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Molluscum contagiosum or differential (tropical) diagnosis?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 15, 2009
  • 08:33 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 would check for STDs first. MC is very localized virus. It spreads from initial infection to near by areas. Also MC is not a STD. It's a skin viral infection. It can be anywhere. It looks like you have a severe case of infection/reaction. I strongly recommend to see dermatologist. Go right now. don't wait.
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  • I wasn't under the impression that MC is an STD, and i don't think what I have is an STD as face and genitals seem to be only place i do not have these sores.the widespread, as opposed to localized, sores concerns me as well. why is it spreading throughout my entire body even though i am being careful not to transmit it around. thats why i am asking for differential diagnosis, MC has tons of homeopathic remedies, if someone can help me figure out what I have maybe i can find homeopathic remedies that work for my condition as well. obviously if going to a dermatologist was an option, one i have looked in to, i would. but i don't have insurance until Aug 15th and don't have the hundreds of dollars a biopsy will cost me. i'll post some pictures of the sores.Thanks for your reply.
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  • Wait a sec.... I totally forgot.... CHICKEN POX!!!. And anyone at any age can get it. And get it more then once.MC and Chicken pox is the same family virus. Outbreak looks very same. But the difference that MC is very conservative virus and spreads not far from the point of infection. Chicken pox is airborne and spreads trough entire body excluding genital region. I'm very sure that you got Chicken pox.
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  • here are some pictures:right leghttp://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l81/mpagri/Randomlinks/IMG_1525.jpgleft leghttp://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l81/mpagri/Randomlinks/IMG_1518.jpgright foothttp://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l81/mpagri/Randomlinks/IMG_1528.jpgelbowhttp://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l81/mpagri/Randomlinks/IMG_1519.jpg
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  • Oh no it's not MC for sure. It's some kinda bacterial infection.
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  • here are some pictures:right leghttp://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l81/mpagri/Randomlinks/IMG_1525.jpgleft leghttp://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l81/mpagri/Randomlinks/IMG_1518.jpgright foothttp://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l81/mpagri/Randomlinks/IMG_1528.jpgelbowhttp://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l81/mpagri/Randomlinks/IMG_1519.jpgHave you had any luck in finding out what this is? Treatments?
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    • August 20, 2009
    • 03:36 PM
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