Molluscum Contagiosum

Causative agent–

DNA poxvirus called the Molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV).

Causes

Spread by

  • Child comes into direct contact with a lesion.
  • Contact with contaminated objects(towels, clothing, toys)
  • Sexual contact.

Symptoms And Signs–

  • Small, painless, discrete, flesh-colored umbilicated papules on the external genitalia or perineum
  • Papule has a dimple in the center(containing thick gelatinous material)
  • Papules may occur in lines (crops), where scratching is done.    

  • Never occur on palms and soles
  •  Lesions on genitals, abdomen, and inner thigh (adults)

 Investigations— 

Skin biopsy

Treatment–

  • Surgery
    1. Scraping
    2. de-coring
    3. freezing
    4. electrosurgery.
  • Medications

Those used to remove warts                                 

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