MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide

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What is MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide

MolluDab Solution is a treatment for molluscum contagiosum (MC) which when applied to the affected areas of skin, works to break down the cells which have been attacked by the virus, build a defence against it and reduce the appearance of the spots overall.

The skin is our largest organ and is exposed to more than anything else to the environment, pollutants, bacteria, viruses and all other external elements. As such, it becomes incredibly easy to contract skin conditions that require medical intervention in order to treat them.

One such condition is molluscum contagiosum (MC). This is a viral infection that affects the skin and can occur at any age, although 9 out of 10 cases happen in children. It is generally harmless, if a little unsightly, that should clear within a few months. However, it can also spread to other areas of the body, meaning it can take up to 18 months for the condition to disappear completely.

Symptoms are mild and are usually limited to firm, small, raised spots measuring 2 to 5mm in size on the skin that have a dimple in the middle which can alert you to the fact that the condition is MC. They are not usually painful but can be itchy. They might develop in small clusters in different parts of the body but are most commonly found behind the knees, on the groin or in the armpit. It can recur in sufferers but is unlikely.

The MC virus can be spread through:

  • Close and direct contact with an infected person (e.g. touching their skin)
  • Touching objects which have been contaminated with the virus (e.g. towels, toys and clothes)
  • Sexual contact (all types of intimate touching as well as sexual intercourse)

The duration of the infectious period for MC is not known, but it is believed that it could last until the very last spot has disappeared.

How effective is MolluDab Solution (5% Potassium Hydroxide)?

MolluDab Solution is an effective treatment for the condition molluscum contagiosum thanks to the proven efficacy of the active ingredient, potassium hydroxide (5%).

This virus can exist within the body for up to 18 months, but after treatment with MolluDab Solution, all evidence of it can be eradicated entirely in just 2 to 4 weeks.

It will also work to improve the appearance of the unsightly spots, which can cause embarrassment in some sufferers, preventing them from doing activities they would have otherwise done.

Always follow the guidelines for use.

Can I buy MolluDab Solution (5% Potassium Hydroxide) online?

Yes. MolluDab Solution (5% Potassium Hydroxide) is a medicine, but it does not require a prescription or verification via a medical questionnaire in advance of purchase. As such, it is readily available for purchase on the internet via approved retail pharmacies such as Click Pharmacy.

If you wish to receive the product quickly, you can also take advantage of Click Pharmacy’s next day delivery service to have it sent to the location of your choosing promptly. Just select this delivery option as part of the check out process.

Please ensure that the product to be treated with MolluDab Solution is indeed molluscum contagiosum before use. If you wish to speak to the experts at Click Pharmacy in advance of your purchase, please get in touch, and they will be happy to help.

What dose should I choose?

MolluDab Solution (5% Potassium Hydroxide) comes in this dosage only with the active ingredient of potassium hydroxide at a level of 5% or 50mg.

A small amount of the product should be applied to the spots on the affected area (once the diagnosis is confirmed) and this should help to clear the skin of the virus in 2 to 4 weeks. Untreated, this virus can spread to other parts of the body and last up to 18 months.

MolluDab Solution should always be used as directed.

How should I use MolluDab Solution (5% Potassium Hydroxide)?

MolluDab Solution (5% Potassium Hydroxide) is for external, topical use only and should always be used as directed. Full instructions will be included within the product packaging, but you should:

  • Ensure the area to be treated is clean and dry
  • Apply a small amount of the solution to all of the spots caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus using the spatula provided
  • Allow the product to dry on the skin
  • Repeat this process twice daily for a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 4 weeks until the spots have gone

Discard the solution 4 weeks after opening.

Do not use on skin suffering from eczema or atopic dermatitis.

It is suitable for use on children as young as 2 years old.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should seek advice from their doctor before using MolluDab Solution.

Avoid contact with the eyes and mucous membranes. If contact does occur, wash out with lots of clean water.

Always follow the instructions for use which will be provided within the product packaging.

How does MolluDab Solution (5% Potassium Hydroxide) work?

MolluDab Solution contains the active ingredient potassium hydroxide (5%), which is responsible for the improvement in the symptoms of the molluscum contagiosum virus. When it is applied to the spots twice daily as directed, it will break down the skin cells which contain the virus. In doing so, it will alert the immune system to the virus’s presence, allowing it to respond to it by mounting an inflammatory reaction. This inflammatory reaction will kill the virus, clearing it from the skin and allowing it to heal.

