Skin Conditions – Molluscum Contagiosum

This is a common skin condition caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus. It manifests as raised, flesh-coloured, dome shaped papules on the skin, usually with a dimple in the centre. This is a common infection in children and occurs when a child comes into direct contact with a lesion. It is frequently seen on the face, neck, armpit, arms, and hands but may occur anywhere on the body except the palms and soles. The virus can spread through contact with contaminated towels, clothing or toys.

Although most symptoms are self-limiting, it can take up to a year to resolve. Lesions may be removed to reduce the chances of transmission and autoinoculation. Treatment of Molluscum includes curettage and topical antiviral medication.

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