Molluscum contagiosum

Signs and Symptoms

The only visible sign of molluscum contagiosum is the presence of small, round, pink, or white skin the surface of the skin. These protuberances have the central part filled with a white, waxy pus that contains the virus and may shine and look pearly.

The mollusks begin as tiny, approximately the size of a head of pin, and then grow over several weeks, becoming larger protrusions that can reach the volume of a large pea or the erasers eraser attached to the end of some pencils. A small slit (or dimple) is often formed on the top of the nodule, hence the molluscs are said to be "umbilized."

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Molluscs can appear in isolation, as a single protuberance , or in groups, clusters or rows. They can occur on almost any part of the skin, but in children they usually appear on the chest, stomach, arms (including armpits), legs, groin, genital area and face.

p> In adolescents and adults who have sex, the protrusions are usually located in the genital area or the inner side of the thighs. Mollusks develop around the eyes or mouth.

Most people develop between 1 and 20 mollusks. They are not usually painful, but they can start to itch, redden, swell, hurt and become infected, especially if the affected person scratches them.


The pediatrician is likely to recognize molluscum contagiosus with the naked eye, observing the eruption. It is possible to send the patient to a dermatologist, a doctor who specializes in skin diseases.