Or molluscum contagiosum Molluscum is a skin infection produced by a virus poxvirus family, which cause or elevated papules on the skin and spread quickly nodules. Being a surface viral infection of the skin, are acquired by direct contact with the skin of an infected person.
Even though it lives on the skin, the virus can be temporarily surfaces or objects that have been in contact with infected skin, as might occur in pools. It is a very common infection in children, which mainly affects the face, neck, underarms, arms and hands.
Symptoms of molluscum contagiosum
The bumps on the skin are the main presenting symptom molluscum contagiosum. These granites have the characteristics of being skin-colored, bright and sometimes depressed in the center. They can appear anywhere on the body but most often in body parts listed above, and a variable number, ranging from a few to hundreds. Sometimes around the molluscum may appear eczema.
Treatment for molluscum contagiosum
Treatment of molluscum is basically in its removal or destruction. It can be done by scraping ( curettage) thereof; application of substances that produce a blister and lift away;or by freezing (cryotherapy ).
The molluscum is a superficial infection that does not compromise the health of the child. Over time ( 2 years on average), children develop defenses against this virus and eventually curing. Therefore it is absolutely necessary to remove them.
However molluscum can cause irritation (eczema ) in the surrounding skin, especially in atopic children, which is annoying. In certain locations such as the face can be unsightly. Finally, being contagious can create rejection by classmates.