A highly contagious viral infection, molluscum contagiosum is most commonly seen in children. While the lesions may eventually clear on their own, treatment by Dr. Dolder at Greenwich Point Dermatology in Greenwich, CT, can aid in a more swift recovery and reduces the risk of spreading the infection to others.
What are the signs and symptoms of mollsucm contagiousum?
Molluscum contagiosum manifests as small pink or skin-color bumps anywhere on the body, about seven weeks post-exposure to the virus. While it occurs most often in children, adults can also contract the virus, getting smooth, waxy bumps on the face, neck, armpits, arms, and hands.
What are my treatment options for molluscum contagiosum?
While the lesions may eventually clear on their own, it can take anywhere from six months to several years to do so.
Treatment options for molluscum contagiosum depend on the severity of the condition. These options include:
- topical cantharidin
- antiviral medications