What Is Molluscum Contagiosum?
Most commonly a pediatric issue, molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that causes either single or multiple raised and skin-colored pearl-like bumps (papules) on the skin. The papules have indentations or dimples in their centers. Molluscum contagiosum is a chronic infection and lesions may persist from a few months to a few years.
What Is Treatment Like?
Dr. Wechsler has a unique way of treating this condition. We apply topical numbing cream which we then tape for better penetration; we then let it “sit” for at least 30 minutes. Dr. Wechsler, while wearing magnifying glasses, carefully and thoroughly removes each lesion with a sterile instrument. She has found this treatment to be most effective for the treatment of molluscum.*
What Causes Molluscum Contagiosum?
The condition is caused by a virus (molluscum contagiosum virus) that is part of the pox virus family. The virus is contagious through direct contact and is more common in children. As children become older, their immune system becomes better at clearing the virus. However, the virus can also be spread by sexual contact and can occur in people with weakened immune systems. It can spread on a single individual through scratching and rubbing.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of This Condition?
Common locations for the papules are on the faces, trunks and limbs of children. In adults, common locations are the genitals, abdomen and inner thighs. The condition usually results in papules. Oftentimes, molluscum contagiosum:
- Are itchy, but usually painless.
- Are small (2 to 5 millimeter diameter). However, people with immunodeficiencies can develop larger lesions.
- Have a dimple in the center.
- Are firm, dome-shaped and flesh-colored.
- Have a central core of white, waxy material.
Molluscum Contagiosum Treatment in NYC
We treat a full range of skin conditions and address your overall well-being. If you or your child has molluscum, schedule an appointment with Dr. Wechsler. To schedule a consultation, contact us at 212-396-2500 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.