Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection caused by a virus. It causes a distinct raised rash frequently seen in the pediatric population.
- Small, firm, pink to skin colored raised lesions
- Lesions are not painful and not usually itchy
- Sometimes a cheesy core can be expressed
- Can be found anywhere on body except palms of hands and soles of feet
- Lesions usually resolve on own without treatment
- Resolution can take months to years
- The lesions are contagious, so lesions should be covered while child is at school or daycare
- Avoid scratching or popping lesions as this can cause more lesions on the body and increase risk of transmission to others
- If lesions occur close to eyes, immediate referral to dermatology for treatment
- If no improvement after 6 months-1 year, referral to dermatology
- Topical treatments
If you think your child may have molluscum contagiosum and would like it evaluated, please contact the clinic to schedule a virtual visit.