Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral infection of the skin that has a characteristic appearance. It causes bumps on the skin that typically go away on their own after 6-12 months, but sometimes the skin bumps may persist for a few years.
Signs and symptoms of molluscum contagiosum include small, raised, white, pink, or flesh-colored bumps on the skin located anywhere on the body. They may be as small as a pinpoint or as large as a pencil eraser. There may be a dimple in the center of the bumps, and they may take on a pearly appearance. Sometimes the bumps become itchy, swollen, or reddened.
Cause of a molluscum contagiosum
A poxvirus known as the molluscum contagiosum virus causes molluscum contagiosum.
Other molluscum contagiosum symptoms and signs
- Itchy Bumps on the Skin
- Pearly Appearance to the Small Bumps
- Reddened Bumps
- Small, Raised, White, Pink, or Flesh-Colored Bumps on the Skin
- Swollen Bumps
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