What is Molluscum Contagiosum?
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Frequently Asked Questions
Molluscum is a skin infection that produces small bumps on the skin. While not usually painful, these fluid-filled bumps can become red, itchy and inflamed.
How serious is Molluscum Contagiosum?
Although it can be spread easily and may persist for a long time, it’s considered mild as far as skin infections go. Despite this, it can still be uncomfortable and unsightly.
What causes Molluscum Contagiosum?
Molluscum is caused by a virus from the poxvirus family, appropriately called the Molluscum Contagiosum Virus (MCV).
Is Molluscum Contagiosum contagious?
Yes, it is highly contagious.
How does Molluscum Contagiosum spread?
Molluscum is spread to others through direct skin-to-skin contact or sharing personal items with someone who is infected. The fluid inside the bumps can spread the virus to other parts of your body as well.
How will I know when I'm not contagious anymore?
When all the bumps are gone, you don’t have Molluscum Contagiosum and are no longer contagious. As long as you have bumps on your skin, you can transmit it to others.
How long does it take to go away on it's own?
Everyone is different. Often, bumps will disappear on their own in 6 to 12 months, but some people have had it for years.
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