Molluscum contagiosum is a common condition where small warty bumps appear on the skin. It is caused by a virus that can be passed on by skin contact or from contaminated towels, soft toys, bathwater etc. It is not serious and usually clears within 12-18 months without any treatment (although there have been cases of mollusca lasting longer than two years). The skin develops small lumps which are pearly-white or slightly pink. A tiny dimple often develops on the top of each molluscum and if you squeeze a molluscum, a white cheesy fluid comes out. They develop most commonly in children. For some, the main concern is that the mollusca can look unsightly. Most children are not bothered by them but they can develop an itchy surrounding rash which then will require treatment.
The dermatologists at Atlantic Dermatology and Laser will assess the best modality of treatment based on your preference to treat, the number of lesions, where they are situated and how long they have been there for. Even if left entirely to their own devices, these mollusca can leave little “pox-like” marks. It is also important to note that they become inflamed and can look really angry before they resolve. We will discuss all options ranging from treating them surgically to in-office cantharidin applications, laser, topical immune-modulating creams to oral supplements to aid your body to get rid of them faster. We understand that although they are not harmful to your health that they can affect self-confidence and we will be your allies in getting rid of them.