Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum is a common and contagious skin infection that is caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus. On its own, it is harmless and non-cancerous, however it can be easily spread by skin-to-skin contact or by contact with infected objects. Molluscum is primarily seen in children, but adults can get it too.


Molluscum is usually characterized by multiple, small, and firm bumps. The bumps are smooth, flesh-colored, with a small divot in the center. These bumps can be itchy, but are usually not painful. Bumps appear anywhere on the body, but are often found on the trunk, face, and limbs.


Molluscum can resolve on its own, but it can take up to 24 months. If identified by a medical provider, they can be treated with cryotherapy, topical medications, and minor surgical procedures.  Typically, molluscum requires multiple treatments.

When to make an appointment

If you're unsure whether a skin growth is molluscum, if you have a molluscum that has not resolved on its own, or if your molluscum is bothersome, Contact us for evaluation.