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 for some it clears up on its own. This information may cause you to think that you can neglect or ignore your molluscum contagiosum and that it will heal eventually.
It is true that many cases of molluscum contagiosum heal up on their own, as a virus is fought by the body and the symptoms of that virus are healed. However, it can be shortsighted to assume that this irritating skin rash can be ignored for this reason or that this is the best thing to do. Consider two quick reasons why you may want to take a more proactive approach in treating your molluscum contagiosum and in treating it quickly and aggressively.
Ability to Heal
While molluscum contagiosum may clear up on its own, most sufferers of this condition report that it takes months if not even over a year to do so! This is because the virus has made its way to the skin where it's difficult for blood vessels to reach. If they cannot reach the virus, they cannot attack and heal it. It's also true that those with weaker immune systems, such as children and those with conditions such as AIDS or those undergoing chemotherapy, may need even longer before they see their molluscum contagiosum 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 because it is so unsightly, it's good to consider treatment rather than assuming it will soon go away. And of course the health of others should be considered; no one wants to share their molluscum contagiosum with someone else but this can easily happen when it's left untreated.
Getting an Accurate Diagnosis
While it's true that molluscum contagiosum may heal on its own, you need to make sure that this is what you have in the first place. These bumps on the skin can resemble a heat rash, a simple chafing irritation, acne, or some other condition. You may be treating your skin incorrectly or ineffectively, or may even be making the molluscum contagiosum worse by your treatment options.
A diagnosis of molluscum contagiosum doesn't mean that you will need to take some harsh medicines, although if your doctor prescribes something for you then it's always recommended that you heed his or her advice. You can help to treat molluscum contagiosum on your own by strengthening your immune system with a multivitamin and zinc supplements, and by watching your diet as well.
There are also many homeopathic remedies available for molluscum contagiosum and these treat not just the skin lesions but the virus that has caused them as well. These can help this problem clear up quickly so that you know you won't spread it to others and won't need to see these unsightly blotches.