Molluscum Contagiosum Cleveland

Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin infection.  Caused by a virus that spreads easily between people, molluscum is usually harmless.  It does, however, cause growths that can form anywhere on the skin.  These growths appear approximately several weeks to a few months after you come into contact with the virus.

Molluscum contagiosum growths on the skin can be small and shiny, round or dome-shaped, white, pink, or flesh-colored, dimpled or indented in the center or smooth and firm.  The growths can become red and swollen.  Sometimes, they even feel sore or itch, but this is less common.

Anyone exposed to the molluscum virus may develop the disease. It is a common skin infection in children.  Children get it from skin-to-skin contact with other children who have the virus.  Adults most often get the infection through contact with a towel, gym mat or equipment, or clothing that previously touched a growth on someone’s skin.

Your dermatologist will do a visual examination of your growths to determine if they are molluscum.  The condition is generally easier to control if treatment starts early, when the first growths appear.  Your dermatologist will talk to you about whether or not treatment is appropriate for you.