Baby molluscum cotaggiosum

Is it Molluscum?

What are these flesh colored lesions on my baby´s skin?

Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection that spreads most often via skin to skin contact with the virus. In adults, it can be transmitted sexually, but children between the ages of one and ten are more likely to contract the condition through regular contact. Less commonly, the virus can be transmitted through clothing or towels, or spread from one area of the body to another.

Molluscum is generally easy to diagnose as they have a very specific appearance on the skin. Flesh colored lesions that are dome shaped appear typically in multiples over the affected skin. Many people describe them as pearly. These lesions can cause infection, and are considered active, until it leaves the skin, which can take up to 6 months.

Treating Molluscum

Generally, it is thought that treatment for Molluscum is unnecessary. They are self-limiting, and will eventually leave the body without any complications. Aside from cosmetic issues, the lesions generally are not bothersome, and do not itch unless otherwise irritated. Most treatments involve physical removal via freezing or surgical excision, both which risk scarring.

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