Molluscum Contagiosum is a painless, superficial series of small flesh or pink colored bumps. They are benign and typically will resolve on their own within a few months-years and rarely leave scars. Molluscum can be spread by direct contact with an infected person or a contaminated object such as a towel or piece of clothing. It is typically advised to allow the virus to clear up on its own due to the fact that treating it could possibly lead to unnecessary scarring or it can be more difficult to treat if you have a weakened immune system but there are options for treatment. The treating physician will take action with one of these four methods, cryotherapy, curettage, laser therapy or topical therapy. During cryotherapy the physician will utilize a tool that uses liquid nitrogen to freeze each and every bump which in turn will solidify the mass and allow it to fall off. Curettage is the process of using a small tool that scrapes off the bumps. Laser therapy is a very effective way to remove the bumps because we are using heat to destroy each one. We will utilize our CO2/Erbium YAG laser to pinpoint each lesion and treat accordingly until it falls off. Lastly, topical therapy is simple and easy to do at home. The physician will prescribe a topical ointment or cream that contains certain acids or chemicals that will gradually induce peeling of the top layers of skin which will result in the bumps falling off. Unlike chickenpox, once you’ve been infected it is possible to become infected again because you are not protected against it.
Length of Appt.: Varies on case
Check Up Appt.: Every few months to check progress
Medical Clearance Needed: Yes
Results: Immediate – couple weeks
Purpose: Remove Molluscum from patient’s body
Indications: Small, painless, flesh or pink colored bumps
Contraindications: Weakened immune system