Frequently Asked Questions About Molluscum Treatments

What is Molluscum Contagiosum ?

Molluscum contagiosum is a relatively common viral infection of the skin, resulting in round, firm, painless bumps ranging in size from a pinhead to a pencil eraser.

Who Can Get Molluscum Contagiosum?

Though most common in children, molluscum contagiosum can affect adults as well — particularly those with weakened immune systems.

What are Symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum?

Signs and symptoms of molluscum contagiosum include bumps on the skin that are raised, round and flesh colored. These bumps may become itchy, red and inflamed and usually appear on the face, neck, armpits, arms and tops of the hands in children.

How Does One Get Molluscum Contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is a virus that spreads easily through skin to skin contact, contact with contaminated objects such as household towels, etc, or by scratching existing bumps, spreading the virus to nearby skin.

How Do I Prevent the Spread of the Virus?

Prevention begins with frequent handwashing, avoidance of sharing personal items, and keeping ones hands off existing bumps.