Molluscum Contagiosum

In immunocompromised individuals, molluscum contagiosum may be very extensive and difficult to treat. The most appropriate therapeutic approach largely depends on the clinical situation. In healthy children, a major goal is to limit discomfort and benign neglect or minor, direct lesional trauma is appropriate. In adults who are more motivated to have their lesions treated, cryotherapy or curettage of individual lesions is effective and well tolerated.

The treatment becomes necessary to accelerate the healing process, preventing its spread and for cosmetic reasons. Most of the contemporary treatment methods such as cryotherapy, curettage, and topical application of caustic agents are effective but produce local side-effects such as erythema, tenderness, itching, burning sensation, and pain. Three cases of molluscum contagiosum approached our outpatient Department of Dermatology complaining of umbilicated, skin-colored, firm, painless papules over the neck and face. All of them were immune competent. The medical, social, and family history was insignificant. The lesions were, numerous and recurrent.