Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection of the skin that causes small pearly or flesh-colored bumps. The bumps may be red and inflamed, and are often indented.
The bumps are most often found on the trunk, face, eyelids, or genital area in temperate climates and on extremities in the tropics. In children, bumps usually appear on the trunk, face, and arms. In sexually active teens and young adults, the bumps are usually located in the genital area.
Current as of: August 2, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine