What is molluscum contagiosum?

Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral infection of the skin typically affecting young adults and children. The condition spontaneously resolves in most patients but may last for a few months.

What causes molluscum contagiosum?

A virus which is spread by direct contact, clothing, towels or sexually

What are the symptoms?

  • Multiple grouped dome shaped lumps (Only a few millimetres in size)
  • A cheesy material is inside which is released if compressed
  • Itchy red skin in and around affected areas
  • Typically affects the face, neck and trunk

How can molluscum contagiosum be treated?

  • Topical creams (Imiquimod)
  • Curettage (shaving) under local anaesthetic
  • Cryotherapy (freeze)
  • If children do not tolerate above treatments parents may gently express the ripe lesions after bathing, wash and clean area and apply antiseptic.

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