Dr. Hendricks performs Molluscum Contagiosum procedures for patients from Lumberton, NC , Fayetteville and Pinehurst.
Molluscum Contagiosum is a virus that can appear as small papules and may grow into raised nodules on the skin that can appear pearl-like or flesh-colored. Molluscum Contagiosum is a member of the poxyvirus family and normally has no redness or inflammation but can spread into lines of groups (crops) that can get irritated if scratched.
For many people, the virus goes may away in a few months without treatment. Treatment is generally recommended to avoid spreading the virus on oneself and to others. For those with immune deficiencies such as HIV or AIDS, the virus may resistant to treatment.
You can get the virus in a variety of ways. It can spread through objects such as towels or toys. It is a common infection in children. It can also be spread through sexual contact in adults. Many patients come to our office thinking they have warts or a herpes infection.
Dr. Andrew Hendricks can diagnose your Molluscum Contagiosum by a skin exam. The diagnosis can be confirmed by skin biopsy if necessary.
For many patients Molluscum will disappear naturally in up to two years and typically within one year. The transmission of the infection ends when there are no more growths and until then, as long as there are growths, the virus can spread and be transmitted to others. After you’ve healed, it is possible to become reinfected upon contact with the virus in the future.
Treatment is recommended to limit transmission as well to prevent scars. It’s best to treat the lesions while they are small. Treatments include curettement, freezing, electrosurgery, or surgical shave removal.