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Molluscum contagiosum and wart treatments offered.

What is molluscum contagiosum?


Molluscum contagiosum is a benign skin disease caused by a poxvirus. The virus enters through small breaks in the skin, and molluscum lesions start to appear after a period of incubation. Molluscum contagiosum only affects the skin and does not cause systemic or internal problems. 


How to recognize molluscum contagiosum? Typically, molluscum contagiosum presents as small, shiny, flesh-colored or pink dome-shaped papules with an umbilicated center. Although they start as small papules, they may grow to the size of a pencil eraser. A white core may also be visible. Molluscum can appear anywhere on the body and commonly involves skin folds or areas of close skin-to-skin contact, such as the armpits and the back of the knee. They do not appear on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet. 

 How does it spread? The virus is spread by skin-to-skin contact and contact with items that can carry the virus. For example: • A person with molluscum can spread the virus to other body parts by touching a noninfected area after rubbing or scratching a lesion. • The virus can spread to another person through direct skin-to-skin contact, as with hugging or linking arms. • A person can get molluscum through fomites such as kickboards, towels and clothing. 


OFFICE TREATMENT OPTIONS AT CHAMPS Pediatrics for molluscum and for warts. 

Extraction of the core 

Curettage 

Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen

Note: These are effective destructive measures that are often appropriate for older pediatric patients but may be uncomfortable or painful and hence are not always suitable for younger pediatric patients.

 Cantharidin 

Cantharidin is a chemical compound derived from a blister beetle that induces the formation of a vesicle when applied to the skin. It must be obtained from a compounding pharmacy. This can be an effective and well-tolerated treatment option when used with the appropriate application technique. Note: Because of the unpredictable nature of blister formation, use of this chemical should be restricted to the body, arms and legs and should not be applied to the face


AT-HOME TREATMENT OPTIONS No treatment 

Molluscum will spontaneously resolve with time but may last several months to a couple of years. Treatment recommendations 

 Molluscum contagiosum will eventually resolve without treatment, although this can take several months to a few years. Given that molluscum is a benign skin condition and that it will likely spontaneously resolve, reassurance to the parents and a watchful-waiting approach is reasonable. As some lesions resolve, others may appear. It is also common for molluscum to become irritated with redness, pruritus and swelling. This represents a natural immune reaction against the virus that is seen before spontaneous involution. Treatment can help prevent the spread of the virus to other body parts or people. 



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    "I was so impressed with Dr. Irene Papaconstadopolous. Everything is at her practice is streamlined and organized. Paperwork all sent beforehand in an easy to use digital format. Communication was clear and office easy to access. Went for our 18 month old’s check up and it was the most time I have ever been able to spend with a doctor! She even administered the vaccines. She was thorough, friendly, and creative in approach to making my toddler comfortable and engaged. So happy to have a competent, friendly, organized, and WONDERFUL pediatrician on Maui. Such a blessing. Mahalo!"

    Nicole B. Google reviews March, 2022

    Dr. Irene is the kind of doctor United States badly need more of. I took my child to see her for a hard to troubleshoot chronic issue, and I was very surprised that instead of typical in the US approach of prescribing a medicine to treat the symptom and get you out of the door, she took the time to understand medical history, went over each possibility what could have been causing the issue, and proposed a few possible follow-ups how to zero in to the root cause. Her advice was very helpful and produced positive results. I highly recommend Dr. Irene Papaconstadopoulos.

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    K.F. 2020 via Google reviews

    We love Dr. Irene with CHAMPS Pediatrics! My two daughters have been seeing her since 2018 and we trust her completely. She's extremely warm, understanding and takes her time to explain and answer any questions that you may have as parents. She is extremely fast with the text replies through the online portal (klara) as well, which is great for those forgotten questions in between visits. Dr. Irene is super sweet and efficient and truly cares about your experience and the welfare of your children. HIGHLY recommended!

    J.P 2020 via Google reviews

    "Dr. Irene is the most caring, gentle, genuine Pediatrician. She is so kind and loving with my boys. She makes them feel so comfortable and they are even excited when we have an appt! She was so quick to respond on the Klara App to communicate with me even during a holiday weekend and answer my questions about my son. She takes time to go over everything and answer all my questions and concerns, every time we've met with her. I've never felt rushed. I highly recommend her! She's been so great caring for my family. I feel so blessed to have been referred to her!! Thank you Dr. Irene, for caring for my kids!"

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    "Dr. Irene is amazing! She really listens to you and your concerns, and takes the time to address them. She is so gentle and kind with my kids! She has definitely exceeded our expectations! I’m positive that my kids are having the best care on island. We love her and we are so happy that she joined our Maui community!"  via Google reviews

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