What is Molluscum Contagiosum?
Molluscum Contagiosum, also referred to as Molluscum, is a viral skin infection that results in tiny, raised bumps on the skin. The bumps, however, are painless and can be of different sizes.
They may be either as small as pin heads or as large as the size of pencil erasers. This infection is usually the result of a low immune system and is not fatal.
This infection is usually observed in kids and sometimes in adults with a low immunity. It is advised not to scratch the bumps off as that would spread the infection to other areas as well.
Symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum
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The bumps that arise out of molluscum contagiosum are painless and may either appear individually or in a group of as many as 20.
Here are the symptoms of molluscum Contagiosum that will help you affirm the presence of affection.
- Small, smooth and shiny Bumps
- Color of Bumps- Skin Color, White, Pink
- Maybe Itchy
- Bumps are small i.e. Less than ¼ inches
- Prone to Scratching and can be removed that way b ut that will spread it further, hence not recommended.
Possible areas of appearance- Face, arms, genitals, inner thighs, neck, armpits, abdomen
- Size may vary from that to a head of a pin to a size of pencil rubber
- Raised and filled with waxy material
The weaker the immune system, the more prominent the symptoms will be. The infection is not so common in adults; hence the symptoms may vary accordingly. For instance, in children, they usually appear on the face, while in adults they are generally witnessed on thighs and abdomen area.
Treatment for Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum Contagiosum may take a year or more to heal without treatment. However, some bumps may take few years to vanish. Medical Treatment is also an available option if you wish to opt for it.
It makes use of treatments such as laser therapy, curettage, cryotherapy. Although in most of the cases, if you have a healthy immune system, you won’t need any medical treatment. However, in the following situation, you might need one
- The bumps are located on your neck and face and are large in size thus hampering your appearance and routine.
- Presence of an existing skin disease
- You are too curious about the virus being spread because of itching and scratching.
In some cases, the medical treatments, though helpful, but are scary and painful. The best alternative to these is the use of natural things and elements for its treatment.
What is Tea Tree Oil?
Also known as melaleuca, tea tree oil is derived from an Australian Plant Melaleuca alternifolia.
It has been a popular remedy in Australia for centuries due to its anti-fungal and anti-septic properties.
Tea Tree Oil for Molluscum Contagiosum Treatment
Tea Tree Oil is one of the most effective natural treatment method for molluscum contagiosum. Its antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic properties enables it to combat the infection and get rid of it effectively.
In addition to this, it acts as a perfect astringent that aims to restrict the infection growth.
Tea Tree oil, indeed makes up the perfect natural remedy for molluscum contagiosum as it targets the skin infection and also acts as a catalyst for skin healing.
However, it is important to note that tea tree oil is only recommended for external use because of its toxic results, if ingested.
Also, before you use it for the first time, it is recommended that you try a drop of it on your skin as a test to confirm for any kind of allergy from the same.
Are There any Side Effects of Using Tea Tree Oil?
Usually, there are no side effects witnessed regarding the use of tea tree oil. Apart from being a treatment for molluscum Contagiosum, it also has many other uses and there are no issues with its use that have reported yet.
However, it is very rare for a user to experience mild redness with its use, but again that is a very rare event.
However, Tea tree oil has a very strong smell and that cannot be categorized as good or bad because people have different opinions on that. If you wish to make its use un-noticeable, it is recommended to cover the applied area with a cloth.
How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Molluscum Contagiosum
Here is tried and tested treatment method for using tea tree oil to treat the infection.
Step 1- Clean the affected skin area and rinse it properly. Make sure you do not scratch and let it air dry.
Step 2- Take some cotton or a cotton ball (if available). Dip it in the tea tree oil and apply on the affected area. Note: Do not double dip the cotton ball in the oil as it will contaminate the oil as well. Use a fresh cotton ball instead.
Step 3- Repeat the above-mentioned process for all the bumps. You can repeat this procedure 3-4 times a day regularly too see the result. Continue the procedure until the bump reduces in size, shrinks and finally disappears.
You can also add few drops of tea tree oil in the bath water. This will help the infection from growing and also spreading to other parts of the body.
Besides, tea tree oil in water will also help to combat other skin infections and promote skin healing.
It is advised that you refer to your general practitioner for the use of tea tree oil and follow the prescribed treatment. Tea tree oil is a supportive treatment and acts as a catalyst in the treatment procedure, hence a practitioner will be the apt person to refer to.
Prevention Measures That You Need to Take
Besides the treatment for the bumps, it is also very important to take preventive measures to ensure that the infection does not spread to other people around and other body parts.
- DO NOT Scratch or Rub the bumps
- Everyone in the house must wash hands regularly, especially the infected individual
- Washing the bumps with soap and water to ensure hygiene
- Covering the bumps with some cloth or bandage if the individual is a part of some social process such as swimming etc
- Not sharing the personal items of the infected person and keeping them confined to one place.
Following such steps will restrict the growth of the infection and ensure that it does not spread to other people.
It is advised to refrain from activities that may serve as a medium for the infection to spread, such as swimming.
Besides, the individual must maintain distance from people with weak immunity such as chemotherapy patients, infants and aged people.
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