How is potassium hydroxide used to treat molluscum contagiosum?

Updated: Aug 09, 2018
  • Author: Ashish C Bhatia, MD, FAAD, FACMS; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Potassium hydroxide is a strong alkali that has long been known to digest proteins, lipids, and most other epithelial debris of skin scrapings to identify fungal infections. Topical 10% potassium hydroxide aqueous solution applied twice daily on each molluscum contagiosum lesion until all lesions undergo inflammation and superficial ulceration may be effective in clearing molluscum contagiosum in children.


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