Molluscum contagiosum 2019-01-08T08:23:18+00:00

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Molluscum contagiosum

What is Molluscum contagiosum? 2018-12-07T10:59:39+00:00

Molluscum Contagiosum is a common viral infection that affects the skin. It can occur at any age but it mainly affects children from 1 to 10 years old , sexually active adults and people with weak immune system.

There are 4 types of the virus MCV-1, MCV-2, MCV-3 and MCV-4. The most common is MCV-1, while MCV-2 is detected mostly in adults and is sexually transmitted.

What are the symptoms? 2018-12-07T10:58:58+00:00

Molluscum Contagiosum develops small bumps, size 1-10 milimeters that look like lumps, moles or pearls.

They are round, white and shiny papules with a dimple in the center, which contain a thick material, the particle of molluscum. Many parents mistakenly take Molluscum Contagiosum for warts or staphylococcus.

Initially Molluscum Contagiosum appears as a small bump of few mm (1-10 mm) in the color of the skin and soft. Then it grows and becomes harder. Within 6-9 months the papules subside (self healing), but sometimes they persist for years.

Every papule lives for about 2 months, but because of the contagiousness from one point to another on the same person, the infection can last up to 2 years. Because it is easily transmitted, especially if a child suffers from atopic dermatitis , it must be treated.

Molluscum Contagiosum «loves» warm and moist areas. In children the bumps appear mainly on the face, the body and the limps. The disease appears worse in children with eczema.

In adults the bumps appear mainly around the genitals, the inner thighs, the anus, the armpits and the belly. The virus also affects the area around the eyes (the outer part of the eye).

The bumps usually appear on the points of friction with the clothes, as in the neck, armpits and the body, but also on the face, hands, legs and genitals.

The Molluscum Contagiosum bumps usually do not cause any pain unless they are contaminated or debelop inflammation. They can be itchy though. At 10% of the cases an eczema may develop around the lesions. They can also bleed from their center. The lesion is limited on the upper layer of the skin.

How is it transmitted? 2018-12-07T10:58:11+00:00

Molluscum Contagiosum usually spreads by skin contact (often through sexual intercourse in adults) but also by touchimg objects of common use such as clothes, towels, sheets etc.

It can also be transmitted through contaminated water or from sand on the beach. It appears on kids who exercise in swimming pools and gyms but also on kids who suffer from dry skin.

It can also spread on other areas of the same person by touching – scraping, a procedure which is called self inoculation.

t can start with one bump and through self inoculation become many, usually up to 20, or more.

How is it transmitted? 2018-12-07T10:56:48+00:00

Molluscum Contagiosum usually spreads by skin contact (often through sexual intercourse in adults) but also by touchimg objects of common use such as clothes, towels, sheets etc.

It can also be transmitted through contaminated water or from sand on the beach. It appears on kids who exercise in swimming pools and gyms but also on kids who suffer from dry skin.

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