Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that results in small, raised bumps with a dimple in the center. These bumps can linger and turn to a darker red color. They may eventually drain and itch as well.
Molluscum is more prevalent with small children, but you can still get it as an adult. The infection remains contagious as long as the sores are present. Molluscum can be quite painful, especially with children.
Scratching or injuring the bumps can cause the infection to spread across the skin and worsen. The infection is contagious, and you can spread to others through direct contact. In some cases, you can become infected by touching objects that have come in contact with the sores.
What Causes Molluscum?
This skin disease comes from the molluscum contagiosum virus, which is a member of the poxvirus family. This virus spreads easily through:
- Skin-to-skin contact
- Contact with contaminated objects, such as towels and other personal items
- Sexual contact with an affected partner
- Scratching or rubbing off the bumps, causing it to spread to nearby skin
Molluscum Treatment at Image Renu Dermatology
Molluscum can sometimes fade over time without treatment, but it may take up to a full year before the bumps have ceased. Meanwhile, the infection remains contagious as long as the bumps are present. We recommended removing bumps and lesions as soon as possible to prevent further spreading, pain, irritation, and cosmetic concerns.
We can help if you or your child is suffering from molluscum. The team at Image Renu Dermatology has the experience and expertise required to properly diagnose and treat molluscum for patients of any age. Our dermatology-certified nurse practitioner will evaluate your molluscum and develop a treatment plan involving specific medications and in-office procedures that are ideal for your unique needs.
Get Relief From Molluscum Today
Contact Image Renu Dermatology now to set up an appointment with our team of dermatology providers. We’d love to provide you with the expert level of care you need.