If you have unsightly bumps along the skin, then you should get them checked out by a doctor. Chances are, they are a simple rash or irritation. Only a doctor can tell you exactly what you have and how to treat it, and you should always follow your doctor's advice.
However, those unsightly bumps may be contagiosum. Contagiosum causes outbreaks of irritating bumps on the skin, but what causes contagiosum?
Contagiosum: Causes and Effects
Contagiosum is caused by a virus. Like warts, contagiosum causes the bumps you see as the skin's reaction to this virus. Because the virus spreads very easily, other contagiosum causes include person-to-person contact with another contagiosum sufferer, and contact with an infected item. Contagiosum can also be spread through unprotected sexual contact.
While contagiosum is most common in children, because of their weaker immune systems, it can and does appear on adults, as well.
Typically, contagiosum clears up on its own, but takes an average of 18 - 30 months to do so. It is not unusual for cases to last 2 - 3 years, and even longer for those with weaker immune systems. Also, because the virus spreads so easily, doctors typically recommend treatment, rather than ignoring the problem so that others are not infected. Consider some additional tips for dealing with contagiosum.
When Contagiosum Causes Related Problems: Do’s and Don’ts
Don’t scratch the infected area. It’s rare that contagiosum causes itching, in itself. Instead, the skin underneath gets dry and irritated, and this makes it itchy. Scratching often spreads the virus to other areas of the skin and to other people, as it may be carried under the fingernails.
Do be mindful of the products you use to treat contagiosum. Because regular creams and lotions don't address the virus, they rarely clear up the bumps. Remember that contagiosum is not like a regular rash that develops from chafing, overexposure to chemicals, and so on. As with any other medical condition, you need to understand contagiosum causes, to understand how to treat it effectively.
Do follow up with medical treatment, if you think you may have contagiosum. The virus may take months, even years, to go away on its own, and may spread unpredictably. You may also see it spread to other parts of the skin and may infect others if you don’t treat contagiosum properly and promptly.
Don't ignore your contagiosum. Get it examined and treated properly, as soon as you can, to keep it under control and speed the healing process. At Naturopathix, Inc,, our team of dedicated practicing physicians and research Ph.Ds understands your concerns and is here to help you. Please feel free to contact us with your questions.