Call us: (307) 734-1800
984 West Broadway Suite #4 Jackson, Wyoming

Select Page

Molluscum

Molluscum (muh-luhs-kum) contagiosum (kən-tā-jē-ō-səm) is a common skin disease. It is caused by a virus. This virus easily spreads from person to person.

People can get molluscum by sharing towels and clothing. Wrestlers and gymnasts may get it from touching infected mats. Skin-to-skin contact also spreads the virus.

Often the only sign of molluscum is pink or flesh-colored bumps on the skin. These bumps can appear anywhere on the skin.

Whenever you can see the bumps on the skin, molluscum contagiosum is contagious.

Bumps on the skin can be the only sign that a person has molluscum contagiosum. These bumps often appear about 7 weeks after being exposed to the virus that causes molluscum. Sometimes, the bumps do not appear for many months.

In adults, the bumps often appear on the face, neck, armpits, arms, and hands. Other common places for bumps to appear are the genitals, abdomen, and inner thighs. Adults often get molluscum contagiosum through sexual contact.

This skin disease is most often seen in children. Having atopic dermatitis, the most common type of eczema, also increases the risk of getting molluscum contagiosum.

Once infected with the virus, a person can spread the virus to other parts the body. Scratching or picking at bumps on the skin and then touching skin that does not have bumps can spread the virus and cause new bumps. This is called self-re-infection.

A dermatologist can often diagnose molluscum contagiosum by looking at your skin.

When a child gets this skin condition, researchers have found that the skin often clears on its own. Clearing takes about 12 to 18 months. In many cases, children are not treated because treatment can have unwanted side effects for a child.

While molluscum can clear on its own, treatment can prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body or to other people. Treatments performed by dermatologists include freezing, application of an acid to the lesions, or a simple procedure called currettage.  While treating molluscum, it is normal for new bumps to appear as others fade.  Sometimes it can take 3 to 6 treatments to make all the bumps go away .

If you think you have molluscum contagiosum, make an appointment at Teton Dermatology 307-734-1800 It is important to get an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes what looks like molluscum contagiosum can be warts or even skin cancer.

Treatment for molluscum contagiosum helps to prevent this disease from spreading.

If you think you have molluscum contagiosum, make an appointment at Teton Dermatology 307-734-1800 It is important to get an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes what looks like molluscum contagiosum can be warts or even skin cancer.

Treatment for molluscum contagiosum helps to prevent this disease from spreading.