Mollusc warts are caused by viruses. They are especially common in children - but adults can also become infected. The warts should by no means be expressed as otherwise the infection may spread. For treatment, it is best to contact your GP, he can remove the dandruff properly. If you want to treat the wart first, a homeopathic therapy with thuja globules or tea tree oil is recommended.
Viruses as trigger for mollusc warts
Molluscum warts are caused by the so-called Molluscum contagiosum viruses. The viruses belong to the poxvirus family but are completely harmless. Most other warts, such as plantar warts, are caused in contrast by human papillomaviruses.
The viruses penetrate into the cells of the uppermost skin layer and multiply there. This enlarges the cells and the wart develops. The viruses are particularly easy to penetrate the skin when it is softened. That is why they are particularly easy to spread in places like swimming pools or saunas. In addition, the viruses but also in people with atopic dermatitis easy game, since their barrier function of the skin is reduced.
Mollusc warts are extremely contagious: they can be transmitted through direct skin contact and sexual intercourse, as well as through a smear infection. In the latter case, the viruses spread over shared items such as towels. Through minor skin injuries or porous skin, you can then penetrate the body.
How long it takes for an infection to make the warts noticeable is very different. The incubation period can range from a few days to a few months.
Typical appearance of mollusc warts
Mollusc warts have a typical appearance that clearly distinguishes them from other warts such as plantar warts or genital warts. They are whitish-yellow nodules with a small dent in the middle - hence their name. The surface of the wart is usually smooth.
If you press on the wart, a mushy mass emerges. However, one should avoid expressing mollusc warts. As a result, the viruses can namely be further distributed and it may form in the environment more warts. Because of this, mollusc warts often appear in groups or lines.
Children are particularly affected
Mollusc warts are particularly common in children and adolescents. One of the reasons for this is that the immune system has yet to learn to defend itself against the attacks of the viruses. However, adults can also develop mollusc warts. This is especially common if their immune defense is weakened by medication or HIV infection.
Mollusc warts can occur anywhere on the body. In children, they often affect the face, neck, arms and hands. In adults, on the other hand, the abdomen and the genital area are more frequently affected. Some sufferers experience itching together with the warts.
Treat and remove mollusc warts
Mollusc warts often recover after a few months. But sometimes it can take years for the warts to disappear. In addition, it is also possible that they will appear again after a break.
Although mollusc warts can easily be self-diagnosed because of their characteristic appearance, you should always consult a dermatologist as a precaution. He can confirm the diagnosis and give you tips on treatment.
Mollusc warts can be removed by the dermatologist with the help of a sharp spoon (curettage). Alternatively, he can express them with tweezers. Subsequently, the wart must be carefully disinfected to prevent spread of the virus. In addition, the mollusc warts can also be iced, lasered or dabbed with a caustic soda until the wart inflames and then heals.
Treatment with homeopathic remedies
If you are affected by mollusc warts, you can also try treating them with homeopathic remedies. Recommended are the following homeopathic medicines:
- Thuja globules
- Thuja tincture
- Tea tree oil
Prevent mollusc warts
An infection with mollusc warts can not always be prevented. Be sure to thoroughly dry your feet in the pool after bathing. If you are in contact with a person infected with mollusc warts, you should also consider the following behavioral measures:
- Do not touch the warts with your finger
- Do not use common towels, washcloths or similar
People with atopic dermatitis should regularly moisturize their skin with fatty lotions. This stabilizes the skin barrier and reduces the risk of infection.