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Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a common contagious skin infection. The factor is the “Pox” virus and is transmitted with direct contact or the use of shared items. Transmission from swimming pools is also common in children. It can be observed especially in the genital area following sexual contact in adults. It is observed in the form of umbilicated blisters, tan-colored and 2-6 mm in diameter, and usually less than 20 in number. However, it can be in much larger sizes and numbers in people with atopic dermatitis or those using immunosuppressives.

The diagnosis of molluscum contagiosum is easy. The most successful and simple treatment method is to squeeze the lesions with a forceps and evacuate the cheesy material inside. This extracted material is highly contagious. Removing the material from the area and wiping the skin with an antiseptic is enough. Anesthetizing the area with topical anesthetics in children increases the compliance of the child with the treatment. Cryotherapy (cold treatment) and cauterization are among other treatment options.