Viral Skin Diseases

Picture of Molluscum Contagiosum

Picture of Molluscum Contagiosum

Molloscum contagiosum is a viral skin disorder that results in soft, flesh-colored bumps on the skin. It is very contagious and spreads easily by skin-to-skin contact. The virus can also be transmitted by sharing towels, clothing, and gym mats with an infected individual. The bumps may either be painless or itch. Children are most commonly affected by molloscum contagiosum. Adults may acquire the virus through sexual or other contact.

Treatment of molloscum contagiosum is not always necessary since the bumps often go away without treatment. When treatment is done, it may include curettage, cryosurgery (freezing), laser removal, or the application of topical agents to remove the growths. Certain topical antiviral or immune-boosting medications may be prescribed for treatment.

Image Source: Color Atlas & Synopsis of Pediatric Dermatology Kay Shou-Mei Kane, Jen Bissonette Ryder, Richard Allen Johnson, Howard P. Baden, Alexander Stratigos Copyright 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies. All rights reserved.

Text Reference: "Mulloscum Contagiosum." American Academy of Dermatology.