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Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum recommends that a common viral disease that affects the skin. It affects people of any age, but mainly affects children from one to 10 years, sexually active adults, and those who have a weak immune system.
There are 4 types of the virus: MCV-1, MCV-2, MCV-3 and MCV-4. The most common is the virus MCV-1, while the MCV-2 is detected more often in adults and is sexually transmitted.
Molluscum contagiosum occurs with small ογκιδια size 1-10 mm, that look like pearls. It is round, white and shiny papules , containing a viscous material, the golgi of τερμίνθου. Many parents confuse the infectious τέρμινθο with the wart or a staph infection.
Originally molluscum contagiosum appears as a small pimple of a few millimetres (1-10 mm) in the color of the skin and is soft to the touch. Then it grows and becomes more hard. Within 6-9 months, the papules regress (self-cure), can, however, without proper treatment can persist for years. Every pimple lives about two months, but due to the transmission from one point to another in the same person, the condition can last longer. Due to the easy transmission, especially if a child suffers from atopic dermatitis in the child, and other children, should be treated immediately.
Molluscum contagiosum in children occurs mainly on the face, trunk and extremities. The disease appears to be more aggressive in children with eczema.
In adults pimples appear mostly around the genitals, in the inside part of the thigh, in the region of the anus, in the armpits and abdomen. The virus can in some cases to affect also the περιοφθαλμικη area.
The damages of infectious τερμίνθου usually do not cause pain unless they become infected or ibd. Often can cause itching In a small percentage of cases(5-10 %)may occur eczema πέριφερικα of the lesions. It can also at the centre of the present and a little bleeding. The damage is limited to the upper layer of the epidermis.


Molluscum contagiosum usually transmitted by skin contact (often through sex to adults) and commonly used objects such as clothes, towels, sheets etc. It can also be spread by dirty water and the sand which lay in the summer. Most often occurs in children who play sports in swimming pools and fitness centres and in children who suffer from dry skin.
Also the virus is transmitted in the same person from one part of the body to another via ξεσμού (αυτοενοφθαλμισμός). Can be launched from a pimple through this process to occur much more.


In several cases, the disease resolves on its own and leaves no scars (the body develops antibodies to the virus). If the lesions begin to become irritated recommended mild cortisone creams. Sometimes, however, the disease can last even years, mainly in children with a tendency to eczema or in immunocompromised patients.
Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen is effective, but causes pain when it is applied, and the excessive use of it can cause complications. The surgical treatment consists in the removal of lesions with surgical forceps (scraping) , but this is a painful process and in children is usually performed with local anesthesia.
Another effective alternative treatment is the use of υπερπαλμικού laser and in this, because it causes pain, local anesthesia is applied.

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