How many of you have children who have had small pearly bumps on their face, arms, legs, or stomach? They may have gone away on their own or you may have gone to see a medical provider. These are/were most likely molluscum contagiosum.
Molluscum are small, pink, pearly bumps that often have a central indentation. Molluscum are caused by a viral infection and are most commonly found in children less than 10 years of age. They are typically more common in warmer climates and in crowded areas. They can be spread through several methods. Direct skin to skin contact and sharing of items like towels is the most common way. Adults may also spread molluscum through sexual contact.
Molluscum are commonly associated with dry skin and eczema. This is because scratching can cause the spread of the virus. Scratching may also result in bacterial infections as this can create micro injury or overt abrasions. It is important to treat these underlying conditions to prevent the spread or worsening of molluscum.
Most molluscum will resolve on their own without treatment, however, there are multiple treatment options to accelerate the resolution process. Molluscum can be treated with liquid nitrogen, paint on blistering solutions, prescription creams, and curettage. Age of the patient and location of the growth both play an important role in how your provider will decide on best treating these growths.
If you or your children have molluscum contagiosum and are interested in treatment options, any one of our excellent providers would be happy to take care of you.
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Ryan Crowder, MPAS, PA-C