Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection caused by a virus. It is a nuisance, but not dangerous.
How is molluscum contagiosum spread?
Molluscum contagiosum is passed from one person to another by direct skin-to-skin contact, including close contact with a sexual partner. It is possible that molluscum contagiosum is passed on by clothing or towels. The lumps can spread from one part of the body to another by scratching.
What are the symptoms of molluscum contagiosum?
The symptoms of molluscum contagiosum can appear within 1-6 weeks after exposure. Molluscum contagiosum first appears as very small (about 1/8 inch across), smooth, round, pearly bumps with indented cores in the middle. They may be on or around the pubic area, on the abdomen, or inner thighs. There may be one or two bumps or 10 to 20 or more than 50.
The bumps aren't painful but they may be itchy. They can get infected and become red and sore. However, redness and soreness can also mean that they are healing naturally. Check with your health care provider.
In people with normal immune systems, the disorder usually goes away on its own over a period of months to years.
Persons with a compromised immune system (such as AIDS) may have a rapidly worse case of molluscum contagiosum.
Individual lesions may be removed surgically, by scraping, de-coring, freezing, or through needle electrosurgery. Surgical removal of individual lesions may result in scarring. Medications, such as those used to remove warts, may be helpful in removal of lesions, but can cause blistering that leads to temporary skin discoloration.
Molluscum contagiosum lesions may persist from a few months to a few years. These lesions ultimately disappear without scarring, unless there is excessive scratching, which may leave marks.
Individual lesions usually disappear within about 2 - 3 months. Complete disappearance of all lesions generally occurs within about 6 - 18 months. The disorder may persist in immunosuppressed people.
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