Molluscum contagiosum - when the body emits white flag

December 21, 2008

  • Molluscum contagiosum - when the body emits white flag
  • Molluscum contagiosum - a viral disease

 Molluscum contagiosum
   Molluscum contagiosum is not a dangerous disease without any treatment usually takes 12-18 months. This disease is very contagious, but most people have no immunity Immunity - types and characteristics in children in adults  Immunity - types and characteristics in children in adults
   to him. As a rule, the disease occurs without pain, sometimes there is itching; the main cause of discomfort - the appearance of a person infected with molluscum contagiosum: its symptoms negatively affect the appearance.

 Molluscum contagiosum - when the body emits white flag

Risk Groups

The most susceptible molluscum contagiosum:

  • Children aged 1 to 5 years
  • People who have many sexual partners
  • People with weakened immune systems The immune system - how it works?  The immune system - how it works?
   - For example, people living with HIV HIV - can be slow, can not be stopped  HIV - can be slow, can not be stopped
   or patients who have undergone chemotherapy

 Molluscum contagiosum - when the body emits white flag

How is infection with molluscum contagiosum

The infection can be transmitted by direct contact with infected skin, as well as indirect contact - for example, if a person touches the same objects that relate to the infected. Children often become infected by physical contact with other children, adults - at the time of sexual intercourse.

The prognosis for infected children is very good, because the disease usually occurs in a mild form, and gradually passes even without treatment. In adults, molluscum contagiosum runs just as well, but they often choose to treat it for cosmetic reasons.

 Molluscum contagiosum - when the body emits white flag

Symptoms of molluscum contagiosum

The most common symptom of molluscum contagiosum - the appearance of small nodules on the skin. Most of them are firm to the touch, convex and painless. Nodules appear in small groups or extend to all parts of the body. Their diameter is typically from 2 to 6 mm. In the center of some of the nodules have a little bulge grayish color. When pressed and break the knot comes out of it a thick yellow-white substance. This substance is very infective and can cause infection as the other person, and spread the rash to other areas of the skin. In children, the highest number of nodules in the Molluscum contagiosum appears on the hands, face, neck, chest and abdomen. In sexually active adults - in the groin and lower abdomen, on the genitals and the inside of the thighs. Very rarely in both children and adults the rash appears on the inner sides of the palms, the soles of the feet, around the eyes and mouth.

We generally healthy body there is usually no more than twenty knots. People with suppressed immune system they can be much more.

About 6-12 weeks after the appearance of nodules are covered by a crust and disappear after a while, usually, leaving no scar. However, if you look closely, most people can notice a little bit lighter areas of the skin where there were nodules. Meanwhile, in other areas of the skin, new nodules, and so it can take up to 18 months until the disease does not recede. Some patients fully recover within six months after the first symptoms.

One out of ten patients with molluscum contagiosum, symptoms of eczema Eczema - is difficult to treat  Eczema - is difficult to treat
   - Reddened areas, very dry and itchy skin. It is believed that eczema occurs in people particularly sensitive to the virus, the causative agent of molluscum contagiosum.

 Molluscum contagiosum - when the body emits white flag


As already mentioned, to treat molluscum contagiosum is not necessary, but it requires a lot of adults to avoid associated with symptoms of psychological discomfort. The nodules may be treated with cryotherapy - they are frozen in liquid nitrogen or nitrous oxide. During this procedure, the bacteria that caused the infection die, so recovery is faster. Furthermore, for the treatment of molluscum contagiosum be applied astringenty - astringents and benzoyl peroxide.

Pubic lice - parasites who drink our blood

August 13, 2009

  • Pubic lice - parasites who drink our blood
  • How is pediculosis

 Pubic lice
   Pubic lice - are small blood-sucking insects. They often settle in the pubic hair, but may live in the eyebrows and eyelashes, hair on the abdomen or back, as well as beard and mustache. Adult pubic lice reach 2 mm in length and have a gray-brown color. Infection with pubic lice is through close contact with an already infected person, usually during sexual intercourse. Not yet enough data to claim that they can be transmitted through bed linens, towels or clothes, although some experts believe that it is quite possible.

Pubic lice are found only in people who do not live on other animals. Infection is possible at any age, but most often pubic lice occur in young people.

 Pubic lice - parasites who drink our blood


Generally, the prognosis for the disease is favorable. They effectively manage insecticides, which are sold without a prescription in most pharmacies. If the infection pubic lice occurred during sexual intercourse, it is strongly recommended to inform your sexual partner (or partners), since they too may need treatment.

 Pubic lice - parasites who drink our blood


The incubation period for infection of pubic lice can last from one to three weeks.

  • Itching

Itchy skin and red spots on the skin - this is the most common symptoms of pubic lice. The itching is caused by lice bites are not, and allergic reaction Allergic reactions: how to understand why you tickle in the throat  Allergic reactions: how to understand why you tickle in the throat
   their saliva or feces.

Usually at night the person feels most strongly itching.

  • Live pubic lice and their eggs

Adult pubic lice - a six-legged insects a length of about 2 mm (smaller than a match head), grayish-brown color. Two pairs of hind legs much more than others, and resemble the claws of a crab. These legs pubic lice cling to the hair. The eggs of pubic lice are small, oval, yellowish-white, tightly fastened to the base of the hair.

As an adult pubic lice and their eggs can be found wherever a person grows coarse hair - in the groin and the anus, armpits, chest and so on.

 Pubic lice - parasites who drink our blood

Other symptoms

You may also notice the following symptoms of pubic lice infestation:

  • Dark brown or black powder in small quantities in the skin or underwear (this litter pubic lice);
  • Blue spots on the skin in the places where they live pubic lice;
  • Empty egg pubic lice in their hair.

 Pubic lice - parasites who drink our blood


Pubic lice are transmitted only through close physical contact with an infected person - they crawl from the hair of one person to the hair of another, but can not fly, jump or swim.

Condoms and any other forms of contraception can not protect against the pubic lice.

 Pubic lice - parasites who drink our blood

The life cycle of pubic lice

Pubic lice live for one to three months. During this time, the female can lay up to 300 eggs. After 6-10 days the eggs come young pubic lice that after two or three weeks are mature enough to begin producing offspring.

Outside the host body pubic lice can survive up to 24 hours. Since human blood they need to survive, they rarely leave the body of the host, unless you are moving to another person.

 Pubic lice - parasites who drink our blood


Pubic lice can be treated separately using insecticide lotions or ointments that are sold in pharmacies without a prescription. Consultation is required in the treatment of pubic lice have small children under the age of six months, adolescents under 18 years of age and in pregnant and lactating women.

 Pubic lice - parasites who drink our blood


The two most commonly used anti-pubic lice:

  • Malathion 0, 5% aqueous cream - fits all infected by the age of six months.
  • Permethrin 5%. Not suitable for patients who are under 18 years old and pregnant and lactating women.