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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is molluscum contagiosum?

A contagious viral disease that causes round firm lumps on the skin. It can spread across the body by scratching. The lumps usually disappear by themselves within one year, though rarely they may persist.

Symptoms of molluscum contagiosum

  • Skin hardening

  • Blisters

  • Fever

  • Skin problem on the arm

  • Right hypochondriac region swelling

  • Hepatosplenomegaly

  • Skin abnormality

  • Skin problem of the legs, in the area between thigh and ankle

Questions your doctor may ask to check for molluscum contagiosum

  • Do you have skin hardening?

  • Do you have skin blisters?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have skin problems on your arm/wrist?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

Treatment for molluscum contagiosum

The lumps usually disappear without treatment after 6 to 12 months. Creams or small procedures can be done to remove the lump too. Patients should avoid scratching or sharing towels as this can spread the infection.

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References

  • Leung AKC, Barankin B, Hon KLE. Molluscum Contagiosum: An Update. Recent Pat Inflamm Allergy Drug Discov. 2017;11(1):22-31. doi: 10.2174/1872213X11666170518114456. PMID: 28521677.

    http://www.eurekaselect.com/article/83529

  • Stefanovic S, Yang D, Draganov PV. Anal Molluscum Contagiosum. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2021 Dec;19(12):A28. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2020.07.059. Epub 2020 Aug 3. PMID: 32758555.

    https://www.cghjournal.org/article/S1542-3565(20)31069-7/fulltext

  • Kim A, Jeon J, Song HJ, Baek YS. Molluscum Contagiosum Superimposed on Lymphangioma Circumscriptum. Cutis. 2021 Oct;108(4):E14-E15. doi: 10.12788/cutis.0376. PMID: 34847008.

    https://www.mdedge.com/dermatology/article/247863/infectious-diseases/molluscum-contagiosum-superimposed-lymphangioma

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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

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Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

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Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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