Molluscum Contagiosum in Children: How to deal with it
Summary: There are a number of reasons and causes for molluscum contagiosum in children, but there are also a number of ways as to how to deal with it, especially when it comes to its treatment.
A brief overview on what exactly this condition is will tell us that it is a skin rash caused by the virus, Molluscum Contagiosum, or MC, for short. Its roots can be traced to as early as 1817. This virus is known to be a member, or hybrid of the Poxvirus family, which is commonly associated with around 1% of all the skin disorders present in the United States. Though it is known worldwide, this skin condition primarily affects little boys, more than they do girls. Young adults are also known to be acquiring this skin rash, and the incidents that are caused by this virus are fast spreading and increasing.
Molluscum contagiosum in children: What are the causes?
Well MC is usually caused due to a number of reasons. It is normally transmitted through direct contact, by sharing items, such as towels and clothes, and it can also be spread from person to person. Perhaps, one of the main reasons why molluscum contagiosum in children is so common is because of contact sports as well, which most children engage in. Likewise, if a person touches an affected area in his or her body, there is potential for the rash to spread to that area (this is also known as autoinoculation).
Perhaps, some of the reasons known for the spreading of this very bad and confusing skin disorder could be attributed to their activities in places, such as swimming pools and playgrounds. However, in young adults, this could be due to having tattoos and even sexually.
When it comes to the treatment of this condition, it doesn’t always have to be mandatory. Most often than not, these lesions go away on their own, without leaving any scars, unless it has been infected by bacteria. Some of the popular treatments of this virus include the scraping of lesions, removal through heat, and removal through cold. The treatments that require temperature usually expose the virus to extreme levels in order for them to disappear. Some prescription medication can also be used to alleviate the molluscum contagiosum in children, without having your child undergo some sort of mini-surgery. Trichloroacetic acid is a popular cream recommended by doctors, as well as other forms of topical creams, such as Podophyllotoxin, Cantharidin, and Imiguimod. Podophyllotoxin is derived from plant resins, while Cantharidin is acquired from a blister beetle. Imiguimod, though, works by boosting the patient’s immune system, and can be applied at home under parental supervision.