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What is Molluscum?
Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection of the skin and occasionally of the mucous membranes. It is caused by the Molluscum Contagiosum Virus.
How to identify molluscum?
Molluscum contagiosum lesions are flesh-colored, dome-shaped, and pearly in appearance. They are often 1-5 millimeters in diameter, with a dimpled center.
Is Molluscum Painful?
They are generally not painful, hence people tend to ignore it in initial stages and seek help only when they increase in number.
Is it contagious?
Yes. It spreads by seeding to the surrounding areas and can spread from one person to other by direct contact.
What are the common sites?
Molluscum can affect any area of the skin but is most common on the trunk of the body, arms, and legs. In children, face is most commonly affected.
How to get rid of it?
Smaller molluscums are generally removed by a procedure called "Needling". Larger molluscums require electrocauterisation or radiofrequency removal.
What is the role of creams and acid application on molluscum?
The problem with molluscum is that because it has a tendency to spread, it has to be nipped in the bud the moment it is diagnosed. The over the counter creams or acid applications only burn the surface of the molluscum causing burns and leave marks without actually eliminating the root cause. Hence they are not recommended.
Does it recur?
Yes, they can recur because molluscum sows seeds when it appears on the skin which are not visible to the naked eye. So often after complete removal of a molluscum,patients come back saying that a new one has come up.The idea is to get it removed immediately so that there is less time for a new molluscum to sow seeds.
How to prevent it from acquiring?
The only way to prevent it from acquiring is to avoid contact with those who have it.
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