Molluscum contagiosum is a self-limited viral skin infection caused by a poxvirus and is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact. Molluscum appears as skin-colored or white bumps with a characteristic central dimple and typically affects children or sexually active adults. Molluscum lesions, which can be distributed throughout the body, can persist up to 6 months or more before undergoing spontaneous.
Treatment usually consists of removal of the bumps with a small expresser or treatment with liquid nitrogen. They are very contagious and thus should be treated when seen, since they can spread to other body parts and to other persons in contact with the affected patient. Topical medications may also be used to help remove skin bumps.
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