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Health-Conscious Series # 11 - How to get rid of Molluscum contagiosum

Updated on March 23, 2013

The verdict: "Remove or cauterize it," my doctor said.

Molluscum contagiosum or wart-like papules or nodules on my face hindered the total approval of my medical examination that is a pre-requisite to work overseas.

This hubber is an OFW (Overseas-Filipino Worker) since 2001. I got those painless problems on my face through the old towels or infected beddings that the senior officers gave and assigned to me.

At first, the other out-patient clinics let me passed the medical exam until this year, 2012.

And it happened that the occurrence of this painless visible dots are now occupying most parts of my face.

So, the medical outpatient clinic recommended me to one of the most available dermatologist in town.

After a mild argument with my physician who strictly directed me to undergo cauterization, off I went last week.

After the procedure from the most affordable dermatologist and his aesthetician (the one who cauterized my molluscum contagiosum or mc for short), you can see the transformation of my face as the procedure dominated red-bloody dots on my face.

I went home via LRT (Light Rain Transit) ride amid the curious glances of fellow passengers. All the speculations precipitated as I tried ignoring their negative thoughts.

Beauty these days will always be excruciatingly painful as I revive my once-flawless face (all pimple marks are not visible-lol!).

Anyway, on a lighter note, I limited my activities by just staying at home for the last three days.

As instructed, I applied the hydrocortizone cream on each wound. Still, I slept peacefully, ignoring the tingling pain on my face.

I still have to apply the bleaching cream after a week or as those little wounds healed thoroughly and submit myself again for the final verdict of the medical institution the company obliged me to undergo the medical examination.

(With personal opinion and writings from travel_man1971 aka Ireno A. Alcala, July 09, 2012)

The 'cauterized' Travel Man

1. First, the aesthetician (name withheld), put anesthesia on each nodule. It will aid in lessening the pain during the operation.
1. First, the aesthetician (name withheld), put anesthesia on each nodule. It will aid in lessening the pain during the operation.
2. Getting ready to be cauterized.
2. Getting ready to be cauterized.
3. It's operation time! She now aims that electric needle on my face.
3. It's operation time! She now aims that electric needle on my face.
4. Whoah...what happened to me. I'm all pain on my face (huhuhu!) (crying inside).
4. Whoah...what happened to me. I'm all pain on my face (huhuhu!) (crying inside).
5. She applied the hydrocortizone cream on my face. I had to rest for awhile in order for the tingling pain to subside.
5. She applied the hydrocortizone cream on my face. I had to rest for awhile in order for the tingling pain to subside.
6. I listened to her advise, never wash my face with water for the first three days. Only isopropyl alcohol and the
6. I listened to her advise, never wash my face with water for the first three days. Only isopropyl alcohol and the
7. Will it ever return to my Molluscum contagiosum-free years?
7. Will it ever return to my Molluscum contagiosum-free years?

Treatment for Molluscum Contagiusum

How to avoid it: Molluscum contagiosum

Most of the seafarers and other OFWs are inflicted with this kind of infection from poxvirus family.

In order to avoid it:

  1. Bring your own face and bath towels on board ship.
  2. Avoid borrowing other things, like caps, personal toiletries or used soaps, pillow cases or pillows or bed sheets and blankets.
  3. Don't buy secondhand clothing. You might get infection from it.

If it's a sexually-related, avoid making contacts with other, through their towels, clothing or toys or even laptop computer.

For my part, it's not sexually-related. Thanks, God!

My resolution, as I work on board, is to bring my personal things and never borrow those used towels, bed sheets or pillow cases from ship's linen room.

And avoid hanging out with infected ones, as much as possible; I hope it will delay the recurrence of Molluscum contagiosum on my face.

I will never let it spread on my neck, arms or other parts of my body, except my palms and soles, as visible symptoms appear.

If you noticed that there's those painless papules already growing in some parts of your body, immediately consult a dermatologist for proper treatment.

Note: My personal thanks to my relatives who helped me paid for my medication. Well, my budget is so tight, nowadays. I can't bear to lose my job just because of this virus.

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      BeansMom 

      3 years ago

      Hi - I was wondering if these scarred? My daughter has molluscum on her legs, one of her forearms and a couple on her chest.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @jess: From where are you, bro? I cannot divulge the name of the clinic, but it's located at Onyx Street, San Andres Bukid, Makati. Just inquire about it or if you can provide an e-mail address, I will send to you the information.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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      jess 

      5 years ago

      bro, how much did u pay for cauterization and meds? what is the name of the clinic?

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @viveresperando: I'm okay now. The recurring stage will have to be inspected later. The findings of the first doctor was not accurate; I got a second opinion from a dermatologist. It's not the dreaded warts, whatsoever. :(

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      viveresperando 

      5 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      I am sorry this happened to you. I hope it is all taken care of.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @earthbound: Scary is the right word. The smell of burnt flesh was imminent. And the blood oozing from each wound; it lasted for half hour getting rid of those prominent nodules.

      Yes, I've heard about cashew seeds wherein its extracts serve as cauterizing agent (officially patented by a Filipino dermatologist). I hope to avail of that one if my skin problem recur.

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      earthbound1974 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      It looks scary to me. Whew!

      I've heard that there's a more subtle operation for that facial eruptions.

      A certain Filipino doctor is now offering an alternative using the extract from the kasuy seeds or cashew as a cauterizing agent.

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