Molluscum contagiosum facts
- Molluscum contagiosum is a very common, contagious, benign skin disorder caused by poxvirus. It has been termed “Water Warts”
- Molluscum contagiosum is often seen in otherwise healthy people and commonly affects children (1-10) and sexually active adults. Disease is limited to humans.
- It is typically found on the trunk arms, and legs and looks like scattered, small, smooth tan or pink bumps.
- Molluscum contagiosum is easily curable in most cases and may clear on its own without treatment. I would typically just clean it with an alcohol astringent.
- Multiple treatments and ongoing maintenance therapy may be necessary. It may spread via “autoinoculation”.
- Molluscum contagiosum is often treated with freezing with liquid nitrogen, Laser, Astringents such as potassium hydrochloride and cantharidin, Tea tree oil, tretinoin, and curretage.
- Molluscum contagiosum is prevented with optimal skin hygiene.
- Imiquiod (Aldara) 5% cream or Retinoids/antivirals applied topically are some additional options, however most people have complete clearing in 2-4 months regardless.