"This is a very important point to deliver to parents before you start trying to do a lot of therapy." Common treatment options are cryotherapy and cantharadin
destruction, curettage, treatment with topical imiquimod or retinoids, oral cimetidine, and injections of Candida antigen.
The body fluids of blister beetles contain the terpene, cantharadin
, a substance that often causes blisters when applied to the skin, and can cause illness and even death in livestock when adult beetles are consumed.
Treatment Options for Molluscum Contagiosum * Watchful waiting * Curettage (1,15) * Cryotherapy (16,17) * Cantharadin
(18) * Imiquimod 5% cream (19-21) * Tretinoin cream (1,22) * Pulsed dye laser (23,24) * Salicylic acid gel, 12% (25) * Cimetidine (26,27) * Combination therapy: cantharidin + imiquimod (28)