How To Treat Molluscum Contagiosum

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How To Treat Molluscum Contagiosum
How To Treat Molluscum Contagiosum

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Molluscum contagiosum is a viral disease transmitted by household contact. The name of the disease is explained by the characteristic symptoms - when squeezing out the contents of acne, a thick, whitish mass with the inclusion of mollusc-like bodies is released.

How to treat molluscum contagiosum
How to treat molluscum contagiosum

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Surgical tweezers, iodine, ultraviolet lamp, garlic, acyclovir, "Retin A"


Step 1

Diagnostics. The initial diagnosis is based on the clinical picture, however, to exclude diseases such as warts, lichen planus, epithelialoma and multiple keratoacanthomas, a histological examination of epidermal cells is performed. The presence of mollusc bodies in these cells makes it possible to confirm the diagnosis of molluscum contagiosum. Due to the fact that the mollusc virus has built-in DNA, its complete destruction is currently impossible.

Step 2

The main actions in the treatment of molluscum contagiosum are aimed at increasing immunity. With a mild course of the disease, an initially healthy body is able to cope with the infection on its own within six months. To speed up the treatment, depending on the severity of the symptoms, specialists can offer several types of treatment for molluscum contagiosum.

Step 3

1. Mechanical scraping or squeezing out the contents of the nodules, followed by "cauterization" of the cleaned surface with a 5% solution of iodine or a strong solution of potassium permanganate. The procedure is carried out in an outpatient clinic in full compliance with the rules of asepsis and antiseptics.

Step 4

2. Electrocoagulation - cauterization of nodular formations using an electrocoagulator, followed by irradiation of the skin with an ultraviolet lamp.

Step 5

3. Treatment of affected skin areas with ointments with antiviral effect, such as acyclovir, Retin A, Feresol. Effectively lubricating the nodules with freshly squeezed garlic juice. This treatment is carried out at home after a histological examination. Self-medication is not permissible, since molluscum contagiosum can be confused with a number of benign or malignant diseases.

Step 6

4. With a generalized form of the disease, when it is not possible to clear all the nodules due to their large number, it is recommended to prescribe tetracycline antibiotics. In this case, the use of cryotherapy is possible. This method allows you to remove rashes with dry ice or liquid nitrogen. During the entire period of treatment, medical supervision by a dermatovenerologist is mandatory.

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