Infectious Corpuscles
How Are Infectious Corpuscles Caused?
Infectious corpuscles is a common viral disease that affects the skin and occasionally the eyes. It may affect individuals of all ages, but primarily affects children aged between one and ten years, sexually active adults and those who for some reason do not have a strong immune system. The infectious term virus belongs to the poxvirus family and is called the Molluscum Contagiosum Virus (MCV), and only colonizes the human. There are 4 types of virus: MCV-1, MCV-2, MCV-3 and MCV-4. The most common is the MCV-1 virus, with MCV-2 being more likely to be detected in adults and being sexually transmitted. When it occurs in children, it is not considered a sexually transmitted disease and is transmitted in close contact with other children, such as, for example, during the game.
How Are Infectious Corpuscles Transmitted?
The virus is transmitted via physical contact, but also through contacting the skin with virus-infected objects such as towels, clothes and linen. It is a very common skin infection in children, and is sexually transmitted disease in adults. Infectious Corpuscles love hot and humid areas, as it can be transmitted from dirty water and from the sand. It occurs more often in children in swimming pools and gyms, but it tends to be worse in children with eczema or dry skin. Also, the virus is transmitted to the same person from one part of the body to another through touch-scratching, a process called self-occlusion. It can start from a pimple and multiplyusually up to 20, even more.

How Do Infectious Corpuscles Appear?
Infectious corpuscles fever appears with small pimples, 1-10 mm in size, which look like bulges. They simulate psoriasis or folliculitis, but they are often slightly larger in size and nearer to the color of the skin, while they carry a dye in their center and contain a keratinized plug inside them. They appear in almost all areas of the body, such as the face, trunk and upper and lower extremities in younger ages, and in adults they appear mainly around the genitals, the inside of the thighs, the anal region, the armpits and in the belly. The lesions are painful but may cause itching or a severe discomfort in cases of infection and inflammation. These pimples usually appear at friction points with clothing such as the throat, the armpit and the trunk, but also the face, hands, legs and genitals. In a very small percentage of cases, eczema may occur around the lesions, and it is likely that they will also present a small bleeding in their center. However, the damage is always limited to the upper layer of the epidermis.

How Are Infectious Corpuscles Diagnosed?
Clinical diagnosis of infectious corpuscles should be performed in principle by a dermatologist in conjunction with laboratory tests. Rarely, a sample of the lesion for biopsy is sent if it is considered necessary by the physician.

Clinical Development of Infectious Corpuscles
In many cases, treatment is not necessary as the disease subsides on its own, as the body begins to develop antibodies to the virus without scarring. The goal of the treatment of infectious corpuscles is to improve the possible symptoms such as pain or itching, as well as to remove the lesions for aesthetic reasons. In the event that the lesions are not treated by treatment, they may increase in size and number, and rarely can occur and automatic disappearance. Unlike other skin viruses that may remain in the patient's latent state and reappear, such as HPV and herpes simplex virus, the infectious thermic virus does not remain in the body as long as the lesions it generates are effectively treated. For these reasons, the need for their final treatment is underlined.

How Are Infectious Corpuscles Treated?
In most cases, treatment against infectious corpuscles is not necessary, as the disease subsides on its own. However, if the spots begin to irritate or make wounds, Dermatology & Cosmetics Lab dermatologists apply one of the following treatments.
  • CO2 Laser: Laser scar removal is the most modern and effective treatment that leads to the complete elimination of existing lesions from infectious corpuscles. The treatment is extremely accurate and targeted. The laser beam is directed perfectly to the damage and destroys it without leaving any scars on the skin. Also the surrounding healthy skin remains intact. The use of the CO2 laser is painless, bloodless and immediately after removal of the laser spots, the patient immediately returns to his activities.
  • Cryotherapy: The spots of infectious limn are cooled with liquid nitrogen at low temperature and destroyed. After the area has defrosted, the dead tissue is detached. However, there is a possibility that a sign remains and the result is not good, so cryotherapy is recommended in cases of very small spots.
  • Electrocautery: It is a method that destroys the stain of infectious corpuscles using electricity. For destruction of the tissue a small probe is used, which is penetrated by electric current. Burning of spots is often an effective method in cases of very small spots because it tends to leave marks.
  • Surgical removal: Larger spots of infectious corpuscles are treated surgically to completely eliminate the lesion. Local anesthesia is required, the incisions are very small and performed in the clinic. It is a simple and painless process.
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