• Molluscum Contagiosum Symptoms

Quick Look
  • Pearl-like, painless, skin-coloured eruptions
  • Eruptions are umbilicated (having a slight central depression)
  • Most commonly seen in children

Commonest locations:
Children- face, trunk and extremities
Adults- trunk, thighs and genitals
The following features are characteristic molluscum contagiosum. symptoms:
Symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum
  • The bumps (papules) are painless and often flesh-coloured and appear like tiny pearls
  • Eruptions are small, usually within 5 mm. in diameter, although they can be bigger occasionally
  • They have a dimpled centre and the core of the papule is filled with waxy material that is home of the infecting virus
  • There is usually, no pain or itching (unless superadded bacterial infection occurs). Very occasionally, the lesions may bleed
  • Lesions crust and heal over a span of 6-12 weeks, but new mollusca may erupt, prolonging the duration of the disease to a year or even more
  • The most important aspect to note is that Molluscum Contagiosum spreads by contact.

Molluscum contagiosum symptoms are crucial to the dermatologist in daily clinical practice for diagnosis.