What Is Molluscum Contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is a benign viral infection of the skin caused by the pox virus. Molluscum contagiosum most often affects young children who pass it to each other through saliva while in adults the virus is sexually transmitted. Molluscum is spread by direct contact with infected skin and can be spread to various parts of your body and to other people.

The lesions are usually on the genitals, lower abdomen, buttocks or inner thighs. The rash caused by molluscum contagiosum causes painless wart-like bumps.. The rash usually develops 2 to 7 weeks after exposure.

What Are the Symptom of Molluscum Contagiosum?

Molluscum causes normal skin to grow into bumps. There is no pain or discharge associated with the bumps unless they are accidentally cut.

How Is Molluscum Contagiosum Diagnosed?

Your physician can diagnosis molluscum contagiosum by observation.

How Is Molluscum Contagiosum Treated?

Molluscum contagiosum is treated by excising the lesions.