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Dr. Henry Dorn
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Molluscum Contagiosum (Definition)

Molluscum are very common in kids. Its caused by a viral infection. Many times, they will go away on their own, but they can be treated with scraping, freezing, cantharidin, and a variety of other approaches. With many treatments, there is some risk of scarring, so if they are few in number it is usually best to let them go ...Read more


Dr. David Krulak
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Can you advise for treating molluscum contagiosum?

Molluscum: Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus and usually causes a mild skin disease. Usually no treatment is needed because the bumps disappear by themselves within 6-12 months. If not, treatment options include cryotherapy, curettage, laser, creams like salicylic acid, podophyllin, tretinoin, cantharidin, and imiquimod, or oral cimetidine. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for molluscum contagiosum?

Molluscum: Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus and usually causes a mild skin disease. Usually no treatment is needed because the bumps disappear by themselves within 6-12 months. If not, treatment options include cryotherapy, curettage, laser, creams like salicylic acid, podophyllin, tretinoin, cantharidin, and imiquimod, or oral cimetidine. ...Read more

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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Hi,I would like to know is molluscum contagiosum curable.

Several things work: The immune system will cure it in time (a few weeks or months). Several treatments also are effective: freezing or curetting (scraping the lesions away) by an experienced clinician; and various prescription ointments or creams, especially imiquimod (US trade names Zyclara®, Aldara ®). If this is in your child, follow pediatrician's advice. For adults, see dermatologist or an NHS GUM clinic. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of molluscum contagiosum or water warts?

Molluscum: Usually no treatment is needed because the bumps disappear by themselves within 6-12 months. If not, treatment options include cryotherapy, curettage, laser, creams like salicylic acid, podophyllin, tretinoin, cantharidin, and imiquimod, or oral cimetidine. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fisher
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Can molluscum contagiosum be transmitted by touching the lesion and then touching others, if the lesion is completely intact and not been scratched?

Can molluscum contagiosum be transmitted by touching the lesion and then touching others, if the lesion is completely intact and not been scratched?

Molluscum: Molluscum contagiosum is transmitted by direct contact, either person to person or by shared items, such as clothing, towels, and washcloths. Mc can be spread by contact sports. Furthermore, if a person touches the rash and then another part of his or her body, it can cause spread to that area (known as autoinoculation). ...Read more

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Dr. Albert Melaragno
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Can a teenager also get molluscum contagiosum?

Yes: while the virus occurs frequently in younger children, even an adult can get the virus and warts ...Read more

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Dr. Nela Cordero
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Molluscum Contagiosum on face, how is it treated? Thnx

Molluscum Contagiosum on face, how is it treated? Thnx

VIRUS DERMATITIS : Just press the lesion to take out the content inside. The skin lesions will dry up and heal. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fisher
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Can I still shave if I have molluscum contagiosum?

Molluscum: The virus lives only in the skin and once the growths are gone, the virus is gone and you cannot spread the virus to others. Molluscum contagiosum is not like herpes viruses, which can remain dormant (“sleeping”) in your body for long periods and then reappear. So, assuming you do not come in contact with another infected person, once all the molluscum contagiosum bumps go you are not contagious. ...Read more

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Was recently diagnosed with molluscum contagiosum, need advice?

Dermatologist: See a dermatologist and get the lesions treated so they won't spread. ...Read more

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Dr. Mary David
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Imiquimod (Definition)

There is limited data on the safety of imiquimod in pregnancy, while it doesn't appear to have negative effects on the baby, other treatments ...Read more


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Aldara (Definition)

Aldara is a topical anti-viral agent which is a ...Read more


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