Molluscum contagiosum is a viral disease caused by a poxvirus that infects only the skin. Small pink or flesh-colored bumps harboring the virus appear on the skin. Mollusca are contagious and spread by direct (skin-to-skin) and indirect (skin-to-object) contact. Children tend to get molluscum more often because they have more direct contact with others and have not yet developed immunity to the virus.
While molluscum contagiosum will eventually go away on its own, treatment can prevent the growths from spreading to other areas of a patient’s body and to other people. Growths can be frozen with liquid nitrogen or destroyed with various acids or blistering solutions.
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