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Molloscum Contagiosum


Updated May 16, 2014

Molluscum contagiosum papules

Molluscum contagiosum papules.


What Is Molluscum Contagiosum?

A big name for a small skin growth. Although not dangerous, this skin condition might not be much fun to look at. Molluscum contagiosum is a painless, whitish, firm, small button like growth that can occur on the genitalia, buttocks, face and trunk. It is most common in children but it can affect any age group.

What Causes Molluscum Contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus of the poxvirus family. The bumps usually last for a few months but sometimes linger up to two years before spontaneously disappearing.

How Do You Get Molloscum Contagiosum?

This skin condition can be passed on by skin to skin or close contact, shared towels, clothes, shaving equipment, from swimming pools and by scratching the affected area etc. This skin condition can be sexually transmitted and will appear in the genital and anal area. Avoid infection by practicing safer sex or abstaining from sexual contact altogether until the outbreak has been treated or has cleared up.

How Do I Know if I Have Molloscum Contagiosum?

You need to check out this skin condition with your family doctor or dermatologist.

How Is Molluscum Contagiosum Treated?

There is no cure, but molluscum contagiosum growths will eventually go away by themselves. The growths can also be removed by a doctor, either by cryotherapy (freezing) or surgical removal under a local anesthetic. If any of the growths become infected, use an antiseptic to treat the local area and be careful not to pass the virus on.

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