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Molluscum Contagiosum

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Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin condition caused by a virus. It is easily transmitted person to person or from towels, clothing, etc. The virus causes small skin-colored bumps on the body. This condition occurs most commonly in children. It is generally not harmful, and tends to resolve on its own, however the bumps caused by molluscum can last many years before disappearing.

Did you know…
that although molluscum is more common in children, adults can also develop molluscum? In adults, molluscum contagiosum is often sexually transmitted.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is molluscum contagiosum diagnosed?

The bumps of molluscum appear as skin-colored or pink, firm growths appearing anywhere on the body. Molluscum is easily diagnosed by a trained eye. It is important to get an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes what looks like molluscum can be warts or even skin cancer.

What can I do if I have molluscum?

Once infected with the virus, a person can spread the virus to other people as well as to other parts the body. To prevent the spread of molluscum contagiosum, it’s essential to practice good hygiene, avoid sharing personal items such as towels or clothing, and refrain from scratching or picking at the bumps. You should see a dermatologist as soon as possible as treatment for molluscum contagiosum helps to prevent this disease from spreading.

How is molluscum treated?

The board-certified dermatologists at Elite Dermatology and Plastic Surgery will evaluate your skin and determine whether treatment is appropriate and choose the type of treatment. There are many procedures that can be done to treat molluscum. Cryotherapy, curettage, in-office topical therapy, as well as at home topical therapy can be used. Treatments are generally well tolerated.

Close up of Molluscum Contagiosum also called water wart content image

Will my child tolerate the treatment?

At Elite Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, we understand that molluscum contagiosum treatment can be concerning for parents, especially when it involves their children. Our dermatologists utilize gentle and age-appropriate techniques such as cantharidin (beetle juice) to ensure that children tolerate treatment effectively, minimizing discomfort and promoting a positive experience. Our team is experienced in working with children and their families, providing support and guidance throughout the treatment process to achieve the best outcomes for your child’s skin health.

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