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Anyone had Molluscum??

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 18, 2007
  • 11:19 PM

I was diagnosed with this and am trying to figure out how I got it. I know I did not get it sexually as I have been faithful to my partner for our entire relationship, 8 years. He does not have the condition (I looked all over his body), so I know he did not give it to me. In my reading on the matter, I have found that sexual transmission is almost the only reason that people get it - although there have been others who have gotten it through sharing towels or other ways. I am trying to figure out what those "other ways" are. Any ideas from anyone who has had it??

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  • It nothing really to worry about. I had a doctor diagnose me with the same thing and then another doctor tell me it was nothing at all. From pictures, this virus looks pretty bad. Typically it can be obtained by using public restrooms or by sexual contact. My advice from a bad dermatologist, have whatever it is removed and it should not return. If you wait, your body will build up natural immunity and it will disappear in 3-6 months. My advice is to seek the advice of another doctor for simplier cases.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 1, 2008
    • 03:16 AM
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  • I had molluscum earlier this year. I also did not get it from sexual contact, as my partner at the time showed no signs of it. I am not sure exactly how I contracted it, but I'm guessing through a yoga mat, shared towel or gym shower/locker room scenario. It can also be spread by sharing a razor or through contact with children who have molluscum.I found molluscum to be a very frustrating condition even though everyone deems it as "harmless." The bumps are itchy and red and can reappear in the same spots even after being burned off with liquid nitrogen. I followed some advice I read online to speed up the process of getting rid of molluscum, and it only made things worse. A lot of people recommend using tea tree oil, so I purchase a tea tree oil soap to wash with in the shower and also applied the oil at full strength on the bumps. My skin only became more irritated and I temporarily developed excema on certain spots of my torso. It took about 5-6 months for the condition to finally disappear, and even after my dermatologist said I was completely clear, I was still experiencing weird itchy red bumps that would appear and then spontaneously disappear every once in awhile. It was so frustrating to discover new bumps on my body, and I became extremely paranoid about giving the virus to friends or to my friend's kids through casual contact, as I had this during the summer when lots of skin is exposed (as far as I know, I didn't end up giving it to anyone). Sometime after I was free of molluscum I ended up talking to several parents who said Cantharidine or "blister beetle oil" was the most effective treatment for clearing up their kids Molluscum early on. I would suggest talking to your dermatologist about this treatment first. While the liquid nitrogen effectively cleared my existing bumps, it didn't tackle the virus head-on...and also resulted in some ugly scars that took months to fade. I'd also suggest changing towels and sheets often and avoiding exercise that will make you extremely hot and sweaty as the virus seems to spread more quickly in that type of environment. And definitely don't scratch the bumps and touch other areas of your body. One doctor told me I was fine to continue having sex with my partner so long as the spots were covered with band-aids (I just had spots on my torso and not in the genital area - if you have genital bumps, I'm guessing you'll need to abstain temporarily). Anyway, I went with the band-aid approach and didn't end up spreading it to my partner... so you might try the same thing until you've treated the spots. Good luck, and know that the molluscum WILL go away.
    amandabailey 1 Replies
    • January 5, 2008
    • 04:09 AM
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  • I have molluscum. If what you say is true then probably you got it in a pool or touched someone with molluscum in their skin. I got it that way. Its a very contagious virus but it isnt dangerous really so dont worry about it to much. But if someone gets it by sexual contact, it may be hermes. Hermes hurts. Molluscum itches.
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  • It nothing really to worry about. I had a doctor diagnose me with the same thing and then another doctor tell me it was nothing at all. From pictures, this virus looks pretty bad. Typically it can be obtained by using public restrooms or by sexual contact. My advice from a bad dermatologist, have whatever it is removed and it should not return. If you wait, your body will build up natural immunity and it will disappear in 3-6 months. My advice is to seek the advice of another doctor for simplier cases.Unfortunetly not all of this is correct.As a virus (as molloscum is) though your body can and will fight it, it does not build an immunity to it. You can become re infected and even re-infect yourself. Be careful and wash your hands regularly, use anti-bac gels and do NOT scratch!It can indeed be obtained from public restrooms. And public transport, and gyms/pools, on the street, in shops, just about anywhere another person has been, you can get it (or transmit it). Its not just public restrooms unfortunetly!It can go in 3-6 months- and this would be fantastic if it did! But for most it can take up to a year and some it can take much, much longer (like 5-10 years). There is no real way to predict.Your right it is a virus, and one way to get rid of a virus is to 'up' your immune system, take a multi-vitamin, drink plenty of water, eat plenty of fresh fruit and veg, rest well, get in enough exercise and try to deal with stress appropiatly (stress can inpair our immune systems) but it is very common for warts to return, often to the same space weeks months or even years after you had gotten rid of them, this is because we do not build an immunity to them and they re occur even in the healthiest of people.
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