What is Molluscum?
Caused by a virus, molluscum contagiosum causes small bumps on the skin that tend to clear with time. You can get molluscum at any age, but it’s most common in children who are 1 to 10 years old. Children who have atopic dermatitis (often called eczema) tend to get it more easily.
As the name suggests, molluscum is contagious. You can catch it by:
- Having skin-to-skin contact with someone who has molluscum bumps on their skin.
- Touching something that someone who has molluscum bumps used, such as an unwashed towel, wrestling mat, or kickboard.
- Sharing unwashed clothes or sports equipment with someone who has molluscum.
Often, the only sign of this skin infection is small bumps on the skin. These bumps tend to be painless, but they can itch.
Treatment & Diagnosis of Molluscum
Treating molluscum can vary. If a patient has a healthy immune system, the molluscum bumps will eventually clear on their own. Clearing can take time. For many children, the body clears the infection within 6 to 9 months, sometimes longer. Dr. Adler may recommend treatment that patient will apply at home and use for a prescribed amount of time. Treatment that is received is to destroy the bumps without harming the skin. Dr. Adler may use:
- Cantharidin (beetle juice)
- Removal of the core by using forceps or scalpel (You should not try this at home without proper technique)
- Topical prescriptions that are prescribed by Dr. Adler to apply at home with proper instructions.
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