Molluscum Contagiosum is known to be a self-limiting skin ailment caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus. Person to person contact is the principal cause for spread of the disease.
By and large, the virus vanishes on its own, without any medicine. It resolves within 7 weeks. However, in cases of children, treatment is a must, since there is a risk of scars.
Causes And Symptoms Of Molluscum Contagiosum In Children
Molluscum Contagiosum is caused by a DNA pox virus known as the molluscum contagiosum virus. The disease can occur at any age; however it is more common in children between 1 to 5 years.
- Molluscum contagiosum spreads via direct contact, either person to person or through shared items, like fomites, brushes, combs, napkins, clothes, soft toys etc.
- Swimming pools are also known to transmit the disease.
- Contact sport is a big contributing factor too.
- Risk includes unhygienic condition and hot climate.
- Children with low immunity are at a greater risk of getting infected with molluscum contagiosum.
The incubation period for the virus is about 2 to 7 weeks; the rash starts as tiny papules / bumps and tends to spread all over.
Molluscum Contagiosum Symptoms
The commonly seen symptoms and clinical manifestations of Molluscum Contagiosum are:
- Development of rash and eruptions all over the body.
- The eruptions are usually flesh colored and discharge some pus.
- Itching is also associated with the condition. There may be occasional burning.
- The lesions are usually dome shaped.
- Common sites for the rash are: face, torso, hands and legs.
- Also, the eruptions tend to cluster together.
Treatment For Molluscum Contagiosum At Home
There are a range of natural home remedies that help tackle molluscum contagiosum effectively. They help dry up the rash speedily and effectively. In particular, tea tree essential oil, lemon myrtle oil and neem oil (Azadirachta indica) are extremely beneficial.
Studies have demonstrated that these oils show an appreciable reduction in the symptoms of molluscum contagiosum and prevent a spread of the infection. These oils prevent secondary infection, reduce the intensity of itching and burning, heal the lesions rapidly and prevent scar formation.
You can treat molluscum contagiosum at home successfully using these home remedies:
- Sea salt
Mix 2 cups of sea salt, 1 spoon honey, ½ cup of olive oil, ¼ cup of grape seed oil and 2 drops of tea tree essential oil. Massage this blend in to the lesions. After 15 minutes rinse off.
Exfoliation and removal of dead cells help manage the skin lesions too. Mix ½ cup of baking soda with water, and make a paste. Rub this paste on to your skin. Use daily.
- Duct tape
Duct tape gets rid of dead skin cells and eliminates the virus that resides within the skin. Apply a tiny piece of duct tape to the affected skin, and leave on overnight. Remove the duct tape in the morning.