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Molluscum Contagiosum

What is molluscum contagiosum?

  • It is a viral skin disease that is similar to warts.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Small flesh colored bumps on the skin
  • Often are tine, hard, indented, seed like center
  • May spread by children who scratch the bumps and touch other surfaces or people.

Incubation and Contagious Period

  • Incubation period usually occurs between two to seven weeks and might last for up to six months.
  • Contagious period is currently unknown.

How is the disease spread?

  • Close person to person contact
  • Direct contact from objects such as towels

How is it controlled?

  • Wash hands immediately after touching the bumps on the skin.
  • Do not share objects such as towels that has been used by an infected person.
  • Scratching the bumpy areas of the skin may cause the disease to spread to other areas of the body.
  • It usually goes away by itself within a few months as the person begins to develop antibodies to the virus.
  • Treatments are available, but may be less effective against the disease.
  • Mildly contagious and most likely to spread to other parts of the affected person’s body, than to other people.
  • They do not need to be covered up like other oozing sores.
  • Treatment is a personal choice.

Caregiver, Teacher, and Family Roles

  • Always practice good hand hygiene, especially after any contact with the bumps.
  • Do not let children pick at the bumps on their skin because they could cause an opening in the skin and develop a bacterial infection.

Group Settings

It is unnecessary to exclude the child from group settings

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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