Well you raise a very good question. I currently have it, have for a year & a half now. It started with a bump on my nose & a cheesy core the maybe six months later fell out ( I actually went through my photos to see when the bump actually formed). About a month later I had the outbreak of molluscum & found out what it was by a doctor (I would like to mention also another doctor who I had seen was familliar with the roots & had full knowledge of the issue & recognised what I was refering to. She asked me if I still had the bumps which I said yes some, her response was well it may be a while then for the roots). I will say this, I had them on my tongue & even in my nose, even in my scalp, I still get them out of my nose but it is lessoning & my eardrum even burst as a result of having them there. I had them treated about 30 of them in the begining (I got tested for HIV twice because I had them everywhere & my derm was like, this normally does not happen, I am fine & don't have to worry about that). There are different strains of molluscum & I believe much about this condition is unkown (especially since it cures it's self & pharma companies don't see money in it). I have white fibers, have had thousands of them & some of them develope or are textbook molluscum (have a bump). Most of what I have are the I refer to them as roots, & they seem to just keep reforming, thankfully it is slowly going away. My derm thinks I am nuts, he says & shows me the textbook molluscum. I believe they are not fully developed molluscum (they are present & act at the site of the molluscum & have read many doctors are unaware & can't recognise these as such). I was told I was fine 8 months ago as well as today, told basiclly I was nuts). The area during clearing was often red sometimes even weeped pus when my body was really atacking them. They are clearing slowly, I can wipe with a wet papertowel & slide them out. I believe I contracted it from a woman whome was on anti rejection medicine for an organ transplant. I was told by the derm once I was over it I would have life long immunity from this although rarely in some cases people have gotten it back. Doing my reading on the internet, well it doesn't say that, it actually says the opposite. From what I have read the severity in cases is very wide. My case was pretty bad. I believe if you had it & it wasn't severe, for what ever reason, maybe you were a poor host & you did not develope much, your body may not have faught it off & figured out what protien or what not to actually kill it. My body has had a terrible time & has had to learn how to fend it off & recognise it. I asked about the same thing how will I know it's all gone when I got that response. I found that with a wash cloth that's basically shot (you can see through, just string), you can drag or scrape these things out of your skin if you have them. Being wet in a long shower will aid in this process & not using soap on the rag intensifies the effect. White cores often hard, will come out, often they can be squeezed out like a pimple. The only thing topical that is effective is tea tree oil, sometimes I mix it with vasaline, some areas I use it straight. Care must be take when using the tea tree oil since some people have a severe reaction. It is an antiseptic & does help kill them (it varies in effectiveness, even for me as this condition does constantly change, it shifts around etc.) One thing I would also like to mention, the tea tree would cause my body to react & reject the molluscum at times, sometimes it was a very strong reaction clearing large areas. I have found Tagamet is helpful. I have gone on & off of it a number of times & I have no doubt it does seem to help but it's not a magic bullet. I have tried a lot of stuff & those are about the only things that work & they help but that's about it. One other thing, since I am almost at the end of this I have found hydrogen peroxide does assist it loosening & drying up the roots. I wipe it on with a paper towel. Again care must be taken, hydrogen peroxide does actually eat flesh to some degree so you can't go crazy with it. The last thing I will mention, the dermatologist told me to put super glue on them. A tiny spot on the center starves them for oxegen & often the root will die, sometimes it even turns blue. Eventually I had to give that up because I became allergic to the glue (I did use the allegic reaction at times to clear areas of the molluscum but it was somewhat unpleasant, itchy & it was very visible so I was carefull about using that way, later on). The lady I was refrring to also had not signs. So I question after it appears to be gone when it is wil,l I have the potential to pass this on? I don't believe everyone has the root issue like I do, I even had folliculitus as a secondary infection from this which 6 weeks of antibiotics finally took care of. Even the so called experts seem to be some what in the dark about all the facts. Most disorders like this in my opinoin there is less known than unknown. I do not have medical training & as such want to say what I state here are my opinions & experiences, before trying anything ask your doctor & do your research!
I have a very similar story but different in ways that may have completely different answers. It goes like this:
I recently rekindled a relationship with my boyfriend from 2.5 years ago. Tonight he told me that he is experiencing the same symptoms that he did right after we had broken up (which he had never told me about until now). We had previously dated for about a year and the entire time neither of us had ever experienced this "molluscum." He told me that just after we broke up he had these symptoms and the doctor told him it was molluscum and they were "burnt" off and he has not seen them since (2.5 yrs). I have NEVER experienced these symptoms and neither have any of the people I have had relationships with before or after this earlier relationship. We restarted our relationship about a month ago and the first few times we had sex there were no signs, but this past weekend we slept together and the next day he says the same bumps appeared, so he is very sure it is coming from me. He has had 4 short term partners since our last relationship and i have had the same, but none of mine experienced this and he didnt get it after any of his other partners. So now we are both under the impression that I may be a carrier with a good immune system and he may have a weaker than normal one. Does anyone have any insight on this? Sadly, he is so uncomfortable with this molluscum that he says if it is coming from me that he may not be able continue our relationship.
Is there any way to really know what is going on?
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