Molluscum contagiosum is a skin disorder that affects the body, arms and legs, and sometimes the face and mouth. Molluscum contagiosum can be spread by skin-to-skin contact, or sharing clothing or towels. It can also be sexually transmitted. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, you may have molluscum contagiosum and should contact a doctor to ensure that your diagnosis is correct.
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Check to see if you have any bumps on your body, arms, legs or face. If you have molluscum contagiosum, these bumps will be the same colour as your flesh, but sometimes shiny or opalescent.
Measure the size of the bumps with a ruler. If you are infected with molluscum contagiosum, the bumps will be approximately 1 to 6 millimetres in diameter.
Gently run your finger along the bumps. Do the bumps itch or hurt? Generally, mulluscum contagiosum will itch, but is not usually painful to the touch. Do not scratch or pick the bumps, as doing so will prolong the infection.
Check for dry skin around the area of the bumps. In some cases of molluscum contagiosum, eczema will form a ring around the infection.
Wait to see if the infection worsens. If you have a mild case of molluscum contagiosum, the irritations probably will not last longer than a few months. Although it is possible that molluscum contagiosum will go away on its own, medical treatment is necessary if the symptoms last more than two months.
How to Identify Molluscum Contagiosum
Tips and warnings
- Consult a doctor to be sure if you have molluscum contagiosum.
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