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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-51

Molluscum contagiosum: A novel Ayurvedic approach

1 Department of Agada Tantra, SJG Ayurveda Medical College, Koppal, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Agada Tantra, KLEU Shri BMK Ayurved Mahavidhyalaya, Belgaum, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Shivanand B Kalasannavar
M.D.(Ayu), Department of Agada Tantra, SJG Ayurveda Medical College, Koppal, Karnataka
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Source of Support: KLE Ayurveda Hospital Belgaum, Karnataka, India., Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0257-7941.134606

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Three cases of molluscum contagiosum (MC) approached our outpatient Department of Dermatology complaining of umbilicated, skin-colored, firm, painless papules over the neck and face. All of them were immune competent. The medical, social, and family history was insignificant. The lesions were, numerous and recurrent. However, MC in healthy people is a self-limiting disease, but it will take about 18 months to resolve by its own. Hence, the treatment becomes necessary to accelerate the healing process, preventing its spread and for cosmetic reasons. Most of the contemporary treatment methods such as cryotherapy, curettage, and topical application of caustic agents are effective but produce local side-effects such as erythema, tenderness, itching, burning sensation, and pain. The present study reports the efficacy of external application of Pratisaraṇīya Kṇāra (the type of Alkali used for smearing over the affected area) and Bilvādi Agada tablet orally in three cases, which yielded encouraging results.

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