Imiquimod and molluscum contagiosum

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Avatar n tn I went to the doctor about 6 months ago and was told I had molluscum contagiosum. When it first happened I had marks on the inside of my thighs and my stomach that almost looked like ring worm. My gential area was a big rash and I had these marks in my pubic hair(looked like pimples). Since I was diagnosed with MC everything has started to clear up except on my penis and at the base of my penis. I've lived with this condition for almost 8 months. They are small, skin color lesions, very small.
Avatar n tn I went to the Doctor and was tested for everything(came back Negative) and they said it was Molluscum Contagiosum. They said I could have gotten it from anything from dirty towels to contact with another person. I have recently noticed that I have many of the same bumps in my pubic hair area as well that I didn't notice before. Assuming this started in October, I am guessing I have atleast another 6 months to get through it.
Avatar m tn took a look at the small bumps I have and I was told it was Molluscum Contagiosum and was prescribed Imiquimod. The other woman I have seen has not shown any symptoms of anything that I am aware of or at least she has not told me anything. I am just a little intrigued and curious to know if there is any link between the two viruses and should I be concerned about any other STD.
Avatar m tn Other options for topical therapy include iodine and salicylic acid, potassium hydroxide, tretinoin, cantharidin, and imiquimod and must be prescribed by your doctor. Keep the area clean and dry and try to avoid manipulating the lesion to prevent secondary infection. Discuss which treatment option is best suited for you with your doctor. Take care and regards.
Avatar f tn Recently (5/28) diagnosed with molluscum contagiosum and besides from cryotherapy for treatment i also received Aldara cream 5%. (the derm did not get every lump/wart with the liquid nitrogen) Questions I have about this is; How effective is it to be used? Should I apply it with a finger or would a Q-Tip be better or should it be something else? How exactly does it work?
Avatar n tn Your doctor is mostly right, and it sounds like he knows how to treat molluscum contagiosum. However, he is wrong about transmission; in adults, the infection is almost entirely sexually acquired. As in your case, lesions occur mostly around but not on the genitals--lower abdomen, scrotum, and thighs are much more common sites than penis or labia. On to your specific questions: 1) The virus may remain latent in some cases, but probably rare.
Avatar m tn It is just very depressing and I try not to think about it, but it is effecting a very important part of my love life. And i am also a little bit concern because my fiance and I this weekend cheated a little bit and we used a condom a few times over the weekend (I was very careful to make sure she didn't touch my lower stomach or pubic area or any other area not covered by the condom) because we are getting sick of it. I've been trying to keep my immune system up as well also.
Avatar m tn He didn't give me a lot of information. I recently noticed them and my girl friend and I have been having sex and oral. I am concerned about getting the molluscum orally and it spreading to the rest of my body. I read about the silver pen, which was FDA approved. I am scared becasue mu partner now said that she has always been tested and didnt have anything. She works for a dermotologist. I dont know how to tell her.Is there anything I can do? How can you get rid of it orally?
Avatar n tn Warts and molluscum contagiosum are frequently confused with one another by inexperienced health care providers. However, MC doesn't cause fatigue, fever, etc. It is theoretically possible that whatever caused those symptoms temporarily suppressed your immune system, so the MC infection became more prominent. STDs are rare causes of such symptoms, however, and your negative STD tests so far are reassuring.
Avatar m tn Other options for topical therapy include iodine and salicylic acid, potassium hydroxide, tretinoin, cantharidin, and imiquimod and must be prescribed by your doctor. Keep the area clean and dry and try to avoid manipulating the lesion to prevent secondary infection. Take care and regards.
Avatar m tn Dear DB681, Thanks for posting your query. Molluscum contagiosum is caused by mollusum contagiosum virus. It can spread by sexual as well as casual skin to skin contact. I assume that you tested negative for all other STDs including HIV. In your case, Molluscum contagiosum can be treated by either cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen. A liquid nitrogen gas will be applied on the lesions weekly for 6 -8 weeks or till the lesions resolve. Usually 8 sittings are sufficient.
Avatar n tn Hi, Molluscum contagiosum is a harmless virus that may persist for months or occasionally for a couple of years. It can spread from person to person by direct skin contact or if present in the genitals, through sexual transmission.It will eventually go away on it’s own without leaving a scar. It may take from 6 months up to 5 years for all of the molluscum to go away Diagnosis is usually through pjysical examination of the lesions.
Avatar m tn I left it alone for a couple days and finally went into the ER after work to get it checked up on. The doctor took a look at the bumps and said it most likely looks like Molluscum Contagiosum, although, he wanted me to go the local Health Department for further and precise testing. From what I've been reading up on about MC, I can see that there is quite a few different treatments ranging from scraping, freezing, ointments and so on.
Avatar n tn I made a comment a week or so ago about my having contracted Molluscum contagiosum. I mentioned that the dermatologist who made the diagnosis prescribed me a medication called Aldara (you'll sometimes hear of it under the name Imiquimod). The doc here said he had never heard reports of treating MC with that medication. Among the lots of research I have done about MC on the internet, I have learned it is only beginning to be studied as a treatment.
Avatar n tn Some of the pimples become slightly red and swollen and she complains that they hurt and can be sore. Please can anyone tell me is there any treatments except freezing them off that work. My daughter is only 5 and would find this treatment too painful. I have seen various topical treatments for sale on the internet ranging from $39 to $290. Would I be wasting my money? I really would like to offer her something to relieve the problem.
