Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum, or molluscum contagiosum, is a common viral skin infection caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV). This benign condition typically presents with pink, round bumps with a central indentation. The number of bumps can range in number (few to hundreds) and in size (1-6mm). The bumps can appear anywhere on the skin but prefer warm and damp environments such as: the armpits, the area behind the knees, crooks of the arms, and the groin area. Molluscum contagiosum most frequently affects young children between the ages of 1 and 10. In teenagers and adults, molluscum most frequently presents as a sexually transmitted infection with lesions noted in the groin region. The condition is self-limited, with lesions resolving on their own even without treatment. Resolution can take months to years. Treatment options are available including topical therapies and cryotherapy (treatment with liquid nitrogen).

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