Molluscum and Warts Treatments
Warts and molluscum contagiosum are two conditions that can cause a great deal of embarrassment. Because the symptoms of these conditions are visually apparent, sufferers often try to cover them with makeup or clothing. However, in some cases, covering the symptoms is impossible because of their location. When symptoms are especially severe, the person may not even want to go out in public until these are resolved.
A wart is a growth on the skin that occurs when you contract certain strains of the human papillomavirus. They may occur anywhere on the body, but they are most common on the hands and fingers. Molluscum contagiosum is a virus that causes small, firm growths to appear in various locations on the body. The growths caused by these blemishes may disappear on their own without treatment after a few months. However, the condition can sometimes persist for years and may require medical intervention. Fortunately, effective treatments are available to people who have common, flat or plantar warts as well as molluscum contagiousum.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of warts may include:
- Light-colored, bumpy growths on the hands and fingers
- Small, flat growths that appear on the face or legs
- Light brown or flesh tone lumps that contain black specks, commonly found on the toes or the soles of the feet or Plantar Warts
- Red, pink or red growths found in or near the anus or directly on the genitals
Signs and symptoms of molluscum contagiosum may include:
- Bumps that are smooth and firm with a dimple in the center
- Bumps that may be itchy or sore
- Bumps that may be flesh tone, pink or white
- Bumps that may occur in groups or isolation
- Bumps that are generally small, with a maximum size of 5 mm
Diagnosis and Treatment
Warts and growths resulting from molluscum contagiosum are typically diagnosed during a physical examination, either by a family physician or a dermatologist. The best course of treatment depends on the nature of the condition and its severity.
Typical treatments for warts include topical medications, injections that kill the virus causing the condition, freezing treatments or minor surgery to remove the growth manually. Typical treatments for molluscum contagiosum include aspiration of the fluid inside the bumps, freezing treatments, topical creams and oral medications.
Outcomes and Follow-up
The outcome of treatment is largely dependent on the condition, its severity at the time of treatment and the type treatment used. In some cases, conditions may require more than one type of treatment. For example, if a wart doesn't respond to basic freezing treatments, minor surgery may be required to remove it. Some conditions may resolve on their own without any type of treatment.
Any of these conditions can recur after treatment. If you have been treated for molluscum contagiosum or warts and symptoms return, you can be treated for the condition again. Contact Metropolitan Dermatology in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck and Staten Island for a consultation with our dermatologists.