How is molluscum contagiosum in HIV infection treated?

Updated: Jun 12, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Copeland, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Molluscum contagiosum lesions of the skin can be treated with incision (with or without curettage), cryotherapy, or various topical agents, including phenol and trichloroacetic acid. Surgical treatment, although useful for individual lesions, may be inappropriate for patients with multiple lesions of the eyelids. Reconstitution of immune function with HAART can result in resolution of molluscum contagiosum without therapy directed toward the virus, but clearing of cutaneous lesions can take 5-6 months after the initiation of therapy.


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