Mollusks or Molluscum Contagiosum is a common viral disease that can affect all age groups. It is most often observed in children between 3 and 10 years old, and the reason for its spread is close contact in kindergartens and schools. In adults, it is usually transmitted as a result of sexual contact. Multiple molluscum in children is seen in atopics, while in adults it is a sign of low immune status and it is necessary to rule out HIV.
The disease is caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus, which settles in the surface layer of the skin. The incubation period is between 2 and 7 weeks, and in rare cases it can last for months.
The virus is transmitted by direct contact, which is the reason for distinguishing the following risk groups:
- Children of preschool age
- Sexually active patients
- People practicing contact sports – e.g. wrestling
- Immunosuppressed patients
Mollusks - pictures
Molluscs are small, rounded buds with a diameter of a few millimeters to a centimeter. Their color is pink or whitish, and there is a slight depression in the middle. They may be singly or in groups of several. Typical locations are the armpits, abdomen, and groin, but other areas may also be involved. It can be transmitted from one part of the body to another by scratching and shaving.
In children with atopic dermatitis or in immunosuppressed adults, multiple lesions (even more than 100) involving the face, neck and whole body are observed. In these cases, home treatment of molluscum is not possible, but systemic therapy and possibly hospitalization is required.
Treatment of Mollusks
The virus is located in the most superficial layer of the skin, which makes it possible to be successful home treatment ot of Mollusks. For this purpose, creams and gels with a destructive effect are prescribed, which are applied according to a scheme. Their use is not painful and within days leads to the removal of mollusks.
In case of multiple lesions, the appointment of immunostimulating therapy is appropriate. In such cases, home treatment most often does not give results and a visit to a specialized center is necessary to remove the formations with appropriate equipment. The most modern method is with an ablative CO2 laser.
Examination at a dermatologist in Sofia
If you or your child suffers from contagious molluscum contagiosum, it is necessary to consult a dermatologist. In clinic Dr. Stavrov Aesthetics diagnoses and treats various skin and venereal diseases. Our address is the city of Sofia, g.k. Manastirski livadi - west, Prof. Velizar Velkov St. 36 (behind Pulse fitness center). See how to find us on the about page contact page. We offer online consultation.
Are molluscum contagiosum contagious?
Yes. They can be transmitted by body contact and less often by using shared towels, underwear, etc.
Is there a home treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
Home treatment of molluscum contusions is recommended in children to avoid the stress of manipulation in a doctor's office. For this purpose, special creams or gels are prescribed, which are applied according to a scheme.