To be precise, molluscum contagiosum can be defined in a number of ways, none of them all that clear and easily understood by the uninitiated. However, if one takes away all the complicated medical terms, all which is left of the definition is the following phrase: molluscum contagiosum is a very common skin problem caused by the pox virus. Now, it might come as a surprise to many that the molluscum contagiosum cause is the same virus like the one that causes chicken pox, but it really is all explained once the patient understands the molluscum contagiosum physical manifestations. Clearly, to someone who has suffered from the most severe form of this skin condition all their life, the manifestations will not seem all that different from their regular skin. This is where those molluscum contagiosum pictures come into play: show them to a patient that is suspected of this illness and they will be convinced to visit a dermatologist.
After all this talk about the molluscum contagiosum causes, it might be best to describe the actual look of this rather annoying skin condition: small, red or brown bumps that spread all over the body, encompassing the face, the neck, the back, the abdomen, the thighs and the buttocks. Also, the palms of the patients’ hands and the soles of the patients’ feet. For the majority of people, molluscum contagiosum is a “one – area” skin condition: it affects only one of the above enumerated areas. However, if the patient has a particularly weak immune system, it is possible for molluscum contagiosum to colonize the entire body. While if the little bumps appear on only one area of the body, the patient might miss it and call it a regular occurrence, the picture is not so pretty and easy to mistake for normalcy if they attack the entire surface of the skin. These are rare cases and most physicians have seen them only in molluscum contagiosum pictures in medical books.
Actually, the exact moment when people decide that there is something wrong with their skin is when they are affected by one of the molluscum contagiosum complications. Basically, when the superficial blood vessels from the affected area of skin become inflated, they turn red. They seem to start from one point and move towards the periphery of the wound. This is what drives the sufferers to search medical help.
It might be a bit overkill to talk about molluscum contagiosum symptoms, since the little bumps are pretty much it. However, if the patient is known for having a highly sensitive skin, some itching might occur in the more serious forms of molluscum contagiosum. Also, keep in mind that the incidence of this annoying skin condition is bigger in the male segment of the population than in the female one. For once, this is a sexist disease. The explanation might seem natural, but proving it has given researchers some serious trouble: essentially, the specialists postulate that men eliminate some sort of chemical through their skin, chemical that allows them the virus to develop freely. The problem has been that the substance is not all that easy to identify and even trickier to suppress. Fortunately, there are progresses made every year in the study of skin chemistry and a solution might be on its way.
What makes molluscum contagiosum such an unimportant condition? Well, the main reason might be that it is not able to pass the skin barrier. Basically, the virus, in this form, does not have the ability to cross the layers of epidermis and fat and reach the inner systems. Therefore, it does not affect the internal organs or enter the bloodstream. However, nothing says that it cannot spread from one part of the body to another. Thus, if you use the same towel to wipe your entire body after you bathed, the physical manifestations of molluscum contagiosum will appear on other parts of your body than the one initially affected. If no precautions are taken, even the proper molluscum contagiosum treatment will do nothing to stop the increase of the affected areas of skin. It is important to remember the following things: do not share towels, do not use the same towel to wipe the problematic area as the rest of your body and do not wash in the same bathtub as the rest of your healthy family.
Just like its name states, molluscum contagiosum is highly contagious. How contagious, you wonder? Well, very is a proper word for it: for example, you can contract it by skin – on – skin touching, from using the same towel as an infected person or by simply placing your towel next to one belonging to a sufferer. Of course, public bathing houses and public pools are out of the question if you want to prevent molluscum contagiosum.
When talking about the molluscum contagiosum treatment, there are two things one must be aware of. First, the physical manifestations of this skin condition tend to disappear on their own after a few months after the first flare up. Keep in mind that only the signs go away and not the cause. Also, the second thing that every patient should know is that molluscum contagiosum is, basically, harmless. It is usually treated with common wart remedies: liquid nitrogen (freezing) and cauterization (heat). The little bumps are either frozen or dehydrated and they fall off.