MOLLUSCUM

Molluscum Contagiosum is a very common condition caused by a pox virus. The virus affects the outer layer of skin and causes tiny white bumps that have a central pit. It is most commonly seen in children but can affect adults as well. Most of these bumps range in size from the size of a pinhead to the size of a pencil eraser. Though they can be found anywhere on the skin, they commonly affect areas of thinner skin such as elbows, knees, groin and buttocks. Molluscum can spread to other areas of the body if they are scratched and they can be contagious from person to person. Molluscum, if left untreated, can eventually go away by themselves; but this process can take years for complete resolution. Because these bumps can spread and become irritated, our providers use all treatment options available to treat this condition effectively. The treatment depends on the age of the patient and the size and location of the growths. The goal of treatment is to stimulate the body’s immune system to recognize the molluscum virus and develop an immunity to it.

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