Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum is a contagious viral skin infection. Small painless lesions may appear anywhere on the body, but more often on the thighs, buttocks, lower abdomen, genitals or anal region. The lesions often have a central depression and are commonly the color of your skin and more firm to the touch. It is spread through direct person to person contact.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Often confused with genital warts
  • Small painless lesions, often with central depression
  • Firm lesions that may be natural skin color, gray, white, yellow or pink


  • May go away on its own without treatment
  • Removal or treatment by a healthcare provider


  • Avoiding scratching lesions which may lead to spreading to other parts of the body
  • Avoid contact with infected person
  • Avoid sharing personal items, clothing, towels, etc with infected person
  • Cover lesions during outbreak to avoid spreading to others
  • Wash hands frequently


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