Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection caused by the poxvirus. It commonly occurs in childhood characterised by groups of skin color papules.


Molluscum contagiosum is caused by poxvirus. It can be spread by direct skin to skin contact, sharing towels or toys, self scratching or shaving. The incubation period is around two weeks but can be up to six months.

Symptoms and signs:

Molluscum contagiosum usually appear as smooth skin colour papules from 1mm to 3mm and in groups. There may be a central pit on top of the papule. They may appear in large numbers on the moist and warm areas such as the groin, knees, armpits and genitals.
Molluscum contagiosum can be complicated by secondary bacterial infection and scarring.


Molluscum contagiosum can be treated by salicylic acid, cryotherapy, laser, curettage and cautery.

General Care:
Molluscum contagiosum can be prevented by washing hands, avoid scratching, sharing towels or clothing. The lesions should be covered by bandages or clothing