Learning About Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum contagiosum is a common, contagious skin infection caused by a poxvirus (molluscum contagiosum virus). The infection results in round, firm, painless bumps ranging in size from a pinhead to a pencil eraser. They usually appear on the face, neck, armpits, arms, or hands. Molluscum contagiosum can affect people of all ages and races.
Molluscum bumps are usually flesh coloured and have a dimple in the centre. In some cases they may be red, pink or brown. If you have molluscum you may have anywhere from 1 to a large number of bumps on your body.
The bumps can last anywhere from 2 months to 4 years or more. The bumps are usually not itchy and do not hurt unless you scratch them because this can spread the virus to other parts of your body.
Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral skin infection that mostly affects children and people with weakened immune systems. Molluscum contagiosum is usually harmless, but it can be contagious and spread to other areas of the skin or to other people.
Molluscum contagiosum looks like raised, flesh-colored bumps or flesh-colored warts. Sometimes the center of each bump looks dimpled. The bumps are usually between 2 millimeters and 5 millimeters wide. They can be anywhere on the body but are most common on the face, arms, hands, legs, torso (chest and back), and genital area in teens and adults.
Molluscum contagiosum isn’t painful, but the bumps can become itchy and inflamed if they’re scratched. The bumps may go away without treatment in 6 to 12 months. However, molluscum contagiosum can last longer in people who have weakened immune systems (such as those with HIV) or eczema (a dry skin condition).
Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a poxvirus called molluscipoxvirus. The virus spreads through direct contact with an infected person or through contact with contaminated objects such as clothing or
Molluscum contagiosum is an infection caused by a virus that produces small, firm, raised lesions on the skin. The lesions are painless, but are sometimes itchy or swollen. They typically heal without scarring. Molluscum contagiosum is transmitted through direct contact with a lesion or with something that has touched a lesion. For this reason, it is considered contagious and can spread rapidly in group settings such as childcare groups and schools. As long as there are new bumps appearing (i.e., the virus is active), the condition is contagious.
Molluscum contagiosum may affect children or adults, and appears most often on the face, trunk and limbs. Some people develop only a few lesions, while others may develop many of them. Most cases clear up within 6 to 12 months without treatment, but some can last for several years. There is currently no cure for molluscum contagiosum; however there are several effective treatments available to help manage the condition and prevent spreading the virus to other body parts and other people.
Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin rash caused by a virus. It is easily spread and can effect people of all ages, but it is most common in children. The rash can affect any area of the body, but is most commonly found on the face, neck, armpits, hands, lower abdomen and genital areas. The rash can be spread through direct skin-to-skin contact or by touching objects that have touched infected skin. Sexually transmitted molluscum contagiosum (called “genital molluscum contagiosum”) is spread by sexual activity.
Molluscum contagiosum begins as small white or pink bumps on the skin that gradually increase in size to become dome shaped with a central indentation. These bumps may itch or feel irritated. They generally range in size from 1 to 5 millimeters (1/32 to 3/16 inch). Occasionally they will be larger in adults than in children. In adults who are immunosuppressed because of disease or medication, the bumps may enlarge and become more numerous and widespread because their immune systems cannot fight off the virus that causes molluscum contagiosum.
Your doctor can usually diagnose this condition simply by looking at your child’s skin. Sometimes
Molluscum contagiosum is a common and highly contagious viral skin infection that causes small, raised, pink lesions with a dimple in the center. The infection occurs worldwide and is most common in children 1 to 10 years of age. Molluscum contagiosum is usually self-limited, but can persist for years. Molluscum contagiosum does not usually cause scarring, but the risk of scarring is increased if the lesions are traumatized.
Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a DNA poxvirus that is transmitted primarily through direct person-to-person contact or fomites (eg, towels). The incubation period ranges from two weeks to six months. Lesions often appear on the face, neck, trunk, and extremities; they are less likely to appear on the palms and soles. Localized infections are more commonly seen in children, while disseminated disease is more common among adults who have atopic dermatitis and immunocompromised patients (including those infected with HIV). Molluscum contagiosum lesions may be single or multiple; they may be found anywhere on the body except on the palms of hands and soles of feet.
Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that causes either single or multiple raised, pearl-like bumps (papules) on the skin. The bumps, which may be flesh-colored or pink, are typically small (1 to 5 millimeters) but may enlarge or multiply. They usually appear without other symptoms, but some people experience mild itching or discomfort. Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus that can be easily spread from one person to another. The virus can also be spread by touching infected objects such as clothing, toys, and towels.
The molluscum contagiosum virus poses little risk to otherwise healthy people except for those with a weakened immune system. Molluscum contagiosum can present in children and adults in the following ways:
Molluscum contagiosum is not serious and usually resolves on its own within a few months to a year or two. It can take longer to resolve in children who have weakened immunity due to conditions like eczema and AIDS.
In children with otherwise healthy immune systems, symptoms of molluscum contagiosum typically disappear after about six months without treatment. However, if lesions persist for more than two years it is advised to seek treatment as