Molluscum Contagiosum

When the bumps appear on the skin, they often:

  • Begin as small, firm, dome-shaped growths.
  • Have a surface that feels smooth, waxy, or pearly.
  • Are flesh-colored or pink.
  • Have a dimple in the center. The dimple may be filled with a thick, white substance that is cheesy or waxy.
  • Are painless, but some bumps itch.
  • Turn red as the person’s immune system fights the virus.
  • Appear on other areas of the body after a person scratches or picks the bumps. Scratching or picking can spread the virus.

What Are the Symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum? How Is It Treated?
Molluscum Contagiosum is a type of viral skin rash. It is most common in children under the age of 11. The rash typically consists of pearly bumps on the skin, which may be bordered.  10-20 bumps is common, but persons with a weaker immune system may experience more numerous bumps.

This rash is contagious, and is easily spread from one person to another, or from one part of the body to another. Infected clothing, towels, or gym equipment is a common manner in which Molluscum Contagiosum is spread.

What Should You Do?
Molluscum Contagiosum is a highly contagious skin rash, so avoiding skin-to-skin contact with others is essential. This includes contact sports, sharing towels or wash cloths, and using shared gym equipment. Consult a medical professional if you think you may have Molluscum Contagiosum. Only a doctor can confirm that the rash is viral and not indicative of a more serious condition.

While treatment is not absolutely necessary, total healing may take six months to a year. Bumps that are infected, irritated, or located on visibly exposed parts of the body can be removed for comfort or cosmetic reasons. Infected persons should avoid skin to skin contact with others, in order to prevent spread of the Molluscum Contagiosum.

Common treatment options include topical creams and freezing with liquid nitrogen.  Contact Dr. Amy Vaughan Dermatology in order to discuss your best treatment option.