Effectiveness of Individualized Homoeopathic remedies in the Treatment of Molluscum Contagiosum: A Case Series
Treatment of Molluscum Contagiosum: A Case Series
Background and Objectives- Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a common infectious dermatosis of viral origin predominantly seen in the paediatric age group and in immune-deficient individuals. Clinically, MC is characterised by the presence of firm, dome-shaped papules with a shiny and umbilicated surface. The treatment of MC is highly controversial as it is a self-limiting disease with the conventional treatments lacking sufficient evidence regarding their effectiveness and are known to cause pain, inconvenience, hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation and scarring. Leaving the lesions untreated has been found to be associated with certain complications including inflammation, pruritus, dermatitis and secondary bacterial infection. Hence, there is a need to find gentler, holistic solutions for the treatment of MC. Homoeopathic treatments are based on the core principle of rapid, gentle and permanent cure achieved in a holistic manner. A case series of MC is hereby presented, to demonstrate the effectiveness of Individualized homoeopathic remedies in the treatment of MC.
Methods- Three cases of children with MC were treated with individualized Homeopathic medicines. Each case was followed up with clinical and photographic evidence and was reported according to the criteria set out in the HOM-CASE guidelines. The assessment of causal attribution of Homeopathic treatment effect was carried out using the Modified Naranjo Criteria.
Results- A marked improvement was observed in all three cases of MC with a complete disappearance of the eruptions without any recurrence. All cases improved within three months of treatment. The Modified Naranjo Criteria total score was +9/13 for each case, which indicates a positive causal attribution of homeopathy in relieving the symptoms of MC.
Conclusion: This case series suggests a significant role of individualized homeopathic medicines in the treatment of Molluscum contagiosum by a complete removal of external eruptions on skin through internal medication.
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