Molluscum contagiosum is a contagious viral skin disease common among babies and children. It is transmitted by direct contact. The skin-to-skin contact spreads it. It is also called ‘Water warts’. It usually affects children between the age group of 1-10 years and whose immune system is being compromised. It is common in children who go to daycare wherein the germs happen to linger and spread. In adults, the viral infection may spread among people who are sexually active with a couple of associates or getting in touch with a person who has the infection.
It is characterized by a wart-like lesion on the skin. The lesions are relatively harmless and painless. The bumps resulting due to a virus may remain for 6 months to 1 year and disappear without leaving any scar. Molluscum contagiosum lesions are pink flesh-colored lesions that are dome-shaped and pearly in appearance. It may be a single bump or scattered bumps of less than 5 millimeters in size and dimpled in the center with itching. Scratching or picking these lesions may lead to further spread of the disease. In some cases, one might develop eczema around the lesions of molluscum contagiosum. Sometimes, the lesions may complicate secondary bacterial infections. It typically affects the face, arms, legs, torso, armpits, genitals, sides of the trunk, and the lower abdomen. There are no systemic symptoms.
The danger of acquiring the infection is high in those individuals who spend time in child care and school, who develops a weak immune system with underlying sickness conditions, such as AIDS and cancer, who have sex with multiple partners, who make the use of public washrooms, and who touch the surfaces in gymnasiums which might have been contaminated with the virus, who come in close contact with an infected person, such as hairdresser, personal gym trainer, and massage therapist, etc.
Conventional Management of Molluscum Contagiosum:
Most often, it resolves spontaneously. The treatment for molluscum isn’t always necessary or recommended because most cases will clear abreast of their own within the span ranging from several months to a year. It is often advised to wait and watch. Sometimes, assisted removal is also an option, such as cryotherapy, curettage, cantharidin, and topical podophyllotoxin.
How to Get Rid of Molluscum Contagiosum with Homeopathy?
Homeopathic medicines have anti-viral benefits that help to control the viral activity and heals the lesions. Homeopathic remedies help to heal the skin and resolve molluscum symptoms more quickly. Usually, even in Homeopathic protocol, it is advisable to wait and watch as it resolves on its own, but, in cases wherein one has the tendency of recurrence and experiences severe itching or irritation Homeopathic treatment is strongly recommended. As it is a cosmetic concern, homeopathy helps to fix it quickly. If there are many bumps, the treatment is given for a long time until the growths vanish and continued to treat it at the root level.
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How to Stop Molluscum Contagiosum from Spreading?
Here are some helpful tips that can help curb the spread of Molluscum Contagiosum.
- If more than one person sleeps in one bed, it is advisable to change the sheets or beddings often and wash the bedsheets frequently.
- Do not share towels and clothes with someone infected.
- Avoid sex if there are active lesions
- Do wash towels, blankets, and other fabrics in the home often.
- Bathe the children after they visit daycare, and encourage them to wash their hands often. Do not share clothing with other kids.
- Take a shower after coming back home from the gymnasium, fitness facility, or after playing sports, and make sure you have a shower and not baths.
- Avoid bathtubs and do not share baths
- Wash your hands often practice good hygiene. Proper handwashing is one of the best and effective ways to prevent the spread of the infection. It is advisable to add an alcohol-based hand wash. Wash the hands properly. Be sure you wash them using a good hand wash or soap for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching the lesions as touching, scratching, or rubbing the lesions speeds up its spread.
- Avoid shaving the affected area as it may spread.
- Do cover the lesions, and the lesions which are not covered by clothing needs to be covered with a bandage.
- Avoid swimming when infected as it may spread to other people
- Disinfect toys and furniture
- Add 1 cup Epsom salt to the bath.
- Don’t share clothes.
- Don’t wear tight clothes
- Don’t forget to carry a towel at the gym and pools
- Use some oils such as neem oil, lavender essential oil, tea tree oil, or oregano oil which has antiviral properties.
- Boost your immunity. Some supplements are useful in improving immunity, such as vitamin C, zinc, and probiotic supplement.
- Manage stress
So, if you happen to suffer from Molluscum Contagiosum any time, follow these helpful tips and count on homeopathy without a second thought to obtain relief.