Molluscum is a viral skin infection characterised by clusters of small, firm, raised spots with a pus-like, pearly white substance in the centre. These spots can appear anywhere on the body, with a predilection for the limbs, face, chest, and abdomen. Although it is not a serious health problem and usually does not cause pain, it is highly contagious, especially among children who often play closely together.
Causes and Transmission
The virus is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact or via contaminated objects such as towels or clothing. Young children, due to their close interactions, are particularly susceptible, and those with atopic eczema are at higher risk. While most adults have natural immunity to Molluscum Contagiosum (MC), precautions should be taken to avoid spreading the virus through shared items and touching affected areas.
Various treatments, including topical creams and cryotherapy, are available for MC. However, medical practitioners often advise against these for young children due to potential pain, scarring, and the virus's self-clearing nature. In some cases, a healthcare professional may suggest physically removing the infectious centres, emphasising the importance of seeking medical advice to prevent further infection.
The Natural Solution: Manuka Biotic's Approach
Amidst the diverse array of treatments, a natural alternative stands out – Manuka Biotic's products infused with natural mānuka oil. Renowned for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, mānuka oil offers a gentle yet effective solution as shown by research. Our range includes specially formulated creams and emollients designed to soothe irritated skin without causing pain or scarring.
Embracing Natural Remedies
- Mānuka oil: A natural targeted treatment of molluscum spots
- Eczema Relief Body Lotion: A potent lotion that helps keep the skin barrier clear and helps curb further self inoculation and soothes irritation.
- Calming Body Wash: Helps to clear the skin of bacteria to aid further
It's crucial to approach alternative remedies with caution, ensuring thorough research and purchasing from reputable suppliers.
How To Use The Molluscum Bundle
When using Manuka Biotic's Molluscum Bundle, it's essential to follow these steps:
Patch Test: Before applying the products extensively, conduct a patch test. This simple precaution ensures that your child's skin responds well to the treatment.
Apply Mānuka Oil: Using a Q-tip apply the Mānuka oil to to target the affected Molluscum spots. This should be done with care and attention to prevent further irritation.
Use Calming Body Wash: During bathing, use the calming body wash to cleanse the skin gently.
Apply Eczema Relief Body Lotion: After bathing, apply the eczema relief body lotion to keep the skin moisturised and prevent dryness and itching.
Duration and Management
Molluscum spots typically crust over and heal within six to 12 weeks. However, due to its contagious nature, new patches may develop before the complete resolution within 18 months. Encouraging your child not to touch or scratch the spots helps prevent further spread. School attendance and activities like swimming need not be interrupted, as the spots usually become red and inflamed just before disappearing.
Potential Complications and Aftercare
Complications may include eczema development around the spots, infection, and rare occurrences around the eyes necessitating specialist intervention. While scarring is rare after Molluscum Cotagiosum (MC) clears up, lighter areas or faint marks may persist. Maintaining vigilance and following recommended aftercare, such as keeping nails short and avoiding shared items, can contribute to a smoother recovery.
Real-life Experience: A Parent's Perspective
Sally, Full-time Mum: After a clusters of spots appeared on Isaiah's legs, a GP diagnosed Isaiah with Molluscum, a highly contagious, viral skin condition, which can take up to two years to heal and said there was nothing he could take for it. Over the next eight months the spots got worse, becoming large and inflamed; some up to the size of a five-cent piece and as big as that under the skin. Read more about Sally's experience using our Molluscum Bundle as told in this news article.
Nurturing Skin Health Naturally
In the realm of Molluscum Contagiosum treatment, Manuka Biotic's natural mānuka oil-infused Molluscum Bundle offer a gentle, effective, and natural alternative. Embrace a holistic approach, combining traditional medical advice with the soothing power of nature, to navigate this viral skin infection with confidence. Your child's skin health is a priority, and Manuka Biotic is here to support you on the journey to recovery. You can read more on Molluscum here
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