Every year I see a handful of children with Molluscum: benign little hard, pink or red, raised bumps or papules erupting on the torso, under the armpits, behind the knees or in the groin area. Papules have a characteristic dimple in the middle and are not painful but can be itchy and are caused by the common Molluscum Contagiosum Virus. In 9 out of 10 cases, symptoms affect children although they can appear at any age.
The virus lives up to its name, spreading via infected persons or objects, such as toys or towels, and thriving on wet surfaces such as swimming pool areas. It can be inadvertently spread to other parts of the body by scratching infected areas and in adults through sexual contact.
Although it’s not known exactly how long the virus can be contagious, it is thought it may be until the last bump disappears. MC is not like the chicken pox or herpes virus and does not remain dormant in your body and then reappear.
Usually with younger children the best advice is to try and stop them touching or scratching the eruption and routine medical treatment is not generally recommended. The infection does not usually interfere with everyday life or activities and the infection usually clears up on its own within 6 -18 months.
However for older children and adults, and for those who find the symptoms particularly unsightly and distressing, they may be offered medical treatment. This can either be topically as liquid gels or creams such as Benzoyl Peroxide or cryotherapy where papules are frozen off, both of which can be a bit painful and leave small scars.
Research shows Homeopathy can often be particularly helpful in speeding up the painless resolution of the infection.
“ Issy contracted molluscum which can take up to 12 months to clear and there is no recognised treatment available – however through taking Cathy’s remedy it cleared up completely within a couple of months”
Mrs C M, Micheldever, Hants – mother of 10 yr old.
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