MOLLUSCUM

Molluscum Contagiosum is a poxvirus that is spread by direct skin to skin contact, especially wet skin and with vigorous contact. There are four types of Molluscum 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. Our doctors are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted molluscum lesions.

  • Diagnosis – The lesions of Molluscum 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.

Reviewed by Dr. Goldenberg