Molluscum Contagiosum

Presido Dermatology | San Francisco Pediatric DermatologyMolluscum contagiosum is another common viral infection in childhood.  The virus is transmitted by contact, especially when sharing towels or when skin-to-skin contact occurs.  Molluscum appear as small skin colored bumps that sometimes become inflamed and red.  Occasionally, a rash can arise in the area of the molluscum that can cause itch.

Treatment for molluscum is varied.  Mild cases can be left to heal on their own, but more severe cases often need to be treated.  Average time for resolution of molluscum without treatment is about one year.  Treatment modalities include in-office topical treatment, curettage (scraping) or freezing.  Depending on your child’s age, our physicians will help decide the best approach to treatment.

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