Molluscum Contagiosum, commonly known as water warts, is a skin infection that is seen in both children and adults. When you catch the infection, small pearly lumps can be easily seen on the trunk of the body, arms, groin, and legs. While most people are resistant to the virus that causes this skin infection, it still affects more people than you can think of. The infection can be spread through skin-to-skin contact with infected person or it can be passed on by touching contaminated objects. It is common for children to catch the infection after coming into close contact with infected child. As Molluscum Contagiosum is contagious until the bumps are gone, it becomes important to prevent it from spreading from one part to another. Here are some tips how you can prevent Molluscum Contagiosum from spreading:
If you don’t want the infection to spread, it is essential that you treat it properly. There are several treatments of molluscum available on the market. You can consider using creams and lotions containing Benzoyl peroxide, Hydrogen peroxide, Potassium hydroxide, Iodine preparations and Imiquimod cream. All the creams are easily available over-the-counter and can help reduce the symptoms of molluscum, if used regularly. If you don’t want to use chemical-based products, then consider using natural solution like Zymaderm for Molluscum. It is a FDA approved solution that helps shrink lumps painlessly and discreetly. Do not squeeze the spots as it can pain and cause bleeding that increases the risk of spreading the infection.
If you have a skin infection then you should be careful regarding your hygiene. Take bath daily and use an antiseptic cleanser to wash the infected area. If you use loofah or mesh sponge to rub your skin, then make sure you use spate loofahs for infected and uninfected areas. Don’t rub vigorously in the area of infection as it might cause lumps to burst and spread the infection. Use a clean towel to pat dry you skin. Don’t use the same towel for drying infected and uninfected areas. Apply you treatment product immediately after taking bath. In children it is better to cover the infected area as they tend to remove the entire treatment product after application. If you are regular to gym then make sure you don’t expose yourself to more infections. Take shower after exercise and maintain basic hygiene like wearing clean cloths.
In case your bumps are increasing despite treatment, consider seeking professional help. Sometimes infection doesn’t clear even with treatment and becomes infected with bacteria. This usually happens if you have atopic eczema or a weakened immune system. In this case doctor might recommend you to take antibiotics. In rare cases, mollusca develop around the eyes and cause complications such as conjunctivitis or keratitis. Consult ophthalmologist for specialist treatment immediately. Sometimes molluscum leaves behind scars that get infected and become noticeable. Seek medical treatment for all these complications.
You can also consult the doctor if your lumps aren’t reducing. Doctor can recommend surgical removal of mollusca if infection is spreading. From laser removal to cryotherapy, there are many methods of surgical removal available on the market. Cryotherapy involves freezing the spots with liquid nitrogen to remove them, while Diathermy uses heat to remove the spots. Doctors can also remove spots by scraping them off with a thin metal instrument called a curette. You can also consider Pulsed-dye laser treatment but remember it is expensive as the average session usually costs around £100-£200. Its availability on the NHS is limited as priority is given to people you have severe skin conditions.