What Are the Complications & Risks of Molluscum Contagiosum?


Complications

Molluscum contagiosum does not have any serious complications associated with it. However, scratching of the rash can lead to bacterial infections.

Partners and Re-infection

The infection can be easily transferred to partners even with condom use. Re-infection is always a possibility and care should be taken to avoid exposure.

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Recurrence

Individual lesions generally disappear in 2-4 weeks; however, the condition can take longer to resolve entirely. Roughly 35% of patients have what appears to be a recurrence, but it is not clear if it is true recurrence or a re-infection or a case of the virus that had not completely resolved yet.

Mark Riegel, MD
Mark Riegel, MD
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