Molluscum Contagiosum
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 Molluscum Contagiosum

 Molluscum Contagiosum

What is Molluscum Contagiosum ?

Molluscum Contagiosum
Fig. 1 The small discrete pearly-white growths of molluscum contagiosum affecting the face

  • This is a skin infection caused by a pox virus.
  • It is a common infection in children.
  • It is transmitted by skin contact with an infected person.

What are the signs of Molluscum Contagiosum ?

  • The infection presents as small discrete, round, pearly-white growths on the skin.
  • There may be single or multiple growths on the skin. These growths are usually symptomless.

Common sites of infection are the eyelids, neck, trunk and anogenital area.

How can the infection be eradicated ?

They are best treated by your doctor with:

  • a) Trichloroacetic acid applications or
  • b) Liquid nitrogen applications or
  • c) Light electrosurgery

By National Skin Centre (Singapore)
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Last updated on 28 Oct 2013

Last updated on 28 Oct 2013