molluscum

Molluscum

Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral infection of childhood. It can be seen in adults and adolescents though in adults it is much less common. It usually presents with multiple skin coloured spots with a central depression known as umbilication. It is highly contagious and is usually caught in places such as swimming pools. It can be caught by direct skin to skin contact but also caught by sharing of towels and can also be sexually transmitted in adults. It can be spread by scratching or shaving of the spots. It may be widespread if there is an underlying immune deficiency or in patient with bad eczema.

Treatment is usually directed towards destroying the lesion by freezing or scraping. Lasers have also been tried and other treatments include use of topical creams.