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.
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.