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Molluscum Contagiosum - What it is

Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a common skin infection in children caused by a poxvirus (molluscum contagiosum virus).

It is spread through skin-to-skin contact and can spread between family members. It can spread from one part of the body to another, especially in children with atopic eczema.

MC occurs most often in school-going children.

MC presents as single or multiple, small, pearly, flesh-coloured to pink papules. A small central depression may be seen.

MC may occur on any area of the skin surface, but most common in areas of skin rubbing or moist regions.

Itch, redness and scaling may develop around MC, and may herald spontaneous resolution.

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