Molluscum Contagiosum

What is Molluscum Contagiosum?

This is a harmless pox virus.

It is contracted after skin to skin contact with the virus. In adults this is usually after sexual contact.

Small, harmless, viral spots on the skin

Transmitted by close contact

Would go away by themselves; can be frozen in clinic

Can recur until the immune system fights them off

What are the symptoms?

These appear as small, non-itchy spots with a dimple in the top.

They may not appear for some time (up to a few months) after exposure.

How is it diagnosed?

Diagnosis is by appearance- the doctor or nurse in the clinic will look and tell you there and then!

What is the treatment?

They are usually treated by freezing the spots.

They can be left alone to go by themselves (this can take a little time…)

Partners only need to be seen if they have the spots and want treatment OR tests for other infections; we cant tell if they have the virus if they have no symptoms.

Useful information

To find out more visit the NHS website.