Health Library: Molluscum Contagiosum

 

What is molluscum contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin condition caused by a virus. The virus causes round, dome-shaped, pink papules on the skin surface and is common in children. 

 

What causes molluscum contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus. Molluscum contagiosum is contagious and can spread from person to person. It can also spread from place to place on the surface of the skin of someone who is infected, often due to picking or scratching the lesions.

 

How is molluscum contagiosum treated?

It is important to note that treatment for molluscum contagiosum is not required. Sometimes, the virus and the skin lesions may go away on their own with time. However, treatment may help prevent the spread of the virus and may also help improve the appearance of the skin. Molluscum contagiosum is often treated with a topical medication in office or with liquid nitrogen in office. If you think you or your child may have molluscum contagiosum, be sure to give us a call and make an appointment with one of our providers.

 

To learn more, visit the American Association of Dermatology.