Molluscumcontagiosum is a relatively common viral infection of the skin that results in
round, firm, painless bumps that range from the size of a pinhead to a pencil eraser. If
scratched or injured, the infection can spread to surrounding skin.
Though most common in children, molluscumcontagiosum can affect adults as well —
particularly those who haveweak immune systems. In adults, molluscumcontagiosum
involving the genitals is considered a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Molluscumcontagiosum spreads through direct person-to-person contact and through contact
with contaminated objects. The bumps associated with molluscumcontagiosum usually
disappear within a year without treatment but there is also the option of doctor-assisted
Molluscumcontagiosum results in raised, round, flesh-colored bumps on the skin. The bumps
are small — typically under about a quarter inch (approximately 2 to 5 millimeters) in
diameter. Characteristically, the bumps have a small indentation or dot at the top& can
become red and inflamed. They can easily be removed by scratching or rubbing which can
spread the virus to adjacent skin.
In children, the bumps typically appear on the face, neck, armpits, hands and arms. In adults,
molluscumcontagiosum may be a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and is usually seen on
the genitals, lower abdomen, inner upper thighs and buttocks