Over-the-counter treatments for molluscum contagiosum include patches featuring salicylic acid and over-the-counter wart-freezing therapies, WebMD states. Multiple repeat treatments are often necessary regardless of the treatment method chosen. In many cases molluscum contagiosum resolves without treatment.Continue Reading
Most doctors recommend allowing molluscum contagiosum to resolve without treatment, according to WebMD; however, if the bumps appear in prominent places or last for more than six to nine months, they may recommend treatment. Over-the-counter therapies include salicylic acid patches, such as Trans-ver-sal or bi-weekly applications of over-the-counter wart-freezing therapies.
Other approaches patients can try include applying duct tape to the bump and removing it, according to WebMD. In addition, patients can squeeze out the center of the bump; however, as Healthline states, scratching the bumps may cause them to spread.
Medical therapies for treating molluscum contagiosum include cryotherapy and electrocautery with a local anesthetic in place, according to WebMD. Prescription topical therapies, such as tretionin and aldara, are also available. It is rare that molluscum contagiosum lasts on a long-term basis. Patients likely to experience long-term bouts of the condition are usually immunocompromised.
Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that produces small, painless bumps on the skin, explains Helathline. Left untreated, they can last as long as four years.Learn more about Medications & Vitamins
Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus that is spread from person to person, according to Mayo Clinic. This fairly common skin infection is most common in children, but adults, especially those with weak immune symptoms, can get it as well.Full Answer >
The symptoms of molluscum contagiosum usually last between six months and a year and can persist as long as five years, according to Mayo Clinic. However, if the characteristic bumps on the skin become troublesome for the patient, they can be removed by a dermatologist.Full Answer >
Molluscum contagiosum appears as a rash composed of pink or flesh-colored bumps anywhere on the skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Usually, there are only 10 to 20 bumps, but people with compromised immune systems, such as those with HIV, may have 100 or more bumps.Full Answer >
According to Mayo Clinic, over-the-counter solutions or patches containing salicylic acid can be used to treat common warts at home over a period of a few weeks. Some studies have also named duct tape as a treatment for warts, although the results of this treatment's effectiveness are mixed.Full Answer >