It may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but the fact is that molluscum contagiosum is a fairly common skin infection that presents as raised bumps or lesions. It is most commonly found in children from the ages 1 to 10-years, according to the CDC, but can affect the older population too.
While it’s typically not considered dangerous or painful, it can be distressing for the patient and last for a long time. Luckily, there are treatments for the more prominent cases, and the problem often disappears on its own if a person’s immune system in functioning optimally. Here’s what you need to know about it…
What is Molluscum Contagiosum?
The CDC explains the skin condition is caused by a poxvirus, the same virus that once caused smallpox that has been eradicated. The molluscum contagiosum virus itself is benign (not cancerous), adds the source. It is transmitted by coming in contact with someone who is infected, or by touching an infected object.
The source also explains that the mollusca – the medical term for the skin lesions caused by the virus – are tiny but can be as large as a pencil eraser, and can show up in multiple places on the body including the face, it adds. The methods of transmission can change depending on age group.