Molluscum Contagiosum

English Dermatology

Learn more about Molluscum Contagiosum and how English Dermatology can help.
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About Molluscum Contagiosum

What is It?

The condition spreads through contact with an infected person or a contaminated object. Though painless, the small bumps might itch. Scratched bumps can spread infection to surrounding skin. The bumps usually disappear on their own. In rare cases, the bumps can be removed using medications or other procedures.



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About Molluscum Contagiosum

What Causes It?

This is a very common ailment for children, and from a virus called molluscum contagiosum which is a skin infection. 
People catch molluscum contagiosum when they get the virus on their skin. Skin-to-skin contact with someone who has molluscum, touching an object that someone who has molluscum touched. Or, sharing a personal item, such as clothing or a towel.

Anyone can get molluscum contagiosum, some people are more likely to catch it. Children who are 1 to 10 years old are more prone to get this skin infection because they have the most skin-to-skin contact. They seem especially vulnerable if they have eczema. The extremely dry, cracked skin of eczema may make it easier for the virus to infect the skin. Athletes who share equipment, or have skin-to-skin contact. People with compromised immune systems can be more vulnerable to catch this, as well as those who are sexually active.

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Common Treatments

Several treatment options are available, it’s important to know that there is no one best treatment for molluscum. One of our highly trained dermatologists will choose a treatment based on many considerations, such as overall health, number of molluscum bumps, and where the bumps appear. No matter which treatment is used, it takes time.

A common treatment is cantharidin (beetle juice). Made from blister beetles, it has been used this to treat warts and molluscum since the 1950s. Your dermatologist will apply it to each bump in such a way that a water blister forms. You should see a blister on each treated bump within 24 to 48 hours. As the skin heals, the bumps clear. This usually occurs within 2 weeks. To be effective, most patients need more than one treatment. This is a safe and effective treatment, and is topical.

Other treatments are cryotherapy, an extremely cold substance to each molluscum bump. You will need to return for treatment until the bumps clear. Another is curettage that can be used, this is a simple and effective treatment that causes little or no bleeding. Pulsed dye laser (PDL) may be a treatment option for someone who has many molluscum bumps. It’s also recommended for patients with difficult-to-treat molluscum, such as people with AIDS. 

Trust your doctor to advise you the most effective way to treat your skin, your skins health is very important to us.



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Our Approach & Expertise

We understand how molluscum contagiosum can be a physical nuisance, itchy and even affect your self-esteem. As your experienced community skin experts, we have the knowledge to help you manage this condition. Healthy skin is our passion. Contact us for an appointment today if you suspect you have molluscum contagiosum.


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