What is Molluscum Contagiosum?
Molluscum is a common, non-cancerous skin growth caused by a viral infection in the top layers of the epidermis. They are like warts but are caused by a different virus. Molluscum is usually a small flesh-colored or pink dome-shaped growth and can be contagious with skin to skin contact. The molluscum virus is transmitted skin contact or infected water (swimming pool or shower).
Symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum
Individuals who come into contact with the M. contagiosum virus may not experience symptoms for up to six months. Individuals may notice small groups of painless lesions, which are usually small, shiny, and smooth. These lesions are often flesh-colored, white, or pink, and filled with a core of waxy material. Individuals with a weakened immune system may experience more severe symptoms.
How to Treat Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum is treated in the same ways that warts are treated. They can be frozen with liquid nitrogen, destroyed with various acids or retinoid solutions, or scraped off with a sharp instrument. Laser therapy has also been found effective in treating molluscum.
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of molluscum contagiosum, contact our office today. We would be happy to schedule a consultation as well as answer any treatment questions you may have.