Molluscum contagiosum bumps may disappear on their own after several months. Your dermatologist may propose a variety of treatments varying in intensity to get rid of the virus based on many factors including your age as well as the location and number of lesions present.
When considering treatment, it is important to remember that the molluscum virus is benign and will go away on its own once the immune system recognizes the virus and mounts a response to treat all active lesions. This can typically take 12 to 18 months, and therefore treatment is considered to reduce the risk of developing new lesions or spreading the infection to other people.
If the molluscum is on the face or other sensitive area, your dermatologist may prescribe a topical medication to use at home to treat the bumps.
In-office treatment often involves cryotherapy (freezing individual lesions with liquid nitrogen) or cantharidin (a painless substance used to coat the lesion). Either of these may cause a blister to form in the area, with the intention to help fight off the virus.
Another treatment called curettage utilizes a sharp tool to scrape off the individual lesions.
If many lesions are present, repeat treatments every 2 to 4 weeks may be necessary to successfully treat the virus.
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