The molluscum contagiosum is a common viral disease affecting the skin and occasionally the eyes.

It can affect people of any age, but affects mainly children, sexually active adults, and those who for some reason do not have a strong immune system. The age that occurs most often in children between one and 10 years. It does not always require treatment. The molluscum contagiosum virus belongs to the poxvirus family and called Molluscum Contagiosum Virus (MCV). only colonize humans. There are four types of virus: MCV-1, MCV-2, MCV-3 and MCV-4. The most common is the virus MCV-1 while the MCV-2 is detected most frequently in adults and sexually transmitted.

What symptoms has the molluscum contagiosum

The lesions of molluscum contagiosum are small pimples, size 1-10 mm like lumps, olives or pearls. They are round, white and shiny papules (arched) with omphalos center, containing a viscous material, the particle contagiosum. Many parents confuse the molluscum contagiosum with the wart. But warts often appear on paws as blackheads and painful as if someone has pressed something sharp.


Molluscum contagiosum look like pimples that have “white head”. The pimple of molluscum contagiosum, shows a central imprint as navel. If elicit the roof of the damage, we observe a whitish semi-hard (thick) particle, which is the identity of the disease. If squeeze white corpuscle, blood spurting, fueling numerous colony of the disease virus. Initially the molluscum contagiosum appears as a small pimple few millimeters (1-10 mm) in skin color and is soft to the touch. Then it grows, it becomes harder and displays omphalos center (center like the navel). Children Pimples occur mainly on the face, trunk and limbs. The disease tends to be worse in children with eczema.

In adults pimples occur mostly around the genitals, the inside of the thighs, in the anal area, armpits and belly. Pimples usually appear in clothes friction points such as the neck, armpit and body, but the face, hands, feet and genitals. Pimples of molluscum contagiosum usually painless unless infected or inflamed. Often can cause itching (itching).

How is molluscum contagiosum is transmitted

Molluscum contagiosum is usually transmitted by skin contact (often through sex among adults) and with commonly used items such as clothes, towels, sheets etc. It can be spread by dirty water and sand which lie down when you swim in the summer. It occurs most often in children who play sports in swimming pools and gyms as well as in children with dry skin. Under the pimple inside the part, there is a colony of the disease virus. Moreover the virus is transmitted to the same individual from one body part to another with the touch-scratching, a process called autoinoculation.

The molluscum contagiosum can be started from a pimple and autoinoculation be done, usually up to 20, and more. The time where someone can be stuck until the skin lesions can be up to 6 months but the average apparent 2-7 weeks (incubation time). The last decade has increased the transmission of the virus through sex adults. Finally, you should know that the most common viruses that can be stuck through one of the sand is the wart virus and molluscum contagiosum.

Responses to molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a direct visit to the dermatologist. The diagnosis is difficult, and in many instances treatment is not necessary as the disease resolves itself and leaves scars (the body develops antibodies to the virus).

If the spots start to become inflamed or ulcerate, the doctor may recommend mild cortisone creams.

Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen is effective but causes pain when applied and excessive use can cause complications.

The surgical treatment consists in removing and crushing injuries with forceps (scraping) and then applying tincture of iodine, but it is a painful process and children usually done under local or general anesthesia.

Another effective alternative therapy is the use laser but also because it causes local anesthesia applied pain.

How many sessions will be needed and when to show the first results

The number of sessions varies from 1-2, depending on the severity of each incident. The first treatment is improving and depending on the extent of the problem and determined the total sessions.