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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is molluscum contagiosum?

A contagious, viral disease that causes round firm lumps to appear 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

  • Blisters

  • Skin hardening

  • Skin abnormality

Questions your doctor may ask to check for molluscum contagiosum

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose molluscum contagiosum

  • Do you have blisters on your skin?

  • Do you have hardening of the skin?

  • 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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