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Molluscum contagiosum infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I need information on Molluscum contagiosum.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi there.
User :   I have researched this quite extensively online. My main question is can this disease ever be a permanent life long disease that flows in the bloodstream?
User :   Everywhere I have looked says its not, however my friend was told by her doctor after a biopsy that it is in the blood.
Doctor :   The illness usually clear up.
Doctor :   Previous researches has showed that the virus do not remain in the body after clearing of the symptoms.
User :   Thats what I had found online. Why would this doctor be under the impression that it is in her blood?
Doctor :   I haven't seen any patients with residual infections in the blood once the infection has been cleared.
Doctor :   Having said, this I do not know the reason why the previous doctor said that.
User :   Right.
User :   She had them frozen off and apparently thats what she was told.
User :   I just dont beleive it and wanted to get a second opinion
User :   I researched it for hours and found nothing saying it runs in blood.
Doctor :   The infection remains in the active lesion.
Doctor :   It spreads to other regions or to another person, when there is a physical contact with the active lesion.
Doctor :   Hence, once the active lesion is treated, the virus disappears from the body.
User :   right, so if there are no symptoms that can be seen there would be no way I or anyone else could catch it through intercourse right?
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   If there isn't an active lesion, infection doesn't remain in the body and neither does it get transmitted to others.
Doctor :   Infection is contagious as long as one has an active lesion.
User :   fantastic! Just as I thought!
User :   I dont know where her doctor gets this information that says the opposite
Doctor :   I haven't seen any one with cured lesion transmitting the infection to another person.
User :   And have you ever seen it come back after the active lesion is gone?
Doctor :   As long as you one doesn't get exposed to another infected person, or an contaminated towel/clothers or contaminated water,
User :   ok
Doctor :   there is very unlikely that one can get infected again.
User :   Same things I've read about over and over again. I think i need to speak to her doctor and see where she is coming from with the information.
User :   Thank you so much for your help!
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   No, that is it.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
User :   Have a good night Doctor.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
Doctor :   Same to you.
User :   goodbye
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