Molluscum IN Burbank, CA
A virus causes molluscum the the problem is a fairly common skin infection. It appears firm, with painless bumps ranging from pinhead size to a pencil eraser. Do not scratch or injure the bumps; they spread to nearby skin. Molluscum also spreads through person-to-person contact and contact with infected items.
Unfortunately, you can also contact molluscum by swimming in pools or hot tubs that are contaminated, sexual contact with an affected partner, or skin to skin contact.
Molluscum can affect adults who have weakened immune systems. The bumps and the skin around them can become inflamed. This inflammation may be an immune system response to the infection. If you scratch these bumps, they can become infected and molluscum bumps can scar when healed. If sores appear on your eyelids, conjunctivitis or pink eye can develop.
- Symptoms of molluscum include:
- Round, raised, skin-colored bumps
- Small bumps
- Bumps with small dents or dots near the center
- Itchy pink bumps
- Bumps on the trunk, arms, legs, and face of children
- Bumps on the lower abdomen, inner thighs, or on the genitals
You should keep your hands clean, avoid touching bumps, do not share personal items, avoid sexual contact if you have molluscum on the genitals, and cover your bumps.
You can let the bumps fade without treatment for six months to two years. Once the bumps are gone, you are not contagious. You can, however, become reinfected with the virus.
You may also see a dermatologist to discuss options for removing the bumps. Treatment also involves a combination of one of the following:
• Medicine that irritates the sores, like benzoyl peroxide
• Medicine that causes a blister to lift off the bumps
• Laser therapy