Published on Jul 27, 2016 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2019 - 2 min read
Molluscum contagiosum is a contagious viral infection, which results in raised nodules on the skin. Learn about its clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment.
Molluscum contagiosum in adults, a sexually transmitted disease (STD), is described as asymptomatic pimples over the genitalia by most of the patients. It is basically caused by Molluscum contagiosum virus, a DNA virus of the poxvirus family. It spreads by close contact commonly with the children, the immunocompromised and increasingly younger adults, in the latter as a sexually transmitted disease. The incidence peaks at 5-10 years of age.
The disease is chronic, whereas autoinoculation and shaving spread it. The inflammation, trauma and secondary infection, promote its spontaneous cure. In atopic individuals, eczema may develop around the healed lesions.
Despite the eventual spontaneous resolution, particularly in the children, treatment does help to minimize autoinoculation and prevent transmission to others. Young adults should be evaluated for concomitant sexually transmitted disease and their partners have to get treated in order to prevent reinfection.
Recurrent or recalcitrant lesions in the HIV or immunocompromised have been treated with the following:
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