Symptoms and Signs of Molluscum Contagiosum Infection

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on Molluscum Contagiosum Infection

Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin infection and primarily affects children and young adults. Signs and symptoms of this skin infection are raised, rounded, bumps on skin that are white, pink or flesh colored. The bumps can develop a dimple and contain a white, cheesy material. The disease in most people is benign and self-limited.

Molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV) is the cause the disease. There are at least four types of the MCV virus with MCV-1 being the most common cause. It is usually spread person-to-person but can be transmitted in contaminated clothing and other objects.


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