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Information About Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a virus that infects the skin, causing undesireable bumps or lesions to appear on the infected areas of the skin. The disease is very contagious, hence the name "contagiosum". The virus is transmitted from one person to the other through contact. This can be through touching the infected person directly, or by sharing clothing, pillows, towels, etc. with someone who is infected.

Molluscum Contagiosum SymptomsAdvanced Molluscum Contagiosum Bumps


Within two to four weeks of infection (or sometimes even more), tiny pearl shaped bumps start appearing on the infected skin. The bumps are whitish in color, smooth, and shiny, making them look lilke small pearly beads.  They are raised a bit over the skin and can be felt easily by touch. Over the next few weeks, those bumps will transform into ugly-looking large red bumps, usually with a white tip. They are now significantly raised over the skin, giving your skin a bumpy feel.


Molluscum contagiosum is very contagious, so you must handle it with care to avoid transmitting it to other people or even to other parts of your body. Simply rubbing the bumps and touching someone else with your fingers can infect them, especially if they have a weakened immune system, or you happen to touch them on a cut.


Molluscum contagiosum is not considered a dangerous virus because it has no adverse effects or symptoms. It is mostly an annoyance, especially from a cosmetic perspective. The bumps, if visible, make people nervous and make the infected people very self-aware. Other than cosmetic annoyance, the bumps can be itchy at times. If scratched repeatedly, the surrounding skin can break and result in a more serious infection that may require medical attention. You should be extra wary with children because it may be difficult to convince them not to scratch. Scratching can cause a more serious infection, not to mention the fact that it will spread the virus even more.



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