What is Molluscum Contagiosum?

  Molluscum contagiosum is a skin disease caused by a poxvirus. It appears on the skin in small bumps or lesions.



  • The lesions become more “dimpled” in appearance as they increase in size.
  • Each lesion contains a thick white core which harbors the virus.



  • Molluscum is spread through physical contact with a person who is infected.
  • Once you have molluscum, it can easily spread to different areas on your body.



  • There are several ways to treat molluscum:
    • The lesions can be opened to remove the core. The lesions should then heal in about 5 to 10 days.
    • Occasionally molluscum will disappear spontaneously, but in most cases untreated lesions will enlarge and spread.
    • Molluscum may be treated by freezing or by topical cream.


  • Your clinician will decide what is the best treatment for you.


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