Children often experience red rash that resembles a light brown pearl on the skin. The pimples are numerous and often in dome-shaped groups, the body of the child that is often attacked is the chest and back. When squeezed, it often releases a yellowish white, textured liquid like rice. This is a skin disorder in children called Molluscum Contagiosum.
In this article, we will discuss group wart skin diseases or the medical term is Molluscum Contagiosum. What are the signs of a child being attacked by Molluscum Contagiosum and will Molluscum Contagiosum be dangerous? In addition, the causes and prevention methods that must be done so that children avoid the bacteria that cause Molluscum Contagiosum.
What are the signs of a child having Molluscum contagiosum?
Molluscum Contagiosum skin disease is a skin disease that is susceptible to attacking children. As the name suggests contagius or contagious, it is very easy to transmit from sufferers to other children. The cause of group warts is the poxvirus that attacks children aged 2-5 years. Even so, adults can get this disease. These germs will be transmitted when they come into contact with these warts and come into contact with children.
In children who experience skin problems with Molluscum Contagiosum, it is characterized by:
- Warts clustered with brown pearly nodules on the child’s body
- Nodes on the body (generally the chest or back of the child) in groups
- When pressed, the contents will appear that resemble yellowish white rice
- Easily infected if the wound is on the rash and leaves scars.
What are the dangers of children with molluscum contagiosum?
Molluscum contagiosum is a skin rash that commonly occurs in children. Even though the skin rash will go away on its own, if left untreated, it will lead to serious skin disease. Molluscum contagiosum is an infection caused by microorganisms that causes a mild skin rash in children. The rash will appear pink or white bumps or mollusks.
Although it will not make you sick, it will cause itching and irritation to the child who experiences it. Even if this group of warts is scratched or torn it will cause further infection. If it doesn’t heal, it will lead to cases of eczema that develop into wounds and consequently secondary bacterial infection.
In children who experience molluscum contagiosum it will disappear without being infected again, except for reinfected children. Treatment is done by removing the wart clusters although in general it is difficult to see the wart mounds because they appear to disappear, forming autoinoculation mounds. If the mound has been treated, the spread can be reduced so as not to disturb the comfort of the child.
What are the main causes of molluscum contagiosum in children?
The main cause of molluscum contagiosum is a skin virus or sometimes the mucosal lesions that infect the sufferer. The type of molluscum contagiosum that infects humans is the poxvirus. This infection affects children and affects the most common areas of the skin, which are the arms, torso and legs.
The spread of the molluscum contagiosum virus through direct contact or through direct contact with sufferers. Spread can occur from skin to skin, namely through sexual contact or occurs by touching the group’s warts and then touching the skin.
In addition, objects used by children suffering from molluscum contagiosum will easily spread the virus. Some of the objects that will spread are towels that will cause infection in new sufferers. The recovery process for children with this disease is different, some are faster because they use adaptive treatment which takes a long time to 6 months.
How to Prevent and Treat Molluscum Contagiosum?
In children who have a normal immune system, they will recover without special treatment. Even so, if left untreated, it will cause discomfort for years and maybe even a long time if the child’s immune system has a problem. Treatment will depend on the area of the body affected by the clustered warts and also the number of sores.
Although it can heal itself, the medical reasons for being cured are based on, reasons:
- The occurrence of bleeding
- Experiencing secondary infection
- The child experiences discomfort
- Inflicts wounds on children
- The risk of developing inflammation in the eye
Treatment that can be done for children with warts in groups:
- Cryotherapy, this method by killing infected cells by applying air pressure using a spray is a painless procedure. Cell infection will be reduced using this method.
- Rubbing, this is a method that must be done with care. The mound will be rubbed using betadine for 5 minutes, done every day until the wound disappears.
- Using atringents that will destroy the skin layer.
- There is still much that can be done in the treatment of group warts, including using laser therapy, systematic treatment, giving cantharindin and applying duct tape until the bumps harden and heal.
Natural treatments for children are very necessary to prevent skin diseases in children, including:
1. Wash children’s clothes before use
When buying new clothes, try not to use them directly on children but wash them first. Make sure to use an anti-germ detergent so you can avoid germs that stick.
2. Use a soft cloth
When caring for baby skin, try to use baby wipes so they don’t irritate and dry out your child’s skin. You can treat your child’s skin by gently placing the cloth on the skin, not rubbing the skin.
3. Maintain cleanliness
Keeping the hands and feet clean is very necessary. Especially in preschool and school age children who often spend time playing in the environment and socializing with their friends. Washing hands and feet is highly recommended to prevent germs from entering the body.
4. Own Personal Equipment
Make it a habit to have personal equipment such as towels and personal nail clippers. This is to avoid contact from people with skin diseases to healthy children. Having personal equipment will reduce the risk of spreading skin diseases to children.