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Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum Contagiosum is a common skin disease caused by a virus which affects the top layers of skin. This is a contagious skin disease easily spread by skin to skin contact. Similar to warts, this virus belong to the pox virus family and enters the skin through small breaks around the hair follicle. It does not affect any other organ but skin. The lesions are usually flesh or pink colored dome shaped growths.  They can often become red and inflamed. Since they spread through skin to skin contact, they are found commonly in the armpits, the inner thighs and groin. It is common in young children and or in patients whose immune system may be deficient but they can occur in any person, children, adults healthy or sick. If the growths are found in the genital area, they may be sexually transmitted.  The treatment should be started when there are only a few lesions to prevent spread. Molluscum Contagiosum lesions will go away on their own without treatment, but it may take up to 5 years and lesions may spread on the patient or to others while waiting.

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