Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral infection in children. It causes small dome-shaped bumps on the skin. The infection can occur anywhere on the skin, but has a preference for skin that is compromised by eczema/dermatitis.
Molluscum contagiosum does not cause any internal (systemic) illness, and children are generally otherwise completely well.
It is contagious, particularly between siblings, and we recommend care is taken when bathing or showering and to avoid sharing hygiene items.
When molluscum contagiosum is seen in adults (particularly on or around the genitals), it may be associated with sexually transmitted disease (STD). We may recommend STD screening during your consultation.
Sometimes, it can be seen in adults who are immunocompromised, such as individuals taking anti-rejection medications for organ transplants.
Molluscum contagiosum will self-resolve, over the course of 6 to 12 months in most cases, however treatments are available to speed up this process.