These annoying and highly contagious bumps seem to appear out of nowhere. They can emerge one at a time or in « crops » that spread across the torso, face, neck and limbs, sometimes mistaken for chicken pox or even skin cancer, a dermatologist can often diagnose this skin disease with a simple examination.
What is it ?
Molluscum contagiosum is a skin rash caused by a poxvirus and is generally spread throught direct contact. For example, if a child wrestles with a friend who has molluscum and his skin rubs against the infected child, he can easily contract the disease. If he then scratches the bumbs on his own body, and touches another body part, he will spread the lesion further. The disease can also be spread by using the same towel as an infected person or throught sexual contract.
Sexually transmitted molluscum would most often appear on the genitals, inner thigh, and stomach.
What does it look like ?
Molluscum lesions look like small , flesh-colored pimples or warts and rage from 2-5 millimeters in size. They are round with a small indentation or « dimple » in the middle and are often filled with a whitish, pus-like substance. They can appear singly or in a group almost anywhere on the body. When irritated or infected, the molluscum become red.
Natural Remedies to combat Molluscum contagiosum :
Although molluscum contagiosum is not harmful , it does make uncomfortable for life and work.
try the following natural remedies to get rid of it at home:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a natural agent with extensive antibacterial qualities. This natural agent « apple cider vinegar » does contain many antibacterial qualities.
When the person infected apply apple cider vinegar on the infected area, it goes deeper into the skin and help eliminate the infection.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is very powerful antiseptic-antifungal natural agent. Since it is an oil, it can therefore penetrate the skin easily and fight the virus infection.
Tea tree oil is also used for treating a number of other fungal conditions.
Elderberries extract :
Elderberries are very effective in preventing HIN1, leg pain, nerve pain, flu, chronic fatique, sinus pain and help improve the immune system. Elderberries contain antiviral agents helping the immune system get rid of and battle infections and infection symptoms.
You can take Elderberries extract orally or apply it directly on the affected area. To use right away to treat viral conditions such as flu and molluscum contagiosum.
Baking soda is known for its ablity to treat ulcer pain, insect bites, heartburn, sunburn, exfoliation, gum, toothache etc. to treat molluscum contagiosum, take ½ cup of baking soda and mix it with some water. Apply it on the affected area and then have a shower. To use regularly for better results.
Sea salt scrub is an efficient natural home remedy for molluscum contagiosum.
All you have to do is mixing some honey with olive oil and some sea salt. Massage it for some minutes. Have a shower. Use it on a regular basis to treat the condition.
How Can Molluscum Contagiosum Be Prevented?
Molluscum Contagiosum is contagious. Therefore, everyone should avoid touching the skin of another person who has the infection.
The following suggestions can also help you prevent the spread of the infection:
- Always wash your hands with warm water and soap.
- Personal items are personal items to NOT share with others . This includes clothing, towels, hairbrushes, or bar soaps.
- Avoid touching or picking at afflicted areas.
- Make sure that your afflicted areas are cleaned and covered to avoid touching them and so spreading the virus.
- Don’t shave or use electrolysis where the bumps are located.
- Don’t engage in sexual contacts if you have bumps in the genital area
- shared sports gear are to avoid as they may have come in direct contact with someone else’s bare skin.
This article is written by Jeanette Sousa, she always says that prevention is better than cure especially when it comes to dealing with viral and contagious conditions such as Molluscum Contagiosum.