Molluscum Contagiosum - Symptoms

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What are molluscum contagiosum symptoms and signs?

Molluscum contagiosum looks like very small (often the size of a typical pimple or pinhead), smooth flesh-colored bumps scattered on an arm or leg. A characteristic feature is a shiny, smooth, skin-colored bump with a central dell or pinhead-sized opening.

Molluscum bumps are often localized on one body area like the face or trunk, but they may also spread to multiple body areas. Often, anywhere from one to 30 very small, slightly smooth bumps are scattered on the skin. Some of the bumps may be slightly red or have an accompanying dry, itchy light-red rash indicating inflammation.

Sometimes, squeezing the molluscum bump (like a pimple) causes a small white core to pop out. People may think they just have acne and complain of new onset small red bumps and "acne" on their skin.

Skin conditions that can mimic molluscum include

  • acne,
  • milia (whiteheads),
  • warts,
  • eczema,
  • folliculitis,
  • fungal infection like cryptococcosis or histoplasmosis,
  • impetigo,
  • boils (furuncles),
  • atopic dermatitis,
  • contact dermatitis,
  • bug bites,
  • heat rash (miliaria),
  • basal cell carcinoma, and
  • keratoacanthoma (variant of squamous cell carcinoma).
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