Molluscum Contagiosum

molluscum contagiosum looks similar to warts

Although it sounds scary, molluscum contagiosum is a relatively harmless skin infection that is caused by a virus. We most often see it in children, though anyone can get it as it is highly contagious. Individuals with atopic dermatitis (eczema) are more likely to get it.

Though it is not a rash, molluscum contagiosum may look like one with small firm bumps on the skin. It often appears in the arms, armpits, trunk (torso), groin area, knees, armpits, and even the inside of the eyelids. This infection is spreads through skin to skin contact.

Treatment for molluscum contagiosum varies. The bumps may subside on their own, but often disappear and reappear for up to 12 months. In more severe cases, patients may have new bumps that grow for up to a few years.