What Is Molluscum?

Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a common viral infection of the skin that causes either single or multiple raised, pearl-like bumps (papules) on the skin.

The virus that causes molluscum is a member of the poxvirus family. This virus can infect people of all ages and skin types, though it occurs most often in children 1 to 10 years of age.

Molluscum is usually not a serious condition. However, it can be unsightly, and there may be some discomfort with itching and/or pain. Molluscum lesions typically resolve on their own over a period of months to years. In certain circumstances, topical medications or surgical removal can speed up resolution of the infection.

Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection that causes raised, pearl-like papules or nodules on the skin. It’s a common condition in children, but it can affect people of any age. The lesions are painless and harmless and often disappear without treatment in 6 to 12 months. But they can persist longer and be unsightly.

Molluscum contagiosum can spread through direct contact with an infected person or contact with something an infected person has handled, such as clothing, toys or towels.

Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection caused by a poxvirus (molluscum contagiosum virus). The virus produces raised, pearl-like papules or nodules on the skin that may be flesh-, pink-, or pearly-white colored. They are usually 2–5 millimeters in diameter and can appear anywhere on the body.

Molluscum contagiosum can affect people of all ages, but it occurs most commonly in children aged 1 to 10 years of age. It is more common in those with weakened immune systems, such as those who have HIV/AIDS.

The virus spreads through direct contact with infected people or with objects they have touched. It can also spread through sexual contact.

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