WHAT IS MOLLUSCUM CONTAGIOSUM?
Molluscum Contagiosum is a very contagious skin disease.
HOW IS MOLLUSCUM TRANSMITTED?
The most likely mode of transmission is sexual contact where one partner has vulnerable irritated skin as a result of shaving the pubic area.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF MOLLUSCUM CONTAGIOSUM?
- It appears as tiny pearly growths with central depressions on the genital skin.
WHAT ARE THE LONG TERM COMPLICATIONS OF MOLLUSCUM CONTAGIOSUM?
- There are no long term complications once the molluscum has been treated.
HOW IS MOLLUSCUM DIAGNOSED?
It can be diagnosed with the help of microscopic examination of material from the growths.
HOW IS MOLLUSCUM TREATED?
Untreated, the infection may resolve in 2 years in most patients, but only after spreading beyond the initial area perhaps to the face or genital area. Lesions infected with an opportunistic bacterial infection can leave permanent scars.
Treatment is with liquid nitrogen,TCA (tricholoacetic acid) or Aldara cream application
CAN THE INFECTION RECUR?
- The infection can recur if the skin comes into contact with the infection.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
- Consult your doctor as to the best course of treatment.