Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Molluscum Contagiosum

Frequently Asked Questions About Molluscum Contagiosum

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  • A person can be affected with molluscum contagiosum by touching the lesion/s of an infected person. These lesions or bumps are triggered by the molluscum contagiosum virus
  • Good options for alleviating molluscum contagiosum include essential oils like tea tree oil and oregano oil. Both these substances have components that can combat the molluscum contagiosum virus

Q: How do you get molluscum contagiosum?

A: A person can be affected with molluscum contagiosum by touching the lesion/s of an infected person. These lesions or bumps are triggered by the molluscum contagiosum virus.1

Q: Is molluscum contagiosum contagious?

A: Yes. There are numerous modes of transmission for molluscum contagiosum. People can be infected when they touch or come into contact with lesions via the following ways:2,3

Playtime (usually among children)

Contact sports wherein bare skin is exposed, such as wrestling or football

Touching items that have been used by infected people, such as towels, clothes, toys and sports equipment

Sexual intercourse

Autoinoculation (shaving or touching the lesion then touching another part of the body afterwards)4

Undergoing electrolysis

Q: Is molluscum contagiosum curable?

A: Fortunately, this infection is curable as it usually goes away on its own in six to 12 months. While you’re infected, doctors may recommend procedures to alleviate this infection, such as cryotherapy, curettage, laser therapy and topical therapy. The major caveats about these measures, however, are the possibility of scarring on the skin and the potential use of anesthesia.

Plus, procedures may be costly for some because they involve treating each bump that appears on the body, thereby requiring more than one session. For patients with large bumps, retreatment may be required every three to six weeks until the bumps fade away.5 Meanwhile, some doctors may recommend these other treatments to address molluscum contagiosum:6

Creams that contain podophyllin, salicylic acid, tretinoin and cantharidin

Topical desonide cream

Anti-inflammatory medicines like diclofenac gel

Drugs or medicines like Valtrex, cimetidine or Tagamet (may be useful for children), or imiquimod or Aldara

Q: How do you get rid of molluscum contagiosum fast?

A: If you or someone you know has molluscum contagiosum but has a healthy immune system, treatments (like the aforementioned procedures above) won’t be needed to address the infection. This is because, as mentioned, the bumps may fade away over time, usually within six to 12 months, without medicine.

However, people with immune system problems may require immediate treatment since the infection can be more persistent and may last even longer. Other groups that may need treatment for molluscum contagiosum include patients with:7,8

Large lesions on the face and neck

A skin disease like atopic dermatitis

Concerns about transmitting the virus

Immune systems that have been compromised because of diseases like HIV or cancer-treating drugs

Q: How do you treat molluscum contagiosum naturally?

A: If you want to treat molluscum contagiosum, consider the following natural remedies that can target the lesions:9,10,11

Neem

Apple cider vinegar (ACV)

Coconut oil

Aloe vera

Australian lemon myrtle

Calendula

Alcohol

Colloidal oatmeal baths

Other good options to alleviate molluscum contagiosum include essential oils like tea tree oil and oregano oil. Both these substances have components that can combat the molluscum contagiosum virus.

MORE ABOUT MOLLUSCUM CONTAGIOSUM

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Molluscum Contagiosum Symptoms

Molluscum Contagiosum Causes

Molluscum Contagiosum Treatment

Molluscum Contagiosum Prevention

Molluscum Contagiosum Diet

Molluscum Contagiosum FAQ


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