What is molluscum contagiosum?

Also known as: molluscum.

Molluscum contagiosum is a mild non-malignant, or benign viral infection of the skin, spread by direct person-to-person contact or by contact with contaminated objects. The infection results in smooth, small, raised white, pink or flesh-colored growths that may be found anywhere on the body, more commonly not found on the hands or soles of the feet.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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