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Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin disease which most dramatically affects babies and children alike. They are identified as flesh-colored bumps or papules, which are relatively painless. This infection however can have its contagious effects with direct contact from infected are to another persons’ skin. Thus, this means that treatment should be done as soon as possible.

In the case of children, the papules appear most commonly in the face, neck, hands, armpits, and arms. These papules when forcibly burst will spread to the neighboring skin area of that particular infected person. That is why it is greatly advised that when papules appear on a persons’ skin, he/she should consult a doctor and not be reckless with working with the infection.

Molluscum contagiosum is actually a sexually transmitted disease (STD) when it affects adults. For, again, skin to skin contact with an infected person in the infected area will cause the transmission of this infection. This infection is caused by a virus of the same name, which is under the poxvirus family. It is also advised not to apply too much heat or pressure in affected areas, such as the armpits, because it hastens the spread of papules.

The most basic symptoms of Molluscum contagiosum is again, the flesh-colored papules that grow in various places of the body. These papules are typically two to five millimeters in terms of diameter and yield a characterizing dot in their apex. The bumps or papules after some time can turn red and inflamed, nut they can easily be removed through rubbing. This however will only aggravate the situation by transferring or transmitting the infection to the skin adjacent to the scratched area.

If you identify or suspect that you have incurred the said infection, it is best to quickly consult a dermatologist and get a diagnosis. With his/her diagnosis you can be sure that you will be able to successfully treat Molluscum contagiosum any other infection for that matter. With its obvious high decree of contagiousness, this infection should be treated with a consequent degree of caution and care.

There are four ways by which this infection can be put to a halt; these methods are Scraping or curettage, freezing or cryotherapy, surgical removal and laser therapy. Molluscum contagiosum may not sound common, but it actually is. It affects both the young and old so we should be aware and conscious with it. Nothing beats a good old-fashioned understanding and knowledge about a potentially scary disease that may alter the rest of your existence. Diseases are a part of life; it, in turn, is our obligation to be aware that they truly exist.