Molluscum Contagiosum

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  • What is it? Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral infection of the skin.
  • Symptoms: 2-8 weeks after catching the virus that causes Molluscum Contagiosum small (1 to 5mm in diameter), pearl-shaped spots, which are pink in colour and have a visible dip in the middle appear on whatever part of your body contracted the virus from somebody else. If you catch Molluscum Contagiosum from sex, you’ll probably get the spots around or on your genitals, groin, buttocks and stomach. If you squeeze them a cheesy white fluid may exude (but this isn't recommended and can be very painful).
  • Transmission: Molluscum Contagiosum is very contagious. It is an infection caused by a virus called poxvirus You can catch it whenever and wherever your body comes into contact with the virus. Intimate physical contact or even just sharing a towel with someone who has already has it could give you the virus. The goods news is that it’s harmless.
  • Treatment: The condition can usually be easily spotted by appearance but it's worth getting your GP to confirm the diagnosis. In most cases no treatment is needed and the spots will will normally clear up of their own accord after anything from six months to a year. In rare cases a doctor may apply a lotion or freeze them off with liquid nitrogen. A more dramatic treatment is to scrape the top off the spot and inject a chemical into the remaining ‘crater’.
  • Post Treatment:
  • Remember it is not a serious disease and usually clears up within a few months. It can, however, last for up to two years.
  • Be patient - the condition will pass.
  • Wash your hands after touching the Molluscum.
  • Do not share towels used on the infected area with other people.
  • Avoid scratching the Molluscum as this may cause further infection.

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