• Molluscum Contagiosum Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • 1 Are there any Support Groups available for Molluscum Contagiosum?

    Yes, there are some Support Groups available on the Internet as Groups or Forums that can be accessed, and information can be shared on them. Websites such as www.mdjunction.com , www.dailystrength.org and community.babycenter.com run active discussions on the disease.

  • 2 I am HIV positive. Do I stand a bigger chance of getting infected with Molluscum Contagiosum?

    Yes. HIV disease directly affects the immune system of the body, reducing its defences and increasing chances of acquiring other infections, including Molluscum Contagiosum.

    The lesions of the disease in an HIV-infected person will be bigger in size, more in quantity, more prone to secondary bacterial infection and therefore more difficult to treat.

  • 3 Is Molluscum Contagiosum a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?

    Molluscum Contagiosum can transmit sexually if the lesions of the disease are present on the genitals of the affected person. This mode of viral transmission is seen in adults. It is a disease involving spread through direct contact (touch, sexually) or indirect contact (through personal items of the affected person).

  • 4 My child is suffering from Molluscum Contagiosum. Can I send him/her to school?

    Yes. You can send your child to school even if he/she is suffering from Molluscum Contagiosum. You only have to take two simple precautions:

    • If the infected areas are not covered by clothes, they can be wrapped in a clean cloth or bandage so that the child does not scratch himself and spread the infection on his body. This would also prevent spread of the disease amongst your child's classmates.
    • Secondly, you must educate your child to wash his/her hands regularly with soap to minimize chances of reinfection.

  • 5 What are the complications of Molluscum Contagiosum?

    If proper precautions are not taken by a patient suffering from Molluscum Contagiosum, few complications may occur like bacterial infection, discolouration of the skin, eczema, scarring and even eye problems. To read more, go to Complications

  • 6 What can I do to avoid spreading Molluscum Contagiosum to other people?

    If you are suffering from Molluscum Contagiosum, you can avoid spreading the infection to other people by following some simple measures of hygiene:

    • Do not share your personal items like clothes, towels, napkins, etc. with others.
    • Keep the area of infection covered. If the area of infection is on your arms, hands or legs, you can cover the infected areas with a clean cloth or bandage to avoid spreading the infection.
    • Remove the bandages when you sleep at night so that your skin can breathe.
    • If you have lesions in your genital area, avoid sexual contact till the lesions disappear.

  • 7 What can I do to prevent getting infected with Molluscum Contagiosum?

    The key to prevention of infection with Molluscum Contagiosum is SANITATION.

    • Do not use the clothes, objects, sports gear, etc. of a person infected with Molluscum Contagiosum.
    • Never try to scratch off the lesions of the disease from the skin of the infected person.
    • If you are in a profession / setting where you may have to touch the skin / objects of the infected person (healthcare professional, teacher, fellow student, sports person), make sure that you wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with disinfectant soap.

  • 8 What will happen if I scratch off the eruptions of Molluscum Contagiosum?

    It is not advisable to scratch the lesions of Molluscum Contagiosum or even to self-treat. This is because:

    Scratching the eruptions will encourage the infection to spread to adjacent parts of the skin and prolong the disease.

    Bursting the eruptions can expose you to develop secondary bacterial infection, which is more difficult to cure and have a higher chance of leaving behind ugly scars.

  • 9 How does Homeopathy help in the treatment of Molluscum Contagiosum?

    Homeopathy offers a more holistic approach to the treatment of the disease. Other treatments concentrate only on removing the eruptions from the skin rather than delving into the root of the condition. Homeopathy, instead of focusing on the end products of the disease, i.e. the eruptions, concentrates on boosting the immune system of the human being, so that the condition does not occur again.

    Homeopathy is a much safer and better mode of treatment, especially in cases of children. It does not cause any unwanted side effects, nor does it leave behind unpleasant scars that serve as a reminder of the disease.

  • 10 Does any form of surgical procedure help in the management of Molluscum Contagiosum?

    Treatments like curettage (scraping of the lesions), laser therapy, cryotherapy (freezing of lesions) and chemical cauterization are the surgical options available the treat the disease.

    However, it is important to note that such procedures tend to leave behind scars instead of normal skin and are not recommended, especially in children.

  • 11 What treatments are available for Molluscum Contagiosum?

    There are various medical as well as surgical treatments available for the treatment of the disease. You can view them in detail here Homeopathic-Treatment