Being a viral infection of the skin or occasionally of the mucous membranes, molluscum contagiosum is a contagious condition that commonly spreads through skin-to-skin contact. Certain activities, such as contact sports and communal baths, are conducive to the spread of this disease, which is caused by the pox virus, a virus belonging to the the Poxviriadeae family. Molluscum contagiosum is a common condition in young children because of their underdeveloped immune system, but it can also affect adults, in which case it is most often spread through sexual contact.
In case of contamination, the incubation period of molluscum contagiosum can last anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months. Once this incubation period is over, the disease will manifest itself by the formation of small, skin-coloured outgrowths, even though they can often be of white colour. These warts appear on various parts of the body such as the face, neck, abdomen and buttocks, but can also be apparent on the arms and legs, and especially in the skin’s folds. It should also be noted that the genital area may also be affected in adults. Although molluscum contagiosum is classified as a benign disease, it still restult in an inflammation of the affected area , which then takes on a red colour. The inflammation occurs before the symptoms’ complete disappearance and comes in the form of umbilicated papules, with the lesions’ size ranging from 1 to 8 mm in diameter. Unlike most dermatological conditions, molluscum contagiosum doest not cause any itching.
Vaccinotoxinum 15 CH is one of the most widely used remedies in the treatment of molluscum contagiosum. The required dosage consists of the intake of a weekly dose until the symptoms’ total disappearance. It is also possible to opt for a Thuya occidentalis 15 CH-based treatment, of which 5 granules will need to be taken three times a week for optimum efficiency. Be aware that these remedies are just as effective for treating molluscum contagiosum as for preventing the pathology from recurring. Nevertheless, it is advisable to take 5 granules of Cinnabaris 9 CH and 5 granules of Dulcamara 9 CH per day while waiting to see a doctor.
Regarding preventive treatment, it requires the use of remedies such as Medorrhinum, Nitricum acidum, Thuya occidentalis and Vaccinotoxinum. Molluscum contagiosum can also be locally treated by using Graphites-based ointments and mother tinctures of Thuya occidentalis. For optimal therapeutic effectiveness, it is advisable to opt for the localized application of Calendula 3 DH, Thuya TM and Myristica sebifolia 2 DH. Local treatment should not be used to treat warts that are near mucous membranes, notably because of the alcohol content of the Thuja occidentalis’ mother tincture.
Molluscum contagiosum is a nonpruritic disease, meaning that the symptoms are not accompanied by any itching sensations. However, at some stage of the disease or among people with sensitive skin, itching or eczema may appear, in which case a medical consultation is required. Indeed, the presence of eczema can often lead to the spread of the virus, thus resulting in a worsening of the disease.
• Nitricum Acidum
• Thuya Occidentalis
Good to know: To treat molluscum contagiosum, doctors generally proceed to remove the warts. Thanks to homoeopathy, it is possible to treat this condition effectively without needing to resort to this kind of medical intervention.