Cryotherapy involves killing infected cells by "freezing" them with a pressurized liquid spray, usually liquid nitrogen.  It must be performed by a health professional such as a medical doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.  Application of liquid nitrogen may cause burning or stinging at the treated site, which may persist for a few minutes after the treatment. The procedure is relatively painless to an adult but can be very painful to children.  With liquid nitrogen, a blister may form at the treatment site, but it will slough off in two to four weeks.  Scarring or loss of color can occur. The scars may fade but the time will vary, it may take a few weeks, months, even years or never.


Pros:

Kills treated Molluscum Contagiosum Lesions.


Cons:

Painful

Does not allow for treating skin surrounding lesions so virus can survive and spread. May be difficult to treat all lesions due to pain

Scars and/or depigmented skin can occur.


Curettage

Cantharidin

Cantharidin is a chemical found naturally in many members of the beetle family Meloidae which causes dermal blistering. Not FDA approved due to the Medical Risks.  It is not a the best method for treatment since it is not recommended to use on children.  This treatment does not allow for the treatment of all lesions.  It is not painful on application but will result in a blister which may or may not be painful. It is not recommended to be used near the eyes or in uncooperative children, as the chemical is caustic if scratched and rubbed on the eyes. Usually applied with a wooden applicator like the sharp end of a wooden Qtip. Some advocate leaving it on unoccluded. Some advocate covering it with tape for 1 to 8 hours.


Due to potential adverse effects it is included on a list of "problem drugs" used by dermatologists.


Pros:

Kills treated Molluscum Contagiousum Lesions.


Cons:

Banned by the FDA in the United States.

Exists on list of “Problem Drugs” used by Dermatologist.

Does not allow for treating skin surrounding lesions so virus can survive and spread.

Cryotherapy

Another essential oil, tea tree oil is reported to at least reduce growth and spread of lesions when used in dilute form. Tea tree oil may cause contact dermatitis to those with sensitive skin, although less often in dilute form.


Pros:

Kills treated Molluscum Contagiousum Lesions.


Cons:

Strong Smell.

May dry out and irritate skin.  Not recommended to used full strength on children or pregnant women.

Does not allow for treating skin surrounding lesions so virus can survive and spread.

Surgical treatments also include scraping lesions off with a curette.  Anesthetic may be used to help with the pain.


Curette scraping are not painless procedures. They may also leave scars and/or permanent white (depigmented) marks.


Pros:

Kills Lesion by removing it.


Cons:

Painful

Does not treat area surrounding lesions so virus can survive and spread.

Scars and/or depigmented skin can occur.

Aldara (imiquimod) Cream

Liquid treatment of lesions.  Will kill lesion when applied.  This product will work but it cannot control the reproduction of Molluscum Contagiosum lesions.  It is critical that the liquid is only applied to the lesion and no surrounding skin.


Pros:

Kills treated Molluscum Contagiousum Lesions.

Painlessly improves appearance of skin.

Money Back Guarantee.


Cons:

Does not treat area surrounding lesions so virus can survive and spread.

Strong smell.

Not recommended for eczema or psoriasis.

Not able to use if pregnant or nursing.

Imiquimod is a form of immunotherapy.  Immunotherapy triggers your immune system to fight the virus causing the skin growth.


Most common adverse reactions (incidence >28%) are application site reactions or local skin reactions: itching, burning, erythema, flaking/scaling/dryness, scabbing/crusting, edema, induration, excoriation, erosion, ulceration. Other reported reactions (> 1%) include fatigue, fever, and headache


Pros:

No limitation on areas that may be treated by this system.


Cons:

This is not an FDA-approved treatment for Molluscum Contagiosum.

No proven success in treating Molluscum Contagiosum.

No recommended for children under 12 years of age.

May cause adverse reactions.

SilverCure Treatment System

This system has a complete solution for treating Molluscum Contagiosum.  There are the following components of this treatment system:


SilverCure Electronic Healing Pen - The Healing Pen uses the modality of iontophoresis to immediately drive micronized amorphous silver ions through the skin directly into the lesion. The treatment is painless, but may produce a slight tingling sensation when used on mature or open lesions. The electrode that touches the skin is 99.9% pure silver.


SilverCure - This liquid bandage contains electrically charged micronized, anti-microbial silver ions which is useful to seal off open lesions of Molluscum Contagiosum and large red angry mature lesions that appear to be on the verge of opening, cuts, pimples, Poison Ivy and Oak, mosquito bites, bee stings, etc. to protect from secondary, opportunistic bacterial infections.


SilverCure Ointment - Electrically charged micronized, anti-microbial silver based ointment that incorporates the antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties of tiny particles of electrically charged silver (micronized amorphos silver ions) and tea tree oil in a base of petroleum jelly.



Pros:

Kills treated Molluscum Contagiousum Lesions.

Helps to prevent additional lesions on healthy skin surrounding existing lesions.

No limitation on areas that may be treated by this system.

Painlessly improves appearance of skin.

Money Back Guarantee.


Cons:

May have reaction to Tea Tree Oil or Petroleum Jelly.

May have slight tingling sensation when using healing pen on mature or open lesions.

Molluscum No More is an all natural Certified Organic treatment proven to quickly and safely eliminate molluscum contagiosum, regardless of location on the body, without scarring or surgery. Results guaranteed. The scars may fade but the time will vary, it may take a few weeks, months, even years or never.


Pros:

Kills treated Molluscum Contagiosum Lesions.

Results Guaranteed.


Cons:

May not be effective on larger lesions.

May not allow for treating skin surrounding lesions so virus can survive and spread.

May cause dry skin and eczema.