Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral skin infection of childhood that causes localised clusters of epidermal papules called mollusca.

 

Who gets molluscum contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum mainly affects infants and young children under the age of 10 years. It is more prevalent in warm climates than cool ones, and in overcrowded environments. Adolescents and adults are less often infected.
Mollusca tend to be more numerous and last longer in children who also have atopic eczema, due to deficiencies in the skin barrier. It can be very extensive and troublesome in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIVinfection or that have other reasons for poor immune function.

What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?

There is no single perfect treatment of molluscum contagiosum since we are currently unable to kill the virus. In many cases no specific treatment is necessary.
Physical treatments include:
Picking out the soft white core (note, this could lead to autoinoculation)
Cryotherapy (can leave white marks)
Gentle curettage or electrodessication (can scar)
Laser ablation (can scar).
Medical treatments include:
Antiseptics such as hydrogen peroxide cream or povidone iodine solution
Wart paints containing salicylic acid
Cantharidine solution.
Imiquimod cream and sinecatechins are sometimes used but are unproven.
Secondary dermatitis may be treated symptomatically with a mild topical topical corticosteroid such as hydrocortisone creamDermatitis is unlikely to fully resolve until the molluscum infection has cleared up 
 
Molluscum contagiosum on and around the penis ( from Murtagh ) 
 
 
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