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Symptoms

Molluscum contagiosum is usually a harmless infection that causes small dimpled spots to appear on the skin.

The main symptom of molluscum contagiosum is small, firm spots that have a dimple in the middle. They can be itchy.

Molluscum contagiosum can be treated with liquids and gels but it's not usually recommended because the condition tends to clear up on its own.

To avoid spreading molluscum contagiosum to other people, cover up affected skin, do not scratch the spots and avoid sharing things like towels.

Read more on the NHS website.

The main symptom of molluscum contagiosum is small, firm spots that have a dimple in the middle. They can be itchy.

Symptoms of molluscum contagiosum (MC)

Usually, the only symptom of MC is a number of small, firm, raised papules (spots) on the skin with a characteristic small dimple in the middle. The spots are not painful, but can be itchy.

The spots may develop in small clusters and can be spread across different parts of the body. They're most often found in the armpit, behind the knees or on the groin.

MC can affect a person on more than 1 occasion, but this is uncommon.

Read more on the NHS website.

Molluscum contagiosum can be treated with liquids and gels but it's not usually recommended because the condition tends to clear up on its own.

Medical treatments

Routine treatment for MC, particularly in children, is generally not recommended because:

  • the infection usually clears up on its own
  • the infection does not normally cause any symptoms other than the spots
  • the infection does not usually interfere with everyday activities, such as going to work, swimming or playing sports
  • treatments can be painful and may cause scarring or damage to the surrounding skin

Treatment is usually only recommended for older children and adults when the spots are particularly unsightly and affect quality of life, or for people with weakened immune systems.

In such cases, treatments that may be offered include:

  • liquids, gels or creams that are applied directly to the skin
  • minor procedures such as cryotherapy (where the spots are removed by freezing them)

Read more on the NHS website.

To avoid spreading molluscum contagiosum to other people, cover up affected skin, do not scratch the spots and avoid sharing things like towels.

Read more on the NHS website.