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Does Molluscum Contagiosum Itch ?

Does Molluscum Contagiosum Itch ?

Molluscum Contagiosum is a skin disease caused by poxvirus. It is mostly infected young children and some small flesh colored bumps will appear because of the virus. The bumps will actually go away by themselves after several months, but why are people so eager to try to get rid of the bumps as early as possible? Does molluscum contagiosum itch? Or is it painful? Despite of its unpleasant looks on our skin, molluscum is not painful at all. But it indeed can be very itchy. This itchiness makes the parents worry and try all they can to eliminate these bumps from their children’s skin. Young children possess limited self-control and will have a hard time holding themselves from rubbing the itchy bumps. Even though MC is benign, scratching can lead to more severe infection as well as scarring.

Does Molluscum Contagiosum Itch

How to Relieve the Itches in Molluscum Contagiosum Bumps

To prevent those things to happen, here are a few methods you can use to get rid of the itchiness.

Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of the most effective home remedy to treat MC. The smell may not be delightful but it is very effective to dry the bumps and relief the itch. Wet a cotton ball to the vinegar and apply to the bump. Don’t forget to cover the cotton ball with waterproof band aid to prevent the virus from spreading. Change the cottons regularly to keep the area clean and to prevent the adjacent area from being dry. This technique is not only effective to relieve the itches but also to gradually heal the bumps.

Ask for Topical Cream or Medicine from the Doctor

Apple cider vinegar can sting a little bit and maybe your kids won’t like it. If this is the case, you can see your dermatologist and ask for topical cream or oral medicine to temporarily relieve the itches. This medication will be necessary if the itch is unbearable.

Don’t Touch the Bumps and Keep the Area Clean

Whatever happens, don’t touch the bumps or try to pop and squeeze it. Scratching and squeezing will only spread the virus to adjacent areas. If your nails and hands are dirty, you can also make the infection worse and in result, makes the bumps become itchier. If your doctor thinks the bumps need to be squeezed, make sure you don’t do it by yourself. Let your doctor or dermatologists do it for you with the necessary and hygienic tools.