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.
Adapted from: www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/molluscum/overview.htm