Molluscum Contagiosum

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Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum contagiosum.

A contagious infection of the skin. Produced by poxvirus (of the family of the smallpox)

It affects the skin of any part of the body. In the children, the virus usually attacks the face. In the adults, usually it appears in ingles, abdomen and the genitals.


Virus DNA of the group pox. This virus can be transmitted sexually. The incubation is of 2 weeks to 6 months.

Signs and symptoms.

Pápulas (small bulks in the skin) with the following characteristics:

The bulks are hard, smooth, with a identación in the center, of the color of the skin or targets.

The skin that covers them is transparent and fine.

The bulks usually measure of 2mm to 3mm of diameter. They can get to measure until 10mm.

The bulks cause infections in the eyes if they leave in the eyelids.

The bulks do not hurt nor itch.

Factors of risk.

Previous allergies or familiar file of allergies.

Inmunosupresoras drug use.


Not rasque the bulks if it wants to avoid that they extend to other parts of the body or other people.

Diagnosis and treatment.

Sanitary precautions.

Observation of the symptoms.

File and physical examination by a doctor.

Exceptionally, biopsy of the injury.


The injuries are burned with liquid nitrogen (criocauterización) To see cruicirugía.


Usually it is not necessary. In some cases, his doctor him will be able to prescribe a antiviral topic to eliminate the virus.


There are no restrictions, except for avoiding the sexual relations until the bulks disappear.


There is no special diet.

It will need a special diet, according to the origin of the disease. Their doctor or dietista will inform to him.

Systems of diagnosticos.

After the treatment with liquid nitrogen one does not touch the blisters. The scabs will fall spontaneously in 7 to 14 days.

Maintain droughts the blisters. Tape with you shiver those that are irritated by the contact with articles to dress.


Scars or disfigurements.


If one does not treat, a few papulas can be multiplied to 20 or 50 injuries in few weeks.

They will disappear spontaneously in 10 to 24 months. Nevertheless, they must be treated to avoid that they infect other people.

To call to the doctor if.

It happens the following thing after the treatment: fever.

Symptoms of infection (swelling, reddening, pain, sensitivity or heat) in the treated zone.

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