Molluscum Contagiosum Symptoms & Causes

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What is molluscum contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is a viral disease of the skin that causes small pink or skin-colored bumps on your child's skin. It is not harmful and usually does not have any other symptoms. The virus is inside the bumps and is mildly contagious. These bumps usually clear on their own in six to nine months.

What causes molluscum contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus called the poxvirus. It is most common in children and adolescents, although it can affect adults.

What are the symptoms of molluscum contagiosum?

The bumps are small and are usually pink or skin-colored. Eventually, the bumps tend to have a small, sunken center. The number of lesions a child has is usually between two and 20, with lesions often occurring in groups or clusters. They are not harmful but may cause some cosmetic concern for the child if they appear on the face or other visible areas.

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