Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection of the skin caused by the pox virus. It is very common infection in children aged one to ten years old. The skin infection can also affect adults and at times mucous membranes. Molluscum is common on the trunk, arms, and legs. It is spread through direct contact or shared items such as towels and clothing.
If you’re concerned about certain skin conditions, please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088. Dr. Michele S. Green, a board certified NYC dermatologist, practices the latest techniques at the forefront of skin care to give you the look that you deserve.
Molloscum generally spreads from person to person in direct skin-to-skin contact. The virus can speak from one part of the body to another. It can also spread from exposed objects such as clothing. The incubation time is generally 2 to 6 weeks from exposure.
Diagnosis is generally made clinically by Dr. Green. A dome shaped, red or pearly, umbilicated papule is present singly or in groups. Often, there is secondary infection around the lesion from scratching. Patients tend to have eczema around the lesions in approximately 10% of cases. In a process called autoinoculation, the virus may spread to neighboring skin area. Children are very susceptible to autoinoculation and may have many groups of lesions on the body.
There are various mechanical and chemical methods for destruction of these lesions. The pulsed dye laser (V-Beam®) has been shown to be a highly effective method for treating molloscum as well with no scarring. Dr. Michele Green will discuss with you in consultation the best method for your individual case.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 if you’re ready to learn more about treating molluscum contagiosum.