Molluscum contagiosum, a viral infection of the skin, is commonly seen in children. The infection manifests as round, firm, painless bumps. Adults, particularly those with weakened immune systems, can also be affected.(1)
Since other skin conditions may resemble molluscum, it is important that a physician diagnose the issue. The infection will often clear on its own, usually within six to nine months, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. However, some patients may continue to get bumps for years. In these cases, many will choose treatment.
Treatment may also be recommended for patients who have:
- A chronic skin condition, such as eczema;
- Molluscum in the genital area;
- A weakened immune system and numerous bumps;
- Extremely bothersome molluscum.(2)
“There is a consensus that treatment should be indicated in patients with extensive disease, secondary complications (bacterial superinfection, molluscum dermatitis, conjunctivitis), or aesthetic complaints.” Various treatments are used for the treatment of molluscum, including cryosurgery.(3)
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(1) Mayo Clinic, Molluscum Contagiosum, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/molluscum-contagiosum/
(2) American Academy of Dermatology, Molluscum Contagiosum: Diagnosis and Treatment, https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/a-z/molluscum-contagiosum-treatment
(3) Meza-Romero, R. Nabareete-Dechant, C., Downey, C. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, Molluscum Contagiosum: An Update and Review of New Perspectives in Etiology, Diagnosis and Treatment, https://www.dovepress.com/molluscum-contagiosum-an-update