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Molluscum contagiosum is a contagious viral skin infection, which is caused by poxvirus. It is characterized by raised skin lesions that appear to be firm and round, which are usually pink or flesh-colored. It takes 6 to 12 months for molluscum contagiosum to be resolved. The incubation period of the virus is usually about 2 weeks to 6 months.
Molluscum contagiosum primarily affects the children under 10 years of age. However, the virus can also infect adolescents and adults. The patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or weakened immune system are easily prone to the infection. It can spread by a direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person.
Signs and symptoms
The signs and symptoms of molluscum contagiosum may be:
Molluscum contagiosum is caused by molluscum contagiosum virus, also called as poxvirus. The virus can be spread through direct with an infected person. It can also spread through sexual contact if the person’s genital areas are affected. Sharing personal items like towels, soaps, and clothing of an infected person can also spread the virus.
The following are the people who are at a greater risk of acquiring the disease:
There are no serious complications caused by molluscum contagiosum. However, the following are the problems that may occur occasionally:
The doctor would physically examine the distinctive appearance of the raised skin bumps. These raised lesions are often misinterpreted as chicken pox or skin cancer. If the doctor suspects it as molluscum contagiosum, a skin scraping or biopsy from the infected area is collected and is subjected to microscopic examination to confirm the diagnosis.
In most of the cases, the lesions or bumps will fade away without any medical treatment. However, if there is a continuous development of lesions the following are the treatment options:
Medications – The doctor would prescribe certain topical medications, which should be applied directly to the lesions. They are:
Procedures – The methods used to remove molluscum contagiosum lesions include:
The following care or measures should be taken to prevent the spread of the virus:
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