What is Molluscum Contagiosum ?
Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral infection of the skin characterized by small, round, painless raised lumps on the skin which are firm to touch and come up in clusters.
Molluscum is mostly seen in infants and children up to the age of 10 years. It is less common in adolescents and adults. Adults have a chance of getting affected only if they have lowered immunity due to certain diseases like HIV AIDS or some other treatments that they are taking.
The disease spreads through direct man-to-man contact as well as by sharing the things which are used by infected people.
Symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum
The signs and symptoms of molluscum contagiosum are:
- Raised, round and clustered lumps on the skin which are flesh colored.
- The lumps that are formed have a small pointed tip on top of it in the center.
- Slight itching may be present but no pain.
- Can become red and swollen.
- If scratched or touched again and again it can spread to other areas of the skin which are not yet affected.
- Seen usually on the face, neck, armpits, arms, and tops of the hands in children.
- Molluscum can also be sexually transmitted and is present in the genital region, thighs or lower abdomen if so.
Causes of Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection which can be transmitted by:
- Direct skin-to-skin contact
- Contact with the things or sharing things which are used by an infected person
- Sexual contact with an infected person.
- Scratching or touching the affected areas and touching the same hands to the skin which is not affected can spread the rashes elsewhere on the body.
Diagnosis of Molluscum Contagiosum
Diagnosis can be easily made by just looking at the rashes. The point in the center of each lump which is filled with white cheesy material is a characteristic of the disease.
Sometimes skin scrapings are needed to be observed under a microscope to confirm the diagnosis.
- Avoid scratching as much as possible.
- Use of clothes which cover the affected areas completely.
- Avoid using towels, clothes or any other things that are used by an infected person.
- Avoid intercourse or use of safety measures if the partner is infected.
Homoeopathic Management of Molluscum Contagiosum
Homoeopathic Medicines help to reduce the pain, inflammation, and discomfort caused by the disease also helps to prevent the relapses. There is no suppression of symptoms and no side effects.
- Thin children with dimpled eruptions having a foul smelling
- The slow healing process of the Skin.
- The tendency to develop pus filled eruptions and for the molluscum to leave scars.
- Oversensitive to cold
- Every little injury suppurates.
- Offensive discharges
- Scars suddenly become painful.
- Excessive sweating on feet, hands, and armpits
- Irritable sensitive nature, nervousness and obstinate character.
- Thuja is indicated for eruptions like molluscum and wart like eruptions that are found near the rectal region.
- Eruptions on the covered parts of the body with suppressed sweat.
- Patient exhausted and emaciated
- Tingling & itching and burning
- Around eyes
- Burning after scratching
- Washing, bathing, warmth of bed
- Standing is worst position
- Dirty filthy people prone to skin affections
- After a bath, evening or night
- Eruptions begin on limbs and extend over the whole body, except the face.
- Itching night and on getting warm.
- The eruptions are often cherry-red at their circumference, have an onion-peel color in the centre, turn white on pressure or on exertion of the climb.
- Decreased sensation