Molluscum contagiosum is caused by the poxvirus. It is a benign superficial skin disease which presents as small pearly papules which usually disappear spontaneously within 6 to 12 months but may take as long as 4 years to resolve. Because molluscum contagiosum is self-limited in healthy individuals, treatment may be unnecessary.
Diagnosis is generally made based on the appearance of lesions. Skin biopsy may also be done. Treatment options include cryotherapy, curettage, and laser therapy may be done. Gradual removal of lesions may also be achieved by oral or topical therapy. Other options for topical therapy include iodine and salicylic acid, potassium hydroxide, tretinoin, cantharidin, and imiquimod and must be prescribed by your doctor. Keep the area clean and dry and try to avoid manipulating the lesion to prevent secondary infection.
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