Molescum is a common skin disease, molescum is characterized by small round red bumps or growths that grow on the surface of the skin.
Molescum usually appears during late adolescence and early adulthood. It is more common in girls than in boys, with the disorder being more common in girls than in boys in some parts of the world. The cause of molescum is unknown but it is believed to be related to infection with human papillomavirus (HPV). Some studies suggest that exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun may trigger the appearance of molescum. It usually heals on its own but some moles may require cosmetic treatment to reduce their size.
It depends on the immune system of your body
Some people are at a greater risk of contracting molescum than others. Molescuums tend to appear when the immune system is immature. Molescuums are also more prone to other skin disorders such as warts, herpes and scabies. Molescence comes under the umbrella term of ‘adolescence’ which denotes the period between childhood and the age of 25.
Pregnant women are at risk
Molescum can appear in different colors and can form clusters on the body, especially on the face, hands and feet. Maintain skin maturity is affected by a number of factors including puberty, sex, ethnicity, hormones and diet. Some of these factors are more important in certain ethnic groups than in others. Pregnant women, for example, are at an increased risk of contracting molescum due to the fact that their bodies may be unusually susceptible to infections caused by viruses and bacteria carried by mosquitoes. Girls who are pregnant are most at risk of contracting contaminated genitalia due to the fact that their genitalia are more prone to infection by virus.
An uncommon yet potentially serious complication of molescum is the condition known as cystic molluscum. In this rare condition, a white bump resembling a bump is found in the soft tissue and flesh of the penis or the anus, it grows and later causes pain and permanent damage to the organ. Cystic molluscum is caused by an unusual amount of abnormal growth of cells in the organ.
Like most other diseases, molescum can be prevented through early detection and effective treatment. Prophylactic treatment is the preventive treatment, meaning that it is done before molescum begins, to avoid the virus from causing damage to the organs during its development. These include use of condoms during sexual intercourse and delay in puberty. Early treatment also reduces the chances that people will become infected with molluscum contagiosum.
Because of the prevalence of the skin virus, molluscum contagiosum can affect anyone. Children, adolescents and adults can become infected. A person can become infected if he or she has unprotected sex with an infected person. Molescence then can be when the disease sets in. The virus can stay in the body of an infected person for years, even decades, without causing any problems or symptoms.
How to stop spreading molescum
There are ways to prevent spreading molluscum to other people. For example, it is recommended that children under the age of nine months should not be allowed to have their molluscum warts frozen off. Also, parents should be particular with those who have this contagious disease since it can cause certain health problems for the individual. For those who know their child is susceptible to spreading molluscum, it is best to have their child’s moles frozen off as soon as possible.
The good news is that treatment for molescum can be done at a clinic or doctor’s office. freezing molluscum off is done with a cryoablation technique which is done with liquid nitrogen. There will be a scar when the mole is frozen off, but the good news is that the scars will be completely healed after one year. While treatment for molescum is best left up to a medical professional, it is also important to remember that there is no known cure for the virus that causes molescum. Therefore, it is highly recommended that anyone who has molescum be sure to use protection during intercourse.