If you've been diagnosed with molluscum contagiosum, you may have already been told that this condition is caused by a virus, much like warts, and that for some people, it clears up on its own. This information may cause you to think that you can neglect or ignore your molluscum contagiosum.
It’s true that many cases of molluscum contagiosum do heal on their own, as the body fights the virus. However, it is shortsighted to assume that this irritating skin rash can or should be ignored.
Here are two reasons to take a more proactive approach in treating your molluscum contagiosum, quickly and aggressively.
Ability to Heal
While molluscum contagiosum may clear up on its own, most sufferers report that this can take months -- even a year, or more! This is because the virus has made its way to the skin, where it's difficult for blood vessels to reach. If blood vessels cannot reach the virus, they cannot attack and heal it. It's also true that for people with weaker immune systems, such as children and those with conditions such as AIDS, or who are undergoing chemotherapy, it can take even longer for molluscum contagiosum to heal.
In the meantime, the virus can spread to other parts of the skin and to other individuals. Because molluscum contagiosum is so contagious and unsightly, immediate treatment is preferable to waiting for it to go away. Besides, the health of others should be considered—no one wants to share molluscum contagiosum, but this can all too easily happen, if it's left untreated.
Getting an Accurate Diagnosis
Don’t guess—see a doctor to find out if those bumps on the skin are heat rash, a simple chafing irritation, acne, or indeed molluscum contagiosum. You may also be treating your skin incorrectly, or even making the molluscum contagiosum worse.
A diagnosis of molluscum contagiosum doesn't have to mean taking harsh medicines. Naturally, if your doctor prescribes something, it's always recommended that you heed his or her advice. However, you can also treat molluscum contagiosum on your own, by strengthening your immune system with a multivitamin and zinc supplement, and by watching your diet, as well.
There are also many homeopathic remedies available for molluscum contagiosum. The best remedies treat not only the skin lesions, but also the virus that caused them. The proper treatment can clear up the problem quickly, so that you don’t spread it to others, and can say goodbye to ugly blotches.