My daughter is six years old and has been diagnosed with molluscum and advised to undergo cauterisation. Can homeopathy help?

Molluscum contagiosum is a relatively common viral infection of the skin that results in round, firm, painless bumps ranging in size from a pinhead to a pea. If the bumps are scratched or injured, the infection can spread to the surrounding skin. Molluscum contagiosum also spreads through person-to-person contact, and through contact with infected objects. Though it is most common in children, it can affect adults as well – particularly those with weak immune systems.

Signs and symptoms include bumps on the skin that are raised, round and skin-coloured; are small in size and could be one or many; can become red and inflamed; may be itchy; can be easily removed by scratching or rubbing; usually appear on the face, neck, armpits, arms and tops of the hands in children; may be seen on the genitals, lower abdomen and inner upper thighs in adults if the infection was sexually transmitted.

The virus that causes it spreads easily through skin-to-skin contact; contact with contaminated objects such as towels, and scratching or rubbing the bumps, which spreads the virus to nearby skin.

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To help prevent the spread of the virus, individuals should wash their hands as keeping hands clean can prevent spread of the virus. Do avoid touching the bumps, and remember that shaving over the infected areas can spread the virus. Do not share personal items. These include clothing, towels and hairbrushes. Refrain from borrowing these items from others as well. Cover the bumps with clothing when around others, to prevent direct contact, and when swimming, cover the bumps with a watertight bandage.

The conventional treatment is cauterisation which could be painful, and in my experience, the virus mostly re-appears. Homeopathy can treat your child in totality and help build her immune system.

Riyaz Badami is a Dubai-based homoeopathic practitioner and medical director at Good Living Medical Centre. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.