Molloscum Warts: Kids And Immune System

molloscum warts Molluscum Warts are caused by a virus called the Molluscum Contagiosum Virus. This virus can affect anyone; however it is particularly prevalent in children under 10. It can also be spread due to sexual activity in adults from a partner that is infected. The warts can appear on any area of the body but are most likely to show on the legs and arms. The virus spreads via skin on skin contact. This condition is becoming well known due to its increasing prevalence in the gay community, particularly in those who suffer from the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Molluscum Warts do not indicate HIV per se, but do provide an indication of immunodeficiency. Those with compromised immune systems need to be careful such as someone dealing with cancer.

Molluscum warts form as a round, smooth, firm papule which tends to be about 5 millimeters in diameter and generally can number up to thirty in some cases of infections. The number of warts can increase dramatically in those who have compromised immune systems, an example being individuals who are suffering from HIV or Cancer. The infection tends to appear on the arms and/or body trunk, but also often appears on the genitals if it has been sexually transmitted. The Molloscum Skin Rash can cause anxiety when it is in genital area as there are many std rashes and this uncertainty can create confuses about whether it is a scabies rash or herpes.

The warts can cause itching irritation, scratching the warts can worsen the condition and cause the infection to spread. Repeated scratching can lead to scarring and abrasion. The spread of the infection through scratching; which is called autoinoculation, is particularly prevalent in children. Bandages are advised, but many don’t cover them so it is important to be aware of this when your child is in school or if you have a compromised immune system. Also, many kids don’t wash their
hands for ten to fifteen seconds but just run them under water for a few seconds. Teach your children about the importance of hand washing and the proper way to disinfect them. Kids are often in a hurry and think this isn’t unnecessary.

Untreated Molluscum warts can and do disappear on their own without treatment. An untreated infection can last up to three months. If autoinoculation has occurred and the virus has spread then the period of recovery can be much longer. It is not unknown for sufferers to have the virus for up to two years if it has spread via autoinoculation. It is therefore vital to try to not scratch the warts; however itchy and uncomfortable they may become. Kids also get curious and like to touch
them and feel their textures.

People don’t always treat Molluscum Contagiosum, but it may be advised to do so in children and those afflicted in the genital regions to avoid it spreading. The removal of the warts will prevent the virus from spreading to other areas of your body and will also prevent you from infecting other individuals’ trough physical contact. Covering the areas with bandages is a good idea but it is important to have the condition treated and evaluated by a physician.

As with any medical complaint it is best to consult your physician, however the most effective treatments a clustered into a term called ‘destruction’. Options include the following; Curettage, which involves scraping off the wart from the skin. Cautery, which involves using heat to remove the warts. Cryotherapy; is a further option which uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the warts from the skin.

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