Can molluscum contagiosum be cured?
Yes, but it is highly contagious and can be contracted directly and indirectly from an infected person or a contaminated toy or object. Therefore, your family’s overall hygiene needs to be controlled by washing your hands often. In addition, change pillows and clothes more frequently and bath towels daily. Don’t use soap bars, use liquid body wash instead. Avoid scratch bumps and cover any pus head molluscum spots with adhesive bandage or clothing. Most importantly, don’t share towels, toys or clothing.
Some advice and treatment vary from “there’s no treatment” to “it will disappear in a year or two“. For instance, other options are freezing with liquid nitrogen until they clear, cauterising, squeezing, popping cutting and burning the spots. In addition, “treatments” can include benzyl peroxide, Betadine, and Burrow’s solution (aluminium acetate). None of these methods are satisfactory. As a result, some can be quite distressing for young children, and leave scarring.