Common Symptoms

  • Raised dome shaped bumps on the skin
  • Bumps are flesh colored with small dimple/indentation in the center
  • Can develop anywhere on the body except the palms and soles
  • Painless and not itchy

Molluscum Contagiosum is caused by a poxvirus. It is a harmless rash that is common in childhood. It is spread by direct contact with the skin of an affected person. Infection can also be spread on bath sponges or towels or through skin contact during participation in contact sports. Most often Molluscum bumps require no treatment. There are some treatments used for Molluscum, however they may cause pain or skin irritation at the site they are applied. Molluscum often resolves without treatment in 6 months-2 years. During the healing phase they may become inflamed but usually antibiotic treatment is not needed.