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Molluscum contagiosum or differential (tropical) diagnosis?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 15, 2009
  • 08:19 PM

I have what started out as a small poison ivy looking rash and a few mosquito bite looking things on my left leg that have now spread into large and small sores all over my body. The initial rashes sat dormant for about a month before they started swelling up and then started to spread. Both legs, theighs, elbows and arms first then feet, chest and neck too now. Nothing on genitals or face yet. I spent the last 4 months in costa rica and noticed the rash first there.

The sores don't look exactly like MCV but can not find anything else it could be either. the sores aren't quite as perfectly rounded or domed. they are more like open sores - i think i scratch a lot though - than closed domes. they excrete a clear yellow fluid which hardens and closes the sore. no white "core" comes out.

can MCV be contracted on the leg in adults or is it generally only congenital? can anyone think of a (tropical) differential diagnosis?

treatment so far has been, cephalahexin-no effect, and freezing-had a small effect but did not completely remove the frozen sores.

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  • I have had the most difficult time with MCV on my right thigh-- so YES they most DEFINITELY can grow on the leg. However, I am skeptical that they can grow on certain areas of the leg like the ankle. Basically, from what I've read and/or experienced, they only grow where the tissue is soft and not "taught" -- so molloscum would have a hard time growing near the ankle, or hands, for example. From what I understand and have experienced, MCV should not be itchy or painful.
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