What Are The Alternative Treatments For Molluscum Besides Surgery For A 10-year-old Child?

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Good afternoon doctor,

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Hello Vera,


Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection of the skin that causes symptoms in the form of nodules or small bumps on the surface of the skin, nodules such as hollows or dots, sometimes itchy, can spread to other areas, if broken can come out yellowish fluid, and can be contagious.


Molluscum contagiosum can sometimes improve on its own without special treatment but it takes a long time about 6 months to 1.5 years. If complaints interfere or have the potential to cause complications, such as lesions around the eyes, doctors can provide further treatment with benzoyl peroxide, tretinoin, potassium hydroxide, imiquimod, podophylloxin, and other actions if necessary for example by laser, cryotherapy, scraping, and diathermy. The choice of treatment and actions will be adjusted to the patient's condition.


It is recommended that you follow the advice of the doctor who examines your child because the doctor who examines is more familiar with your child's condition. If you are in doubt, you can seek a second opinion with another dermatologist including other treatment options that can be given.


As for the scars, both molluscum contagiosum or the action has the possibility of causing complications and side effects in the form of scars or scar tissue on the skin, although it does not always appear. The scars and scar tissue can fade with time and if necessary the doctor can provide further treatment to remove the scars that appear so you don't need to worry.


While waiting for the control to the doctor, you should teach your child to keep the body clean, diligently washing hands, and avoid sharing clothes or toiletries with your child until healed huh.


Hope it helps you,


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