Molluscum Contagiosum Overview
What is molluscum contagiosum?
A person with molluscum contagiosum has a viral infection that causes a rash, resulting in small, pearly bumps on the skin. Molluscum contagiosum is very common. Most cases of molluscum contagiosum will resolve within 2 to 3 months without treatment.
What are the symptoms of molluscum contagiosum?
Symptoms of molluscum contagiosum include small, pearly bumps on the skin, which are filled with a white, cheesy material. The rash is painless, slightly itchy, and may appear anywhere on the body.
How does the doctor treat molluscum contagiosum?
Almost all cases of molluscum contagiosum resolve without treatment within 1 year. In children, the rash usually resolves before puberty. Treatment of molluscum contagiosum may include topical medications, cryotherapy, and curettage to scrape the lesions off the skin.
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