The skin is the largest organ of the human body, yet most people tend to take it for granted. Going about daily life, protection from the harmful rays of the sun are often forgotten. Similarly, individuals forget to take care of the epidermis when it comes to protecting against contagious disease. One kids sent to school with chicken pox and within two weeks the entire class breaks out, unless the students have been vaccinated. But, there is more pox than one, and for those infected with molluscs or Molluscum Contagiosum, it is much more than just a little itch.
What is Molluscum Contagiosum?
The virus is an extremely contagious type of pox disease. It manifests as little pink bumps, similar to pimples. Yet, it can have a depressed center. The molluscs have a white waxy core, and they tend to spread easily. Do not touch, or beware of the consequences!
How are Molluscs Contracted?
Unfortunately, individuals can be infected by the viral skin disease and not even know it is a concern. Among the possibilities are:
- Touching another person with the virus
- Touching any object that has made contact with the virus.
- Intimacy with someone who suffers from the virus
Because Molluscum Contagiosum is such a prolific virus, young children and people with compromised immune systems are more susceptible. Also, scratching the irritated skin only serves to expand the problem even further.
How can I Avoid the Disease?
Unfortunately, there are often times that it is impossible to tell whether contact has been made with an infected person until it is too late and the damage has been done. However, there are a few ways to reduce the chances of spreading the virus:
- If unfamiliar skin bumps appear, especially with white, waxy centers do not touch.
- Seek the counsel of a doctor as soon as possible
- Do not send a child to school who may have a pox-like disease
- Disinfect toys and other common areas that children touch
- Do not touch door handles in public areas where the infection is possible without protection.
- Treat other skin problems like eczema which can exacerbate the problem.
- Avoid intimacy if molluscs are suspected
What if I already have Molluscum Contagiosum?
If the disease is suspected, avoid making external contact with the bumps as much as possible, and seek the help of a medical profession to determine the true source of the skin irritation and discomfort. In the event of a confirmed diagnosis, the patient has a few options to consider:
- Self-limited, treatment may not be necessary
- The doctor can scrape the dome shaped lesions
- Similar to treating warts, the disease can be treated by chemical freezing
- Topical medicines
- Essential oils
How do I Decide the Right Treatment?
Although the disease is self-limited, it can also last for months or even years. Thus, if the lesions are not going away on their own, it may be a good time to study the options.
Sure, the doctor can scrape or freeze the molluscs, but there is always the potential of leaving scars in the process. Besides, it is a more painful and invasive option. Personally, checking a less drastic approach seems wise.
So, maybe the patient can discuss the application of topical medicines with the doctor. However, for people with sensitive skin already, the chemicals may get rid of the lesions, but leave irritated skin in its wake, which means one more option to consider.
Before subjecting the skin to any harsh or invasive treatment, why not try essential oils? The extract comes from plants and other sources that are completely part of nature, no additives, preservatives or chemicals added. Thus, the healing can begin without putting the epidermis or patient under any stress or further discomfort.
So, if you suspect the presence of Molluscum Contagiosum, avoid contact as much as possible and seek the advice of a doctor. Then, if suspicions are correct, decide what options are best for controlling and eradicating the virus, like the all-natural approach of treating molluscs with essential oils.