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Treatments for Molluscum contagiosum

Treatments for Molluscum contagiosum:

The first step in treating the appearance and spread of molluscum contagiosum is prevention. Preventive measures include frequent hand washing and not sharing personal items, such as towels and clothing. It is important to keeps the nodules of the rash covered with a bandage until they have completely healed to prevent the spread of the virus onto objects, such as doorknobs. In addition, people should abstain from sexual contact until any rash has completely healed. Scratching, which can spread the rash to other areas of the body, should be avoided.

Treatment of molluscum contagiosum includes removal of the nodules using a minor procedure. This can include electrocautery, in which the nodules are destroyed with heat produced by an electric current. Cryosurgery is a procedure in which chemicals that produce intense cold, such as liquid nitrogen, are used to kill the molluscum contagiosum virus. Nodules may reappear, and treatments may need to be repeated. In addition, antiviral medications may be prescribed for some people.

Treatment List for Molluscum contagiosum

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Molluscum contagiosum includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Watchful waiting - most cases gradually resolve without treatment.
  • Pricking the lumps
  • Freezing the lumps
  • Avoid scratching to minimise spread
  • Watchful waiting - most cases gradually resolve without treatment
  • Pricking the lumps and application of 10% povidine-iodine (betadine)
  • Freezing the lumps with liquid nitrogen
  • Paint lesions with clear nail polish
  • For large areas, application of aluminium acetate solution can be useful

Molluscum contagiosum: Is the Diagnosis Correct?

The first step in getting correct treatment is to get a correct diagnosis. Differential diagnosis list for Molluscum contagiosum may include:

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