is molluscum contagiosum?
Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral infection
that affects the skin. Although it can occur at
any age it most commonly affects children before
the age of 6.
of molluscum contagiosum
In the majority of cases the only symptom of
molluscum contagiosum is a number of small 2-5 mm
raised papules on the skin. The lesions are very
often grouped together in clusters and have a
pearly grey color. On top is a flat white spot. If
the top ruptures, a thick white-grey substance
will be released.
is the cause of molluscum contagiosum?
contagiosum is caused by a highly contagious virus
known as the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV).
The virus can be spread through skin-to-skin
contact with an infected person In adults they are
usually more persistent but in a large majority of
cases they clear up eventually. It can be spread
easily among young children at school.
Adults can also develop molluscum contagiosum. In
most cases only a single lesion will develop. When
adults develop multiple lesions a weakened immune
system may be the cause of this.
In healthy children, molluscum contagiosum usually
clears up on its own within 18 months. In general,
treatment for molluscum contagiosum in children is
not recommended. The infection does not usually
cause any other symptoms apart from a mild itch
and treatment may be painful and may sometimes
result in scarring.
Do not squeeze spots because this increases the
risk spreading the virus.