Homeopathy works effectively for Molluscum contagiosum
It is caused by a large DNA Pox virus.
The incubation period ranges from weeks to months (14-50 d).
- Direct spread: Through Skin-to-skin contact.
- Through Fomites (clothes, towels)
- Sexual transmission: Case studies of vertically transmitted molluscum contagiosum describe a relatively short incubation period, with infections appearing on infants between ages of a few days to 6 weeks following maternal exposure
- Childhood variety, spread by skin-to-skin contact.
- Adult variety, which is sexually transmitted.
- Age: Molluscum contagiosum primarily affects children and young adults. It appears to have a bimodal age distribution. The first is in childhood, while second is in early adulthood (age 15-29 y).
- Sex: It affects both sexes equally.
- Habitat: Epidemiological studies suggest that transmission may be related to poor hygiene and climatic factors, such as warmth and humidity.
- Pearly white or skin coloured, firm, smooth, dome shaped papules with well defined depressed centres known as umbilication. On using a hand lens, many of the papules have a mosaic appearance. On piercing the umbilicated center, a white cheesy material can be expressed from the lesion.
- Usually multiple. May be present in groups or may be widely disseminated on the skin and mucosal surfaces. The papules are about 2 - 5 millimeters wide.
- Pseudoisomorphic lesion: Due to autoinoculation, can give rise to lesions arranged linearly along line of trauma.
- Any part of the body but commonly face and genitals are involved.
- Anogenital region: When sexually transmitted.
- Large solitary lesions.
- Persistent, extensive lesions.
- Lesions in immunocompromised individuals and in patients with atopic dermatitis.
- polymerase chain reaction (PCR) can also be done to confirm lesions of MCV.
- Patients with Molluscum contagiosum should avoid scratching to prevent autoinoculation.
- Patients with Molluscum contagiosum should avoid sharing of personal items (eg, razors, bath towels) and contact with other fomites.
- Obstetricians should be aware of the risk of vertical transmission of Molluscum contagiosum, and they should take precautions to prevent transmission during vaginal delivery.
- Since MCV is an STD it is necessary to be checked for other STDs like hepatitis,herpes,gonorrhoea and syphillis as diseases follow each other.And if MC is diagnosed that has been sexually transmitted frank HIV test should be done.
Silicea: Umbilicated eruptions with offensive pus. Itching only in daytime and evening. Scrofulous, rachitic children, with large head, open fontanelles and sutures, distended abdomen. Patient chilly wants plenty warm clothing.
Thuja: Wart like eruption especially on anogenital region. Perspiration sweetish and strong. Eruptions only on covered parts and worse after scratching. Left sided and chilly medicine for those who have emotional sensitiveness and fixed ideas.Suitable for molluscum contagiosum especially of the genitals
Tuberculinum also has a good role in establishing cure if given as intercurrent.