Molluscum Contagiosum

Molloscum Contagiosum

 

  • Sounds like a spell from the world of Harry Potter. However, means soft contagious lesion in latin. 
  • Caused by a viral infection of the skin
  • Can occur at any age but predominantly found in children
  • Generally harmless and resolves with NO treatment over a period of months. This process is slow and can take up to 18 months.
  • They commonly spread from a few isolated lesions to around a dozen

 

Is there a treatment?
  • No treatment is necessary unless they become infected by a bacterial infection. This usually occurs if the individual squeezes or scratches the lesions. Signs of bacterial infection include redness, swelling or pain. If this occurs please seek further assistance.
  • Do NOT squeeze the lesions as this can increase the chance of spread and result in scarring

 

Is it contagious? 
  • It can be spread but the risk of this occuring is minimal during normal activities. 
  • It's not necessary to stay away from work, school or nursery, or to stop doing activities such as swimming if you have MC.

 

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