What is Molluscum Contagiosum?
Molluscum Contagiosum is a commonly found skin infection, especially in children, which looks like small, pearl-shaped, pinkish-white eruptions on the skin. It is a viral infection. Molluscum Contagiosum is caused by a DNA poxvirus called the Molluscum Contagiosum virus. It is also found in adults who are immunodeficient due to some reason. The infection is most commonly found between the age of one to ten years. Molluscum Contagiosum can affect any area on the body but is usually observed on the face, arms and legs.
The virus commonly spreads through skin-to-skin contact. Handling objects that have virus on them, such as towels, can also result in infection. The virus can spread from one part of the body to another or to other people.
What causes Molluscum Contagiosum?
Psoriasis or lichen planus skin conditions involvement
Sharing of personal belongings of affected individuals
Commonly seen in STD cases
Even in cases of immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) with lower CD4.
What are the symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum?
Lesions that are flesh-coloured and dome-shaped appear
Painless but may itch or become irritated
Scratching of bumps leads to infection
Lesions generally last for 6 months
What are the possible complications of Molluscum Contagiosum?
Irritation, Inflammation and secondary infections
Cellulitis is another complication seen in HIV infected individuals
Follicular or papillary Conjunctivitis
What are the preventive measures to stop the spread of Molluscum Contagiosum?
Wash your hands regularly. Keeping your hands clean can stop the spreading of the virus.
Avoid touching the bumps.
Avoid sharing personal items, which includes towels, clothing, hairbrush or other personal items.
Cover the bumps with clothing when around others to prevent direct contact.
Can Homeopathy help in treating Molluscum Contagiosum?
Homeopathic remedies can prove as a safe and effective means to treat Molluscum Contagiosum. It is harmless and has no side-effects. Moreover, it offers treatments that are painless and non-scarring. It can help in improving the immunity levels and as a result the quality of the skin also improves. Homeopathy stimulates the body’s healing power to fight diseases. It helps in treating the cause of the disease rather than suppression.
Dr. Mahavrat’s homeopathic remedies and treatments are effective and safe when it comes to treating Molluscum Contagiosum. You can visit our website and book an appointment today!
What is alternative medicine?
Alternative medicine is a word that explains medical treatments that are used rather than traditional therapies. Certain people refer to it as “complementary or “integrative” medicine. An example of a complementary alternative medicine is using aromatherapy to help reduce a patient’s discomfort following surgery.
Complementary medicine is typically not taught or used in medical schools or hospitals. Complementary medicine includes a vat number of practices and systems of health care that, for a range of social, cultural, scientific, or economic reasons have not been adopted by mainstream medicine. However, it is important to keep in mind that complementary medicine is different from alternative medicine. While complementary medicine is used alongside conventional medicine, alternative medicine is used instead of conventional medicine. An example of an Alternative Medicine is using a special diet to treat cancer rather than undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery that has been suggested by a physician.
Types of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Complementary and Alternative Medicine can be classified into five major categories of practice such as:
- Energy therapies: This includes therapies like magnets, acupuncture, Qi gong and Tai chi, Therapeutic touch and reiki
- Whole medical systems: This may include Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Homeopathy.
- Biologically based practices: This includes diet therapy, natural products and supplements, botanical medicine and chelation therapy.
- Mind-body techniques: The common mind-body techniques are meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques.
- Manipulative and body-based therapies: Manipulative and body-based therapies heal a number of conditions through bodily manipulation. These therapies comprise Chiropractic, Osteopathic manipulation, Cupping, Massage, Moxibustion, Reflexology, Scraping etc.
Benefits of using alternative medicines
There are several benefits that alternative medicines offer, some of which are mentioned below:
Alternative medicine therapies are less costly than conventional medical treatments. Even though some alternative therapies are not inexpensive, many herbal remedies and other natural treatments still charge less than prescription treatments and medications.
Overall Good Health Especially Mental Health
Alternative medicine offers a holistic treatment which means it focuses on healing the body, mind, and spirit. Treatment methods can help a person to reduce stress, relax, and relieve symptoms of anxiety. Other alternative approaches to mental health, such as nutrition and diet, self-help groups, and animal-assisted therapies can also be valuable resources.
Zero Side Effects
Usually the alternative therapies have no side effects, in contrast to the conventional medical treatments. However, based on what medical conditions a person have, even natural remedies and other alternative therapies can at times cause adverse side effects. Therefore, make sure that you talk to your doctor prior to using any types of alternative medicine.