Aa
A
A
A
Close
STDs / STIs Community
39k Members
Avatar universal

Molluscum Treatment

Hello,

I have been diagnosed with molluscum and am going in for treatment this week.  I have a large amount of very small bumps, roughly the size of the head of a ballpoint pen.  I believe that I contracted it from a girl I have been seeing recently, but she does not have any clear signs of it.  Otherwise, I am not aware how I could have contracted it.  Oh well, I am receiving treatment this week and the Doctor has recommended electrocautery.  I am wondering if you  have any thoughts about this treatment vis-a-vis other treatments.  My bumps are so small I was wondering if Imiquimod might be a better option.

Thank you
2 Responses
Avatar universal
Imiquimod is a good option, but it has different side effects.   It usually results in some pretty bad redness/peeling of the genital skin.  The upside is, it usually doesn't scar.  But you do have to apply it more than once, and often the electrocautery will work in one go.

So it's really up to you.  If it were me, I'd probably try the Imiquimod first.
Avatar universal
thanks for the advice.  i will talk to my dermatologist, but I will probably recommend a blended approach, although I will obviously defer to his judgment.  Thanks.
Have an Answer?
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Here are 16 facts you need to know to protect yourself from contracting or spreading a sexually transmitted disease.
How do you keep things safer between the sheets? We explore your options.
Can HIV be transmitted through this sexual activity? Dr. Jose Gonzalez-Garcia answers this commonly-asked question.
A breakthrough study discovers how to reduce risk of HIV transmission by 95 percent.
Dr. Jose Gonzalez-Garcia provides insight to the most commonly asked question about the transfer of HIV between partners.
The warning signs of HIV may not be what you think. Our HIV and STD expert Sean Cummings reports in-depth on the HIV "Triad" and other early symptoms of this disease.