Molluscum lesions are filled with viral inclusion bodies and need to be physically removed from the skin to prevent further autoinoculation. This can be accomplished through cryosurgery, curettage, lasers or topical treatment with trichloroacetic acid. Cryosurgery uses liquid nitrogen to destroy the superficial tissue. Molluscum contagiosum is a very common viral disease found primarily in the young and immunocompromised. A DNA pox virus known as the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV) causes the disease. Humans are the only known hosts of the virus, and, as the name suggests, it is highly contagious. The small umbilicated lesions associated with the virus can be spread from person to person and can be autoinoculated. These lesions are known as mollusca. The virus remains sectioned off within the cutaneous lesions and cannot be spread via airborne particles from coughing or sneezing. Transmission of molluscum is associated with public swimming pools, sharing of towels or linens and living in close quarters with infected individuals.
Asstt.Professor,SGRRIM & HS
SKIN & VD & LEPROSY
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