Clarkston Dermatology
1-248-620-3376 5701 Bow Pointe Drive
Suites 215 & 217
Clarkston, MI 48346

Molluscum Contagiosum Treatment in Michigan

Identifying and Treating Molluscum

 

Molluscum contagiosum is an infection that affects the skin or the mucous membranes and it is caused by a poxvirus that impacts the DNA. The infection’s symptoms are not painful, but if a patient scratches a lesion, a scar could form on the site.

 

Assessing the Risk of Molluscum Contagiosum

Typically, the virus affects children and elderly patients. Molluscum may also develop if a person has a weakened immune system.

 

Identifying the Symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum

Once a person has been infected, lesions that have the same color as the skin begin to appear on the body. These bumps typically have a diameter of one millimeter to five millimeters, and there is a central indentation in each lesion. The bumps do not cause itching.

 

Understanding the Bumps

The virus embeds itself in the core of the lesion, so once a patient removes the bumps, the virus is eliminated. In general, the infection’s symptoms last for five weeks to six months. Recently, an extensive analysis indicated that the virus could generate symptoms for as long as five years.

 

The lesions are usually shiny, and they sometimes become inflamed. Patients typically find clusters of bumps that are located on the face, the abdomen, the chest, the buttocks or the eyelids. If the lesions come into contact with another individual’s skin, the virus may be spread from the original patient to the other person.

 

 

Surgical Procedures for Molluscum Contagiosum

In some cases, a doctor will use liquid nitrogen to freeze the lesions, and subsequently, the physician will painlessly remove the bumps by utilizing a curette. Blisters can form at the site of the procedure, but they typically disappear within two weeks to five weeks. The use of cantharidin, a topical blistering agent, is a common treatment for children.

 

 

Getting Started with Treatment of Molluscum

If you would like to learn more information about the infection and effective treatments of Molluscum in Michigan, you can schedule an appointment or give us a call 248-260-3376.



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