A viral skin infection that results in round, firm, painless bumps. The condition spreads through contact with an infected person or a contaminated object. Though painless, the small bumps might itch. Scratched bumps can spread the infection to surrounding skin. The bumps usually disappear on their own. In rare cases, the bumps can be removed using medications or other procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions

Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus (the molluscum contagiosum virus) that is part of the pox virus family. The virus is contagious through direct contact and is more common in children. However, the virus also can be spread by sexual contact and can occur in people with compromised immune systems.

A molluscum contagiosum infection will usually go away on its own if your immune system is healthy. Typically, this happens gradually within 6 to 12 months and without scarring. … contagiosum virus is no longer present in your body.

“Popping” the lesions to remove the central core. It can lead to the spread of the virus, so must be done cautiously. It may lead to scarring. Covering the lesions with duct tape overnight and removing in the morning for several weeks is a well-tolerated treatment by many children (except in areas with too much hair).