Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection caused by poxvirus, that usually affects children, but can occur at any age. Although it is very contagious and can spread all over the face and body, its harmless. Around 1.8% of world population were infected with MC. Sometimes MC can go away on its own. Usually it takes 7 weeks to develop MC after affecting the skin. Molluscum contagiosum appears as raised  white, pink, or skin colored papules, with small dimple in the middle. They can merge forming clusters. Most common areas are face, armpits, groin, abdomen. MC is transfered by skin-to-skin  or sexual contact or contaminated fomites. Treatment may include curettage, cryotherapy, laser destruction or topical medicine.