Doctor insights on:
Cantharidin: Your doctor "paints" cantharidin on your wart and covers it with a bandage. This is generally painless. The cantharidin causes the skin under the wart to blister, lifting the wart off the skin. When the blister dries, the wart comes off with the blistered skin. You may feel some pain when the skin blisters. When you see your doctor again, he or she will remove the dead skin and may retreat. ...Read more
Stubborn wart on my little toe treated today by my determatologist by freezing and applied cantharidin. But in so much pain can't walk! what to do?
Molluscum contagious: Astringent chemicals on surface of molluscum lesions to destroy successive layers of the skin include potassium hydrochloride, and cantharidin. Two clinical trials treating molluscum in children with a combination of of essential oil of melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil) and organically bound iodine has shown effectiveness as has salicylalates used to treat warts. ...Read more
Multiple treatments: The standard treatment for warts/verrucas is with liquid nitrogen at a dermatologist's office. Supplemental treatment can include over the counter topical agents like salicylic acid or apple cider vinegar or prescription treatments like imiquimod, 5-fluorouracil, and urea cream. Other options include laser treatment, surgical excision, cantharidin, candida or bleomycin injections, amongst others ...Read more
Keep the skin moist: The easiest way to spread molluscum is by scratching at dry skin- this typically unroofs the virus and then the child "auto-inoculates" another place on the skin. I generally recommend keeping the skin moist by using a good moisturizing lotion/cream at least twice a day. If the spots are becoming unsightly, call your doctor about possibly having them treated though they often go away on their own. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can anything be done in early stages of molluscum to lessen or avoid the onset of molluscum bumps?
What do you suggest if my granddaughters had muluskum ..now I'm getting it,my chest,my face,my inner thighs,what can I do to stop it.?
Patience: Typically molloscum will worsen initially but over a period of weeks may self resolve. I would not do anything drastic until rash seems to reach point it is not improving on its own. avoid applying steroids due to possibility of spread. There are treatments such as cantharidin, imiquamod, tretinoin but they can all cause irritation to the skin. ...Read more