Molluscum Contagiosum


What is molluscum contagiosum?

Molluscum is caused by a virus that can be transferred by direct skin to skin contact with someone who has the infection. It may or may not be transmitted though sexual contact.

How do you know if you have molluscum?

Molluscum causes pimple-like lumps that re firm and painless which can appear in the genital area as well as other parts of the body. They usually appear within two to seven weeks of contact with someone who has molluscum.

How do you test for molluscum?

Molluscum is detected by careful examination of the skin. Molluscae have a distinctive appearance, but may sometimes be confused with warts.

 

Molluscum contagiosum on male genetals
Molluscum contagiosum on male genetals
Molluscum contagiosum on female face
Molluscum contagiosum on facial area

Is there any treatment for molluscum?

Molluscum is easily treated by freezing the lump(s). Alternatively the core of the lump which contains the virus can be extracted with a fine needle.

What if it’s not treated?

The lumps may spontaneously disappear but may also spread. Molluscum does not pose serious health problems.

What about partners?

It is likely that they will also have molluscae, but this is not always the case. It may be advisable for sexual partners to see a doctor or sexual health service for a check-up if they have any unexplained lumps or itches

 

 

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