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Molluscum (Molluscum Contagiosum—MC)

What is it?

Molluscum is caused by a virus, and is also a common infection in children.

How do you get it?

Through skin-to-skin contact. 

Signs and symptoms

The lesions look like waxy pimples and have a dimple in the middle. Sexually transmitted lesions are usually found on the lower abdomen, pubic area and thighs, rather than genitals. Symptoms (if any) usually appear between two and seven weeks after contact.


Molluscum is easily treated by freezing the lumps off the body.


Avoid skin-to-skin contact with molluscum lesions.