Molluscum contagiosum is a common disease caused by a virus, which affects the top layers of the skin. The name molluscum contagiosum implies that the virus develops growths that are easily spread by skin contact. Similar to warts, this virus belongs to the poxvirus family and enters the skin through small breaks of hair follicles. It does not affect any internal organs.

Molluscums are usually small flesh-colored or pink dome-shaped growths that often become red or inflamed. They may appear shiny and have a small indentation in the center. Because they can spread by skin-to-skin contact, molluscum is usually found in areas of skin that touch each other such as the folds in the arm or the groin. They are also found in clusters on the chest, abdomen and buttocks and can involve the face and eyelids. In people with immune system diseases, the molluscum may be very large in size and number, especially on the face.

People exposed to the molluscum virus through skin-to-skin contact have an increased risk of developing these growths. Children tend to get Molluscum more often than adults. It is common is young children who have not yet developed immunity to the virus. Molluscum also seems to be more common in tropical climates where warmth and humidity favor the growth of the virus.

Many dermatologists advise treating molluscum because the growths are easily spread from one area of the skin to another. Molluscum is treated in similar ways that warts are treated. They can be frozen with liquid nitrogen, destroyed with various acids or blistering solutions, treated with an electric needle, scraped off with a sharp instrument, or treated daily with a home application of a topical retinoid cream or gel, a topical immune modifier or other topical antiviral medications. Laser therapy has also been found to be effective in treating Molluscum.

The condition may be easier to control if treatment is started when there are only a few growths. Your dermatologist will determine the proper treatment for you.

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