Molluscum Contagiosum

What is Molluscum Contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is a relatively common skin condition.

Molluscum contagiosum typically presents as small, firm, papules that can be pink, flesh colored, or white and that have a central dimple. The lesions, called mollusca, are usually painless, but can sometimes be painful or itchy. They can occur anywhere on the body.

As its name implies, molluscum contagiosum is highly contagious and is usually spread from person to person, but can be spread from contact with an inanimate object that an infected person touched. The infection usually self resolves and typically lasts between 4 to 6 months, but can last up to 4 years.

Who is at risk?

A previous history of molluscum contagiosum infection does not lead to resistance, so people with a previous infection are still at risk. Groups of people who are at increased risk of infection with molluscum contagiosum include the following.