Avatar f tn Welcome to the forum. Molluscum contagiosum is a minor problem -- although cosmetically unpleasant and inconvenient, never a serious health risk. Because it is rather minor, there hasn't been much research; most of what we know is based on clinicinans' personal experience and a few non-rigorous studies. Here is a thread that goes into detail about what is known about sexual transmission:
Avatar m tn I was diagnosed with genital warts and molluscum contagiosum at the beginning of this past February. Since then I've gone to a clinic every other week to receive liquid nitrogen treatment. Since beginning treatment my warts have been reduced significantly but there is an area on my foreskin where the wart begins to grow back instantly after it is removed with liquid nitrogen.
1295255 tn?1273121552 Several medications(like podophyllum resin, Podofilox (Condylox), Trichloroacetic and bichloroacetic acids, Imiquimod 5% cream and interferons) are available, which can be applied directly to the surface. Other treatment options include electrical cautery, surgical removal, Carbon dioxide laser treatment and electrodesiccation. In my opinion you should talk to a cosmetologist/dermatologist and get them prescribed as they should be used only after consulting a dermatologist. I hope it helps.
Avatar n tn 1) Your description sounds like molluscum contagiosum is a good possibility, but I cannot speculate with any more certainty. 2) Your description is not at all like herpes. 3) This doesn't sound like any STD other than MC. 4) If you have MC, you are infectious as long as you have lesions and if the lesions come into contact with another person's skin. The virus may also involve skin areas that look visually normal, so any sexual contact risks transmission.
Avatar n tn The limits are there to be fair to all who use the site and to keep individuals from dominating it. On to your questions, briefly. The utility of imiquimod (Aldara) for molluscum is marginal. Instead of wasting time, I would suggest you just bite the bullet and get them frozen. All need to be frozen in order to cure you and then to reduce the likelihood of you infecting your GF, your concerns about oral sex, etc. Just go on and get it done.
Avatar f tn The doctor told me that the bumps were 100% not herpes and that they were Mollscum Contagiosum. She prescribed me Imiquimod cream to apply three times a week. I lost the cream and was frankly just too impatient to use it, I wanted the molluscum to be frozen off with cryotherapy. They were frozen off and successfully healed but even the day of the therapy I noticed that she missed one of the mollscum bumps and I still currently have it to this day.
Avatar f tn I went back to my gyno. She then told me it looked like Molluscsum Contagiosum and gave me Aldara cream to use. Well, I used it all over my genital area for 3 days. On the 3rd day - I developed 5 small ulcers. They didn't hurt. I went back to my gyno. This time (after the negative herpes test and no new partners) she told me it looked like herpes. She did a swab of an ulcer and it came back negative for herpes.
Avatar n tn Hi, How are you? Molluscum contagiosum is a common condition where small warty bumps (mollusca) appear on the skin. It is caused by a virus that can be passed on by skin contact or from contaminated towels, flannels, soft toys, etc. It is not serious and usually clears within 12-18 months without any treatment. It is caused by a virus which can be passed on by skin-to-skin contact. You can also be infected by touching things that have been contaminated by the virus.
Avatar n tn Imiquimod (Aldara) a topical immune response cream can be applied to the affected area . Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a viral infection of the skin or occasionally of the mucous membranes.Many health professionals recommend treating bumps located in the genital area to prevent them from spreading. Molluscum contagiosum lesions are flesh-colored, dome-shaped, and pearly in appearance. Daily topical application of tretinoin cream ("Retin-A 0.025%") may also trigger resolution.
Avatar m tn Hi, I've noticed in the past few months that I have Molluscum Contagiosum (or so I think) on the shaft of my penis and pubic area (although I have no idea how I got it) and since developped some skin sloughing on the shaft of my penis. This sloughing is nowhere near the lesions. The skin is cracked and 'chapped'. It is not hot to the touch or infected. I have had this for about a month and it hasn't changed. I have tried applying plain lotion with no improvement.
Avatar m tn Antiviral activity has been demonstrated against a variety of viruses, and clinical efficacy has been demonstrated against genital warts, herpes genitalis and molluscum contagiosum. Imiquimod is administered as a 5% cream (Aldara) and has been licensed for the treatment of anogenital warts in immunocompetent patients. Complete clearance of warts has been observed in up to half of treated patients with only local side effects reported.
Avatar f tn I took my daughter in yesterday and found out it is Molluscum contagiosum. they told me they could freeze them off or use a topical cream that is commonly used in chemo therapeutic procedures. Her dr said with her being so young that it is up to me if i want to use the cream and I dont. I also dont want to freeze them off either cause it would hurt her and there are so many. I have looked up home remedies that i plan on trying soon. One being apple cidar vinegar and the other tea tree oil.
Avatar n tn My son has small blister like bumps on his stomach the range from the size of a pencil lead to about the size of marker tip. They are not itchy and started off with like one or two and now have spread over his stomach and on his right arm. I've taken to the doctor and they say its not warts. The are hard little bumbs that look like they have a white head or something in it; but you can't pop them. They don't itch him, but they hurt if you try to pop it or scratch it.
Avatar m tn I got tested for everything to HPV to HIV to Herpes, it was full panel test. Someone told me it could possible be Molluscum Contagiosum? Any thoughts? And whats the best way to get rid of this? My doctor gave my Imiquimod Cream but it seems to be making it worse Thanks.
Avatar m tn I went for the first time to see a Nurse Practitioner, and told her I thought it was Molluscum Contagiosum... and then... she visually diagnosed me with molluscum. But im having second thoughts now, apparently dimples in the center of the bumps are a tell-tale sign they are Molluscum, but I dont see any dimples. These bumps are really small, 1-2mm?. I left a message with the nurse this evening, asking for a referral to see a Urologist or Dermatologist.