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Molluscum Contagiosum is very common in children though it can be seen in adults as well

Posted on 30. Jul, 2013 by in Skin Conditions, Warts

Molluscum contagiosum is the name of a virus.  This virus is Poxvirus. Molluscum Contagiosum is very common in children though it can be seen in adults as well.

Treatment Options for Molluscum Contagiosum

Current treatment options are invasive, requiring tissue destruction and attendant discomfort. Currently there is no US licensed molluscum contagiosum vaccine, attempts have been made but it is difficult to instill a permanent immunity to the virus.

Molluscum presents as small pink to flesh color, dome-shaped bumps with a dimple in the center. The bumps are quite small 2 to 5 mm in size; frequently seen on the face, torso and genitals as well as the back of hands. You will not find Molluscum Contagiosum on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Children who have Molluscum Contagiosum should not bathe with their siblings or share a towel or wash cloth as the virus is spread by skin to skin contact. Molluscum Contagiosum is also spread by scratching or touching a bump and for the adolescent/adults spread can occur during sports contact sports or sexual activity.

The bumps of Molluscum Contagiosum usually appear two to six weeks after you are exposed to the virus. Diagnosing molluscum is usually based on an exam; a biopsy is not usually necessary.

Once the bumps have resolved, you cannot spread the virus to others but you can reinfection can occur. So if your child has molluscum and attends school, try to cover the bumps with clothing.

Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum lesions are flesh-colored, dome-shaped, and pearly in appearance. They are often 1–5 millimeters in diameter, with a dimpled center.

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