Molluscum Contagiosum

What Is Molluscum Contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection that is caused by a virus. The virus, called the molluscum virus, produces benign raised lesions, or bumps, on the upper layers of your skin.

The small bumps usually are painless. They disappear on their own and rarely leave scars when left untreated. The length of time the virus lasts varies for each person, but the bumps can last from two months up to four years.

Molluscum contagiosum is spread by direct contact with the lesion of an infected person or by contact with a contaminated object such as towels or piece of clothing.

Medication and surgical treatments are available, but in most cases, treatment is not necessary. The virus can be more difficult to treat if you have a weakened immune system.

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