- by Dr Jaya Sharma
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- Feb 22 2018
What is Contagious Molluscum?
It is a skin infection caused by Molluscum contagiosum virus that causes formation of small, raised bumps or lesions on the skin. These bumps are usually painless and go away on their own even if left untreated and don’t leave any scars.
This infections spreads by direct contact with an infected person or sharing contaminated products like towels or clothing. The incubation time of this virus is anything between 2-6 weeks and the lesions have certain common symptoms:
- Small, smooth and flesh coloured
- Firm, raised with a dent in the middle
- Present anywhere on the body from hands and legs to inner thighs and genitals
- Small, round bumps like the size of a pin head
This infection mostly spreads through direct contact with an infected person.
- Sharing products like towels and clothes or other equipment
- Children get affected by playing with infected children
- Teens and adults and infected through sexual contact or skin touching sports like wrestling and football
- You can spread the infection within your body by scratching or shaving a bump and touching other parts of your body
Diagnosis and treatment
The infection is easy to diagnose as the lesions are easy to spot and the doctor usually diagnoses it by just looking at the infected area. People with a strong and healthy immune system, usually don’t require any treatment as the infection goes away on its own. But in some cases if the bumps are large and develop in visible areas like the face or have worries of spreading the infection, the doctor offers certain treatment options. Cryotherapy to freeze the bumps or curettage and laser therapy to scrap off or destroy the bumps. In many cases, the doctor suggests medication to boost your immunity levels.
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