What is molluscum contagiosum?
Mainly affecting young children, molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection, which is spread through both direct contacts or by sharing things. When a child contracts molluscum contagiosum, then he/she gets benign bumps or balls on the skin. Parents may fear that the bumps are painful, but they are harmless. These bumps do disappear eventually but take their own sweet time. In most cases, the bumps will be present from a time period ranging from two months to four years. Extreme care must be taken care during this period to ensure that the child is comfortable and free of any kind of infection.
Let us now take a closer look at the benign bumps caused by this skin condition. They are skin coloured, smooth textured, waxy to touch, and umbilicated papules measuring 2-10 mm in diameter. These tiny bumps appear mainly on the face, stomach torso, arms and legs of kids. In the case of adults, these bumps can be found in the inner thigh, genitals and abdomen. It is generally seen that people with lesser immunity are more vulnerable to this form of skin infection. In them, the bumps are larger measuring 15 millimetres in diameter and are seen more prominently on the face.
Causes and Risk Factors of Molluscum Contagiosum
Now that we have got an understanding of what is molluscum contagiosum, let us take a look at what causes this skin infection. It is triggered if a child/adult comes in contact with the contagious virus. The average incubation period for this infection is around two to seven weeks and it is only then the symptoms will start to show. Among children, the infection spreads by touching the bumps on the skin. If they are taking part in any sports events, the virus can spread through contaminated towels, sportswear and equipment.
Among adults, skin infection is mostly spread through sexual contact. Both in children and adults, the infection spreads from one person to another by touching, scratching or touching the affected parts of the body.
While everyone is at risk of contracting molluscum contagiosum, a certain category of people is more suspectable. These include children aged 1-10 years, residents of tropical countries, people who have undergone organ transplants/cancer treatment, sportspersons and lastly people suffering from atopic dermatitis.
Homeopathy treatment for Molluscum Contagiosum
Generally, people with molluscum contagiosum wait for the bumps to go away on its own. However, if it doesn’t, they seek treatment, which usually includes cryotherapy, curettage, laser therapy, and topical therapy. However, some patients are not happy with these modes of treatment so they opt for homeopathy treatment for molluscum contagiosum. Some of the most common homeopathy treatment for molluscum contagiosum includes:
- Silicea: This homeopathy medicine is used to treat skin eruptions with heavy pus. In such cases, the itching takes place only during the day or evening. The patients are usually advised to dress warmly as this will help with the treatment.
- Thuja: This homeopathy medicine is mainly used to cure wart-like wounds in the anogenital area. It also is a left-sided and chilly medicine for people who are emotionally sensitive.
- Sulphur: This is another good type of homeopathy treatment, where-in it is used to treat parts where the skin is rough, coarse and measly. It also helps to cure pustular eruptions, dryness and scalp heat, combined with severe itching and soreness. Sulphur is especially useful in the night when one feels scratching and soreness on the pores.
- Tuberculinum: If a child/adult is suffering from molluscum contagiosum, then they can be administered tuberculinum as it can offer relief if used as an intercurrent.
Thus, these are a few ways in which homeopathy treatments can help those suffering from molluscum contagiosum. You can also opt the same type of treatment from cosmic homeo healing centre located in Vadodara.