Understanding Molluscum Contagiosum
- Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral skin infection that primarily affects children, although it can also occur in adults. It is caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV) and is highly contagious through direct skin-to-skin contact or by sharing contaminated objects.
- The infection is characterized by small, raised, umbilicated, flesh-colored or pearly white bumps on the skin. These bumps may have a central indentation and can appear anywhere on the body but are most commonly found in areas such as the face, neck, armpits, and genital region.
- It is a self-limiting condition; however, it can take several months to years for the bumps to disappear completely.
- Treatment options can include physical removal of the lesions, such as cryotherapy or curettage, topical medications like imiquimod or podophyllotoxin, and occasionally antiviral medications.
- It is important to emphasize the need for good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of molluscum contagiosum. This includes avoiding direct contact with the lesions, refraining from sharing personal items like towels or clothing and maintaining proper hand hygiene.