When you are constantly exposed to microbes, you will get affected with various types of infectious diseases. One of these is molluscum contagiosum, a variety of viral infection. This is a common condition for kids. If your child has this, you will probably see spots on his or her face, armpit, arms, hands, and neck. There are also times when the spots appear anywhere on your child’s body. However, this is not seen on the soles and the palms. This infection is contagious and may affect you when you come into contact with people who have this. You may also get this condition through sexual contact. If ever you are affected with this infectious malady, you have to avoid scratching at your spots. Doing this will let the virus spread and will cause further infection.
You will know that you are affected with molluscum contagiosum when bumps appear on your skin. These bumps are usually round, small, and firm. Aside from the arms, face, and neck; the small lumps may also grow on the abdomen, thighs, and sex organ. There are times when the bumps are hard to distinguish, since their color may be similar to your skin color. But mostly, the color of these bumps are pearly-white or pink. When you are fortunate enough, you may only have few growths. But there are times when your skin can get affected with a lot of swellings. These will not feel painful lest these get infected. On the other hand, there may be instances when the swelling feels a little itchy. Since this type of infection does not affect the inner parts of your skin or your body, this will not result to complications. The signs of this infection commonly show itself from the first to the third month after you get the viral infection.
When you notice that there are small lumps on your skin, you should consult with a physician right away. This way, you will know whether you are actually affected with molluscum contagiosum or not. Your doctor will be able to make a proper diagnosis when he or she examines the growth on your skin. If you are diagnosed with this viral infection, you will be treated accordingly. The bumps are treated through freezing each of them with liquid nitrogen. However, there are downsides to this type of treatment. The most common effects are scarring, burning, and irritation.
On the other hand, you can choose to have the lesions removed through a surgical procedure. You can have the swellings scraped, froze, de-cored, or treated with needle electrosurgery. Other than surgical procedures, you can turn to medications which are also prescribed for warts. If you don’t find a treatment for this problem, it can continue for many months. What is more, you will transmit it to other people.
When you don’t seek medical assistance, you will experience common complications to molluscum contagiosum. These are the persistence, recurrence, or spread of the virus. It can also result to a secondary bacterial infection to the skin. The best way for you to keep from being affected with this infection is to stay far from infected individuals.