Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral infection of the skin that results in small, raised, pink lesions with a dimple in the center. It is caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV), a member of the poxvirus family. This virus can be easily transmitted through direct contact with the skin of an infected individual or through contact with contaminated objects such as towels or clothing.

Molluscum contagiosum is typically not harmful and is self-limiting, meaning it tends to resolve on its own without treatment. However, it can be persistent and may take months to years to disappear completely. It is more common in children, but it can also affect adults, especially those with weakened immune systems.

Common treatments for molluscum contagiosum include:

  1. Curettage: The lesions are scraped off the skin’s surface using a curette.
  2. Cryotherapy: The lesions are frozen with liquid nitrogen.
  3. Topical therapy: Certain creams or ointments can be used to help eliminate the lesions.
  4. Laser therapy: This can be used for persistent or widespread cases.