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Molluscum Contagiosum (cont.)

Synonyms and Keywords

molluscum contagiosum, poxvirus, rash, chickenpox, smallpox, viral infection, skin lesion, genital lesion, papules, mucous membranes, conjunctivitis, warts

Authors and Editors

Author: Steven Doerr, MD

Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, Chief Medical Editor,

Previous contributing author and editors:

Author: William Shapiro, MD, Consulting Staff, Department of Urgent Care and Emergency Medicine, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation.

Editors: Mitchell J Goldman, DO, FAAP, FAAEM, Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine, St Vincent Emergency Physicians, Inc; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Richard Harrigan, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Temple University School of Medicine.


American Academy of Dermatology. "Molluscum contagiosum." <>.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Molluscum (Molluscum Contagiosum)." <

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2013

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