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- What is molluscum contagiosum?
- Is molluscum contagiosum contagious?
- What is the incubation period for molluscum contagiosum?
- How long does the infection with molluscum contagiosum last? When does a person become noncontagious?
- What causes molluscum contagiosum?
- What are risk factors for molluscum contagiosum?
- What are molluscum contagiosum symptoms and signs?
- How do physicians diagnose molluscum contagiosum?
- What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
- What type of doctors treat molluscum contagiosum?
- Are there any home remedies for molluscum contagiosum?
- What is the prognosis of molluscum contagiosum?
- Is it possible to prevent molluscum contagiosum?
What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
For most patients, no treatment is needed because the lesions spontaneously disappear in about six to 12 months, although for a few, it may take up to four years. Discuss any treatment method with a doctor. Cryotherapy (freezing), curettage (cutting out the lesions), and laser therapy also may remove lesions. In addition, creams that include podophyllin, salicylic acid, tretinoin (Retin A, Atralin, Renova, Avita, Altinac), and cantharidin may remove lesions. An antiviral medication (Valtrex) has been used treat the disease. Physicians may use cimetidine (Tagamet) to treat molluscum contagiosum in small children. A new medication, imiquimod (Aldara), helps to strengthen the skin's immune response and may help to get rid of the lesions in some people. Topical desonide cream (a low-dose corticosteroid) reduces any symptoms that may accompany scratching the nodules. Some physicians may treat the disease with topical anti-inflammatory medications like diclofenac gel.
What type of doctors treat molluscum contagiosum?
Although primary-care providers and pediatricians can treat this disease, consultants like dermatologists, infectious-disease specialists, and pathologists may be consulted for diagnosis and treatment.