Molloscum Contagiosum is a poxvirus that is spread by direct skin to skin contact, especially wet skin and with vigorous contacnt. There are four types of Molloscum virus MCV-1, MCV-2, MCV-3, MCV-4, although most cases are caused by MCV-1. In adults, molluscum is usually sexually transmitted and may appear on genitalia, lower abdomen, buttocks, and inner thighs. Dr. Goldenberg is an expert in diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted molluscum lesions.
• Diagnosis – The lesions of Molloscum are small, flesh colored bumps with a central depression. They are usually diagnosed with a close inspection of the skin.
• Biopsy Removal – Methods of removal of Molloscum are similar to genital warts: scraping, freezing, or lasers.
• Cryosurgery – Liquid nitrogen can be a very effective treatment for Molluscum and 1-2 treatments may be needed
• Topical treatments – In some patients, topical treatments such as imiquimod or tretinoin cream can be used.