Find out whether or not you have Molluscum Contagiosum and what STD test is recommended using our personalized symptom checker.
contagiosum is a common viral infection that results in raised and
painless lesions or bumps on the skin. It spreads through direct
contact with an infected person or an object. The infection usually
involves skin on any organ of the body, lesions in the male or female
genitalia are considered a sexually transmitted infection. The bumps
usually disappear within a year without any treatment, however, they
may leave scars. Therefore, early diagnosis and prompt treatment is
necessary to avoid a cosmetic problem.
If you scratch these lesions, chances are there that the infection spread to surrounding skin and cause scarring and inflammation of the affected area. In the United States, the largest incidence is in children that range from 14 to 16 episodes per 1000 children per year. 3% of the sexually active males and females also get this infection every year. Test yourself on key clinical aspects with our short quiz to find if you are suffering from possible molluscum contagiosum infection.
No. The virus has to run its course.
Viral. The infection is caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus - a member of the poxvirus family.
Removal. Sometimes no treatment is given. Other times the bumps are removed (scraping, laser, freezing).
6 to 12 months. Untreated symptoms can disappear in 6-12 months.
No. Sexual activity should be avoided until all symptoms have resolved.
Yes. People can be re-infected with the virus repeatedly.