Molluscum contagiosum

Common Name(s)

Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a mild skin disease caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV). This condition is relatively common, causing small bumps to raise on the skin, which can appear anywhere on the body. These bumps are pearl-like and lightly colored. They can be as small as a pinhead to no larger than an average pencil eraser. A doctor can diagnose the condition by looking at the bumps and by taking a small tissue sample (biopsy) for further examination.

It is common for the area around the bumps to be red and itchy. If these bumps develop, affected individuals should try to resist the urge to scratch or pick, because the virus can be spread to other parts of the body. The virus can also be spread from one person to another by direct physical contact or by objects that have been contaminated with the virus, such as towels or clothing. As such, people who live in crowded, warm areas are more likely to be in contact with the virus. Most people with this disease only develop about 10 to 20 bumps, but those with a weakened immune system, such as those with AIDS, can have 100 or more bumps.

Since the virus lives in the upper layers of the skin, it is only contagious when the bumps are visible, and not contagious once the bumps disappear. For most people, these bumps often go away without treatment within 2 to 4 months. However, it is sometimes possible for them to reappear up to six months after.

The best way to avoid this condition, or prevent its spread once contracted, is to practice good hygiene habits. Frequent hand washes, not scratching the bumps and keeping them covered under clothing, keeping the skin dry and clean and not sharing personal items with others are all ways to prevent the spread of the virus. If you have been diagnosed with molluscum contagiosum, speak with a doctor about the most current treatment options available.

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The STD Project

Established in April of 2012 during STD Awareness Month, The STD Project is a multi-award-winning independent website and progressive movement eradicating STD stigma by facilitating and encouraging awareness, education, and acceptance through story-telling and resource recommendations. We are taking steps toward modern-day sexual health and prevention by advocating for conscientious and informed decisions.

Last Updated: 11 Jul 2016

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Following organizations serve the condition "Molluscum contagiosum" for support, advocacy or research.

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The STD Project

Established in April of 2012 during STD Awareness Month, The STD Project is a multi-award-winning independent website and progressive movement eradicating STD stigma by facilitating and encouraging awareness, education, and acceptance through story-telling and resource recommendations. We are taking steps toward modern-day sexual health and prevention by advocating for conscientious and informed decisions.

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Last Updated: 11 Jul 2016

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Molluscum contagiosum" returned 136 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Confluent Atypical Molluscum Contagiosum Causing Disfigurement in a Human Immunodeficiency Virus Patient.
 

Author(s): Guang Wen Yin, Jing Li

Journal: Ann. Acad. Med. Singap.. 2017 Jan;46(1):37-38.

 

Last Updated: 9 Feb 2017

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Intralesional 5-fluorouracil: Novel therapy for extensive molluscum contagiosum in an immunocompetent adult.
 

Author(s): Vishalakshi Viswanath, Ronak Jagdeep Shah, Jinal Lakhamshi Gada

Journal: Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. ;83(2):265-266.

 

Last Updated: 17 Nov 2016

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Widespread Molluscum Contagiosum with Atopic Dermatitis-like Skin Manifestations.
 

Author(s): Sakiko Chikazawa, Sayaka Takai, Aiko Furuya, Tamaki Kato, Osamu Ohara, Takashi Hashimoto, Shigeaki Nonoyama, Takahiro Satoh

Journal: Acta Derm. Venereol.. 2017 02;97(2):291-292.

 

Last Updated: 18 Aug 2016

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The terms "Molluscum contagiosum" returned 7 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Molluscum contagiosum of the eyelid: case report in a man receiving methotrexate and literature review of molluscum contagiosum in patients who are immunosuppressed secondary to methotrexate or HIV infection.
 

Author(s): Bryce David Beutler, Philip R Cohen

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Molluscum contagiosum is a benign viral infection of the skin. Lesions typically present as dome-shaped, flesh-colored, umbilicated papules that range in size from 1 to 5 millimeters in diameter. They are usually asymptomatic, but can become tender or pruritic. Children and immunocompromised ...

Last Updated: 4 May 2016

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Modulation of NF-кB transcription factor activation by Molluscum contagiosum virus proteins.
 

Author(s): Justyna Struzik, Lidia Szulc-Dąbrowska, Marek Niemiałtowski

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Molluscum contagiosum virus is a human and animal dermatotropic pathogen, which causes a severe disease in immunocompromised individuals. MCV belongs to the Poxviridae family whose members exert immunomodulatory effects on the host antiviral response. Poxviruses interfere with cell ...

Last Updated: 4 Feb 2014

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Molluscum contagiosum of the areola and nipple: case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Brian S Hoyt, Jaime A Tschen, Philip R Cohen

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Molluscum contagiosum is a common cutaneous infection caused by a double-stranded DNA poxvirus. Skin lesions classically present as small, flesh-colored papules with central umbilication. Lesions are frequently seen on the face, trunk, and extremities of children, or on the genitals ...

Last Updated: 9 Sep 2013

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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A Study of VBP-245 in Pediatric Patients With Molluscum Contagiosum
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Molluscum Contagiosum

 

Last Updated: 7 Mar 2017

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Evaluation of Systemic Exposure to VP-102 in Subjects With Molluscum Contagiosum.
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Molluscum Contagiosum

 

Last Updated: 13 Jun 2017

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Last Updated: 16 May 2017

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