Molluscum Contagiosum Relief in Southern California

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What is Molluscum Contagiosum?
Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral skin infection that causes either single or multiple raised, pearl-like bumps (papules) on the skin. It can be a chronic infection, and therefore, lesions may be present for a few months or even a few years, although in most cases it is resolve in six to nine months.
Causes of Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum Contagiosum is part of the pox virus family and it is contagious through direct skin contact and usually is more common in children. The virus may also be spread by sexual contact and can occur in people with compromised immune systems. Molluscum Contagiosum can be spread through out your body by scratching and rubbing an active lesion and then touching another part of your body.
What Are the Symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum?
Common locations for this virus are on the face, trunk, and limbs of children and on the genitals, abdomens, and inner thighs of adults.

The condition usually results in papules that:
  • Are generally painless, but can itch
  • Are small (2 to 5 millimeter diameter)
  • Have a dimple in the center
  • Are initially firm, dome-shaped, and flesh-colored
  • Become softer with time
  • May turn red and drain over time
  • Have a central core of white, waxy material
For people with a normal immune system, the Molluscum Contagiosum virus typically disappears spontaneously over a period of months to years. In people who have the AIDS virus or other conditions that affect the immune system, the lesions associated with Molluscum Contagiosum can be extensive and especially chronic.

Diagnosing Molluscum Contagiosum
Diagnosis of Molluscum Contagiosum is based on the distinctive appearance of the lesion. If there is any speculation, a skin biopsy can be taken to confirm the diagnosis.
Treatment for Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum Contagiosum is usually self-limited, so treatment is not always necessary. However, individual lesions may be removed by scraping or freezing. Topical medications, such as those used to remove warts, may also be helpful in lesion removal. Your doctor will make that decision once accurate diagnosis is achieved.

Prevention of Molluscum Contagiosum

To prevent molluscum contagiosum, follow these tips:
  • Avoid direct contact skin-to-skin with anyone who may have the condition.
  • Treat underlying eczema in children.
  • Remain sexually abstinent or have a monogamous sexual relationship with an uninfected individual.
Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists offers many procedures and therapies for the treatment of Molluscum Contagiosum. Call us and schedule an appointment to have one of our skin care specialists look at your individual situation and develop a plan for the diagnosis & treatment of this condition.

The information above is intended for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
Temecula :(951) 303-6900
31720 Temecula Parkway, Suite 200
Temecula, CA 92592

Menifee/Sun City: (951) 303-6900
26960 Cheerry Hills Blvd, Suite C
Sun City, CA 92586

La Quinta: (760) 564-8200
79430 Highway 111, Suite 102
La Quinta, CA 92253

Hemet: (951) 929-DERM (3376)
1011 E. Devonshire Ave., Suite 203
Hemet, CA 92543

Moreno Valley: (951) 208-7994
24060 Fir Avenue, Unit B
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Palm Springs: (760) 832-6277
El Mirador Medical Plaza at desert Regional
Medical Center Campus
1180 North India Canyon Drive, Suite #E315
Palm Springs, CA 92262