For how long do I use MolluDab Solution (5% Potassium Hydroxide) before I notice a difference?

Some patients will find that they respond particularly quickly to the treatment provided by MolluDab Solution and will see results in as little as 1 week.

Generally speaking, the immune system will take 4-6 days to mount its inflammatory reaction, which is responsible for killing the virus and allowing the skin to heal. Once this response has cleared the virus, the spots should all disappear within 1 to 5 weeks with use as directed (to a maximum of 4 weeks).

What are the side effects of MolluDab Solution (5% Potassium Hydroxide)?

As with any treatment for the skin, there can be rare cases of side effects being experienced although these are most likely as a result of an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients found within the product. If a reaction does occur, discontinue use immediately. If symptoms persist or get worse, speak to your doctor or one of the professionals at Click Pharmacy.

Side effects can also happen if the product is misused if it gets into the eyes or is ingested, so always use as directed.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor before use.

If you wish to speak to any of the experts at Click Pharmacy in advance of purchase to discuss this product, the condition MC or any potential side effects, please get in touch.

When shouldn’t I use MolluDab Solution (5% Potassium Hydroxide)?

MolluDab Solution is suitable for use on all children over the age of 2 and adults. Seek medical advice for the treatment of MC for children under 2 years of age.

Do not use if you are allergic to the ingredients – potassium hydroxide (5%) and purified water.

Do not use on skin suffering from eczema or atopic dermatitis.

Do not use if your immune system is compromised via another condition such as HIV or if you are undergoing chemotherapy.

Speak to your doctor or healthcare professional before use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Avoid contact with the eyes and mucous membranes and flush out with water if contact occurs.

What is the difference between MolluDab Solution (5% Potassium Hydroxide) and Zymaderm Molluscum / Molutrex Molluscum Treatment – 3ml?

Zymaderm Molluscum is formulated for the symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum and is a pain-free natural blend including essential oils using no chemicals as the active ingredients. It is designed to help protect the skin from bacteria and infection and reduce the appearance of the bumps and lesions caused by molluscum contagiosum.

Molutrex Molluscum Treatment is similar in that it also uses potassium hydroxide as its active ingredient. Application is with a brush instead of a spatula.

What is MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide used for?

MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide is used for the treatment of the viral infection Molluscum Contagiosum.

Do I need a prescription to purchase MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide?

No, you do not require a prescription to purchase MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide. However if you are unsure whether this product is right for you, you are welcome to book a free consultation with one of our medicine experts.

Can children use MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide?

MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide is suitable for use by adults and children over the age of 2 years old. It should not be used by children under the age of 2 years old.

What is Molluscum Contagiosum?

Mollusccum Contagiosum is a viral infection which is commonly found in children. Small spots with a dimple appear on the skin indicating you have caught the viral infection?

Is Molluscum Contagiosum contagious?

Yes, Molluscum Contagiosum is a contagious viral infection.

Can pregnant or breastfeeding women use MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide?

You should consult with a doctor before using MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding.

How often should I use MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide?

You should use MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide twice a day until the infection has cleared.

How should I use MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide?

You should use the provided spatula to put a small amount of the solution across affected areas. You should allow the solution to dry before layering anything on top.

How long should I use MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide for?

MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide is usually a 14 day long treatment. However it may take up to 4 weeks to notice significant improvements in your infection.

How should I store MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide?

You should store MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide in a cool dry place, out of reach from children, and at room temperature. This product should not be exposed to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight.

What if I forget to use MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide?

If you forget to use MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide you should use it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. If it is almost time for your next dose you should skip the dose you just missed and continue as normal. You should never use two doses at once, even if you are making up for a missed dose.

How long is the shelf life of MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide?

The shelf life of MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide varies depending on your purchase. However the shelf life of an opened bottle of MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide is 4 weeks. The solution should be discarded after 4 weeks of opening.

After using MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide you are unlikely to experience any side effects. This is because Molludab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide does not interfere with anything else. If you experience any of the following:

  • Irritation
  • Severe itching
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty breathing

You may be experiencing an allergic reaction. In this case you should stop using MolluDab with 5% Potassium Hydroxide immediately and seek medical advice as soon as possible.

Please read all the patient information that will be included within your product packaging before use. The patient information leaflet can be found here.

Authored by Jana Abelovska

Last reviewed 20 April 2021

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