This is really a question for the experts here... I've contracted molluscum - it's related to the pox virus (where chix pos comes from) but it's really not so bad. They don't itch, or sting. They really just look like a few, small shaving bumps and don't really bother me. What does bother me is that I may have them for anywhere from 6 months to 5 years! My Planned Parenthood Doctor said there's no treatment necessary for them, they'll go away on their own, but I read somewhere there's topical treatment (such as retinol cream or something) so I can avoid freezing, or lasers (which I can't afford anyway!) Should I seek treatment or just ride it out like the doc suggested?
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quote: Chemical treatment (applying medication directly to the lesion). A medication, such as salicylic acid, is applied directly to a lesion. The lesion may be covered with a piece of tape after treatment. Salicylic acid is usually not painful, but other topical medications used to remove lesions may be. The use of cantharidin, which causes the lesion to blister and then go away, may cause pain as the blister develops. Cantharidin is often effective and may decrease further spread of the virus.
There is also treatment with oral medication, but that seems to be limited to severe cases, and isn't that effective to start with.
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I'm not sure about the creams and pills treatments, but to have the laser thing or the freezing thing, you have to go to a dermatologist. Getting them treated is good because then you can't spread them to other parts of your body or to your partners.
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