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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?
Are there any home remedies for molluscum contagiosum?
There are a wide range of home remedies available for this disease. People have tried remedies such as apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, alcohol, iodine, hydrogen peroxide, and elderberry extract. Unfortunately, there is little data to support these remedies although some claim to cure the disease. Some are easily available at pharmacies (for example, ZymaDerm). Duct tape occlusion treatment has been suggested by some clinicians. Patients should discuss the situation with their doctor before trying these remedies.
What is the prognosis of molluscum contagiosum?
Most people who get molluscum contagiosum have an excellent prognosis because the infection is usually self-limiting; it typically affects only the skin and resolves without treatment over about six to 12 months in most people. However, immunosuppressed people have a more guarded prognosis as the disease may persist for years and become widespread on the skin; some people may get secondary bacterial skin infections; the major complication of the disease. Some treatments listed above (cryotherapy, curettage, laser, and some chemical treatments) may leave small scars. Even if you get the disease and are cured, you can be reinfected and get the disease again.
Is it possible to prevent molluscum contagiosum?
It is possible to reduce the chance of getting the disease by avoiding any direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. Contact with items touched recently by an infected person (clothing, towels, and benches, for example) should also be avoided. Either not having sexual contact (genital or oral) or using condoms can prevent some individuals from getting the disease, but if the condom does not cover an infected area, it's still possible to infect a sex partner.
United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Molluscum Contagiosum: Transmission." May 11, 2015. <http://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/molluscum-contagiosum/transmission.html>.