What is molluscum contagiosum?
Molluscum is a common skin disease caused by a type of pox virus.
How do I know if I have molluscum?
Molluscum produces small, smooth bumps with a dimple in the center; they may be white, pink or flesh-colored and can contain a cheese-like substance. While often painless, lesions can also be red, itchy and tender. Molluscum are sometimes mistaken for herpes or genital warts.
Many infected people have no symptoms, but are still contagious.
Transmission occurs through skin-to-skin contact with an infected person, either sexually or non-sexually. Lesions may appear seven to 50 days after exposure.
How is molluscum treated?
Treatment is the same as for common warts. Untreated lesions usually last six to 12 months, although they may remain for up to four years before disappearing.