For people with normal immune system, molluscum contagiosum resolves without treatment within six to 12 months, though it can sometimes take years to disappear completely. It may take longer for the condition to disappear in children whose immune systems aren’t fully developed and in adults with compromised immune systems.
Molloscum contagiosum spreads easily, especially for adults. Doctors often recommend medical treatment includes:
* Scraping (currettage)
* Freezing (cryotherapy)
* Laser therapy
Those treatments can be painful, so a topical anaestehetic can be prescribed before these procedures to lessen discomfort.
The disorder may be progressive and more extensive for people with certain skin disorders, such as atopic eczema, or for those with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV or AIDS. People with weakened immune systems should seek professional treatment for molluscum contagiosum.