Is There A Cream For Molluscum Contagiosum?

Molluscum Contagiosum is a type of viral infection and it affects the human skin and it commonly affect kids/children, even though it may takes place at almost every age. In most of the cases, molluscum contagiosum is harmless and it usually improves within only a few months period without any requirement of any particular treatment.

However, molluscum contagiosum may easily spread in different parts of one’s body, because of which a patient requires about 18 months or even more time to clear his condition completely.

Is There A Cream For Molluscum Contagiosum?

Is There A Cream For Molluscum Contagiosum?

Doctors recommend for varieties of tropical treatments, especially creams to treat molluscum contagiosum. These include the following-

Imiquimod Cream For Molluscum Contagiosum

Imiquimod cream is useful for the treatment of relatively large spots or big cluster of pink and red spots in molluscum contagiosum. The cream works by stimulating one’s immune system to attack the spots. You have to apply the cream to pink and red spots, while should wash it properly post 6 hours to 10 hours, while you have to do this activity for 3 times in one week. Even you require many weeks to undergo with the treatment before you may notice any improvement in you.

Imiquimod for molluscum contagiosum has a few common side effects, which include swelling and redness of your skin, flaky as well as hard skin, itching or burning sensation after you apply the cream and headache. However, side effect of the medicine are of mild and temporary ones, while pass within only two weeks after you stop your treatment.

Benzoyl Peroxide For Molluscum Contagiosum

Benzoyl peroxide for molluscum contagiosum is often available in gel or cream form and it is applicable to spots for 1 time or 2 times in a day and that too after washing as well as drying the infected area. You should use the cream sparingly, as its excessive usage may cause negative effects on your skin. In addition, a molluscum contagiosum patient should essentially keep in mind that benzoyl peroxide makes the skin highly sensitive to the sunlight. Hence, you should make sure avoiding excessive exposure to UV rays/light and the sunlight or wear suitable sun cream.

Other than this, you should wash hands thoroughly once you complete with applying the mentioned medicine/cream. Major side effects of this molluscum contagiosum medicine include red and dry skin, stinging, itching or burning sensations and peeling of one’s skin and so on. However, the mentioned side effects are of mild ones and hence, you may resolve them easily once you complete your treatment.

Symptoms Of Molluscum Contagiosum

The presence of many small spots on the human skin is a prime symptom associated with the problem of Molluscum Contagiosum. These are often firm spots and are in the shape of domes with small dimples in middle areas. In addition, the spots are of red or pink color with small yellow or white head at their center. In case the head of such spots splits or ruptures, it releases a highly infectious yellow-white substance.

Treatment Options To Cure Molluscum Contagiosum

In most of the cases, doctors do not recommend for any treatment to cure Molluscum Contagiosum, as they clear up automatically in about 6 month’s period to 18 months period. Furthermore, if you opt to leave molluscum contagiosum untreated, it never causes scarring or any other major symptom excluding the spots. However, if you scratch or squeeze the spots, you may experience pain or bleeding, which increases your chance to cause scars and the risk related to spread of your infection. Along with this, most of the treatment options may be upsetting and painful for young children and kids, while few of them increase the risk related to permanent scars.

Doctors recommend for molluscum contagiosum treatment only on old children and adult people, who have unsightly spots and affect their life quality. Even treatment is recommendable for individuals with weak immune systems, as Molluscum Contagiosum requires many years to clear in such cases.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 28, 2023

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