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Managing molluscum contagiosum

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Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral skin infection caused by the molluscipox virus.

It presents with cutaneous eruptions affecting the face, trunk and limbs. It is common in children, especially those aged two to five years. In adults, molluscum contagiosum can also affect the genital area.1 The disease is more prevalent in tropical locations.1

Molluscum contagiosum is transmitted through skin contact with an affected individual,2 or via fomites such as bath towels. Transmission is aided by wet conditions, therefore swimming may increase the risk.1 The incubation period ranges from two weeks to six months.1 Infection results in hyperplasia and hypertrophy of the epidermis and the molluscum bodies contain many maturing virions.1


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