centre of the lesions is something which resembles a crater. Within the crater there can be a wax-like whitish mass. With time, the lesions will become red and irritated, and will in many cases eventually tear and heal.
The viral infection and lesions are primarily a cosmetic inconvenience and cause no health-threatening effects. The unfortunate case with molluscum contagiosum is that the viral infection is stubborn; it often takes more than six months and, in worse cases, a number of years for the body to defeat the infection and for the lesions to disappear. Molluscum contagiosum is most common in children and adolescents, but can also infect adults.
Treatment or not?
There is no health-related reason to eliminate or treat molluscum contagiosum. The lesions disappear by themselves, once the body has cured itself of the viral infection. With that said, the lesions can be considered unsightly and it can take a long period of time before the lesions disappear on their own. Keep in mind that treatment of molluscum contagiosum does not receive high priority by for example doctors or clinics. This is primarily because the lesions do not present a health threat, and that treatment can result in scarring.
There is, however, a method of speeding up the healing process, so that the lesions disappear more quickly. With the aid of a wart remedy or a treatment of molluscum contagiosum, one can remove the lesions as well as shorten the healing time of the infection. Most often, it is a liquid that is applied to the molluscum lesions that either remove the lesions or attack the virus. Larger molluscum lesions or a lesion which is very embarrassingly situated can be removed surgically, but this is not particularly common.
Wart remedies and molluscum contagiosum treatments
Treatments for molluscum contagiosum or wart remedies are good, merciful methods for removing lesions which are considered unsightly. The treatments are easy to administer; one simply applies the remedy to the molluscum leison that is to be removed. The remedy then works either toward removal of the lesions or, in certain cases, against the viral infection which is causing the lesions. This treatment bears a very low risk of scarring, is usually successful and shortens the time you have to put up with the lesions.
In certain cases, molluscum lesions can be removed surgically. It is possible to remove them by scraping (curettage), burning (laser therapy), chemically burning (topical therapy) or by freezing (cryotherapy). The operation is usually performed with the aid of local anaesthesia, and is usually done in the doctor’s surgery or at a clinic.
However, molluscum lesions are not normally removed surgically. Surgery is used primarily when the molluscum lesions are large, located in plain view or are visibly embarrassing. Because of the risk of scarring and other complications, surgery is not a usual form of treatment. It is very uncommon that surgery is used against molluscum lesions in children, since a certain risk exists of causing a fear of hospitals.