A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Molluscum Contagiosum
I had a question the other day about molluscum contagiosum.
Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection causing small pearly or flesh-colored bumps.
The bumps may be clear and the center often is indented.
The infection is caused by a virus.
The virus is easily spread but isn’t harmful.
The bumps are round with a dimple in the center.
They are a little smaller in size than the eraser on the end of a pencil.
The bumps don’t cause pain.
They may appear alone or in groups.
They most often appear on your trunk, face, eyelids, or genital area.
The bumps may become inflamed and turn red as your body fights the virus.
People who have a weakened immune system may have dozens of larger bumps.
These may need special treatment.
The virus commonly spreads through skin-to-skin contact.
This includes sexual contact or touching the bumps and then touching the skin.
Touching an object with the virus on it, like a towel, also can spread the infection.
The virus can spread from one part of your body to another.
Or it can spread to other people, like among children at day care or school.
The infection is contagious until the bumps are gone.
The time from exposure to the virus until the bumps appear usually is 2-7 weeks, but it can take up to 6 months.
To prevent molluscum contagiosum from spreading:
>Try not to scratch.
>Put a piece of tape or a bandage over the bumps.
>Don’t share towels or washcloths.
>If the bumps are on your face, don’t shave.
>If the bumps are in your genital area, avoid sexual contact.
Molluscum contagiosum is most common in children, especially those younger than age 12.
In teens and young adults, it’s usually a sexually transmitted infection.
But wrestlers, swimmers, gymnasts, massage therapists, and people who use steam rooms and saunas also can get it.
Molluscum contagiosum is more common in warm, humid climates with crowded living conditions.
In most cases, molluscum contagiosum doesn’t need to be treated.
The bumps usually go away on their own in 6 to 9 months.
But in some cases, they may last much longer—sometimes even for years.
To deal with molluscum contagiosum it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Increase Omega3/omega6 essential fats.
*Keep a balanced pH.
*Use Enfuselle and/or ShakleeBaby skin care products.
*Tea Tree Oil is an antibacterial topical treatment.
*Epsom salts baths may be beneficial/soothing.
*Consider liver and/or colon cleanses, fasting, and/or juicing.
*Review my post on candida.
*Consider aloe vera (gel from inside fresh leaves is best).
*Eliminate toxic personal care, laundry and cleaning products.
*Eliminate personal care products that upset skin’s natural pH.
*Decrease excessive sun exposure.
*Decrease exposure to chlorinated shower/bath water, pools and hot tubs.
*Improve your digestion and elimination processes.
*Discover allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Eliminate free radical damage.