My 4 year old daughter and I both have bumps on our arms and legs. The bumps do not itch, but make the skin very rough. They resemble white-heads. We both swim in the pool alot. We were told that we had mollusca. What is it? How do we treat it?
Thank you for your help in advance.
Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral skin infection caused by a poxvirus.
The lesions usually present as white pearly , dome shaped papules( bumps) in varying sizes.
It's usually a self limiting disease , an average attack would last 6-9 months . Some lesions may persist for years , and can spread to others.
Avoid sharing baths and towels until the lesions are cleared.
beware of transmitting the lesions to someone who has eczema or has an immune deficiency , they tend to develop hundreds of lesions .
if you find the lesions bothersome , a dermatologist may help by curreting them out or freezing them with liquid nitogen . One advise is , don't overtreat them as scarring may occcur.
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