How do medications treat molluscum contagiosum?

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Wart medications can actually help to get rid of the molluscum contagiosum papules. Trichloroacetic acid or cantharidin can be applied to the bumps, too. The chemicals cause the area to blister and leave behind dead skin where the papule was located. Other medicines that may be used are antiviral drugs, vitamin-A derived drugs (retinoids such as trentinoin, commonly used as a prescription acne drug) and imiquimod, a topical drug that increases the immune system's ability to fight the condition.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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