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What is molluscum contagiosum? What causes molluscum contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin disorder caused by a superficial skin infection with the poxvirus. It is not caused by bacteria, yeasts, or fungi. Diet does not seem to affect molluscum contagiosum. Molluscum contagiosum appears as multiple, scattered, small tan or pink little bumps on any part of the skin, including the neck, trunk, arms, legs, buttocks, and face. Although possible, it is extremely rare to have it all over the body in a healthy individual with a normal immune system. Molluscum contagiosum most characteristically involves just one or two body areas at a time, like the chest, back, or legs. Other common locations include the face, neck, eyelids, thighs, genitals, and buttocks. It generally spares the palms and soles.

Skin infected with molluscum contagiosum may have some dilation of the small superficial blood vessels and inflammation, thereby giving the bumps a red or flushed appearance. More males are affected than females. Most people have no other symptoms, but itching can occur. The molluscum virus does not affect internal organs or enter the bloodstream.

Molluscum contagiosum can be spread from one body part to another. As the name implies, molluscum contagiosum is very contagious and easily transmitted from person to person via skin contact or sharing razors or towels, public swimming pools, wrestling mats, shared bathtubs, or hot tubs. Molluscum contagiosum can be cosmetically displeasing, but it is otherwise medically harmless in normal individuals. Molluscum contagiosum typically resolves over a period of months without any treatment. Molluscum contagiosum is generally treated with common wart remedies like liquid nitrogen (freezing) or burning (cautery).

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Comment from: supermom, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 19

Two of my three children developed molluscum contagiosum. My daughter's lasted about 6 months and cleared up by itself. It stayed in a small area on her chest. My son however had it all over his chest, back, upper arms, buttocks and upper thighs. He developed secondary infections that required antibiotics. It was a nightmare! We had a few warts burned off but the healing took quite a while,it was rather expensive and obviously painful. We eventually used a product called zymaderm. It is a natural remedy,and within 3-4 weeks he was free of lesions after a little more then a year since the appearance of the first spots showing up.

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