WHO Model Prescribing Information: Drugs Used in Skin Diseases
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Open this folder and view contentsInsect and arachnid bites and stings
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View the documentWarts
View the documentHerpes simplex
View the documentZoster and varicella
View the documentMolluscum contagiosum
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View the documentCutaneous reactions to drugs
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Open this folder and view contentsPhotodermatoses
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View the documentAlopecia areata
View the documentUrticaria
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View the documentAcne vulgaris
View the documentPruritus
View the documentTropical ulcers
Open this folder and view contentsAntimicrobial drugs
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Open this folder and view contentsKeratoplastic and keratolytic agents
Open this folder and view contentsScabicides and pediculicides
Open this folder and view contentsAnti-inflammatory and antipruritic drugs1
Open this folder and view contentsAntiallergics and drugs used in anaphylaxis
Open this folder and view contentsUltraviolet radiation-blocking agents (sunscreens)
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View the documentSelected WHO Publications of Related Interest
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Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral infection of the skin and, occasionally, of the conjunctiva which is spread by close person-to-person contact. It is characterized by the formation of numerous pearly-white, umbilicated papular lesions on the face, trunk and genital area. Children, especially those with eczema, are often infected. Molluscum lesions are also frequently seen among sexually active adults, especially those infected with HIV.

Treatment

A simple therapeutic option is to pierce the molluscum body with a needle and treat the base with silver nitrate or any other mild sclerosing agent. The lesions can also be treated by any local destructive measure such as the use of liquid nitrogen or electrocautery. If possible, patients should be seen at least twice, about 3-4 weeks apart, in order to treat incubating lesions that are too small to see initially.

 

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