Molluscum Contagiosum in Adults
Even though adult men and women do not tend to contract molluscum contagiosum as much as children, its impact on adults is much worse because:
- Adults care much more about their appearance than children. Having the ugly-looking molluscum bumps on visible areas is socially problematic. The person with molluscum may become very self-conscious and start avoiding social appearances. You will notice that other people tend to look at your bumps with some concern, but pretend that they did not see anything wrong.
- Adults tend to get molluscum contagiosum in their genital area, which complicates their love life.
- Adults who have children in the house can easily infect their children through contact. Therefore, the adults with molluscum will have to minimize contact with the children, which can be difficult.
Unfortunately, adults most commonly catch molluscum on their pubic and genital areas. Genital molluscum contagiosum is common in adults because sexual contact is a common form of contact among adults. The molluscum virus gets transmitted through contact, so the pubic area is very exposed to transmission during sex. Men can get molluscum bumps on their penis, and women on their vagina.
The bumps are not limited to the pubic area though and can show up anywhere on the body. They are not as concentrated in adults as they are in children because adults will not scratch them as often. It is more common for adults to have bigger and more widespread bumps.
With adults, it is possible to try treatments that target individual molluscum contagiosum bumps. Such treatments include liquid nitrogen freezing, laser treatment, and cutting and scraping. This makes sense only if there are just a few bumps. These methods do not prevent the spread of the infection and many treatments may be necessary. Plus they may scar. The best treatment that I know of, and the only one that worked for me, is ACVx. It is effective against individual bumps or large infected areas. Another possible treatment is Aldara, but it is very expensive and takes a long time to work. There are other treatments that may be tried out, but most of them are ineffective.
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