Molluscum contagiosum is a benign skin disease caused by a poxvirus, typically entering the through breaks in the skin. The disease usually manifests itself in the form of pink or flesh colored growths that sometimes become red or inflamed. This disease spreads through skin-to-skin contact and usually appears in areas like folds in the arms or groin. Individuals can also contract the disease by touching items like towels, toys, or clothing that have been infected by someone else with the disease.

Though the disease will eventually go away on its own without treatment, many dermatologists recommend treatment. Similar to wart treatment, growths can be frozen with liquid nitrogen, destroyed with acids or solutions, scraped with a sharp instrument, or treated using laser therapy. See a dermatologist to determine the appropriate course of action for you.


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