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What is Molluscum (Molluscum Contagiosum)?
Molluscum contagiosum is a very common viral skin infection which mostly affects children. It is marked by clusters of epidermal bumps called Mollusca. This skin condition is not particularly harmful. At Bellissimo Skin & Hair Clinic, our dermatologist will assist and advise you the best treatment for this skin condition.
What are the causes?
It is contagious and spreads in damp environments such as swimming pools. It mostly affects children below the age of 10years but can also occur in adults. The skin infection tends to be more common among people who also have a topic eczema or have a poor immune function. There are several ways in which this infection can spread including direct skin-to skin contact and indirect contact such as sharing towels.
What are the symptoms of Molluscum (Molluscum Contagiosum)?
Molluscum contagiosum are small flesh coloured bumps or papules that appear on the skin in warm ,moist places ,particularly around body folds such as the neck or around the groins. Mollusca in several cases induce dermatitis around them and become inflamed and scab over as the papules resolve.
How do you treat Molluscum (Molluscum Contagiosum)?
The molluscum are removed one by one by needle extirpation by removing the roof of the lesion and then removing the infected matter from inside. Molluscum can sometimes be frozen and the process becomes too painful for the children to bear.
Some creams such as those containing hydrogen peroxide can help clear the molluscum more quickly. A newer preparation which contains potassium hydroxide causes a local irritant reaction in the spots. This helps papules to clear up quicker and minimises the visual appearance of Molluscum Contagiosum which is not aesthetically appealing to the patients.