Noticing bumps on your skin that are small, round and painless may not always put you on immediate alert, but it may be a sign that you have contracted a viral skin infection called Molluscum Contagiosum. While these bumps cause you no discomfort and may seem like no big deal, the virus can be spread from person to person through direct and indirect contact.
The best way to diagnose Molluscum Contagiosum is through a licensed dermatologist. At the Center for Dermatology and Skin Care Center, Dr. Jeannette Hudgens specializes in treating several adult and pediatric skin conditions, including Molluscum Contagiosum.
What is Molluscum Contagiosum?
Characterized by pearl or flesh-colored bumps, Molluscum Contagiosum ranges in size from a pinhead to a pencil eraser. Although Molluscum Contagiosum is primarily found in children, it is also possible for adults to contract this condition, especially those with weakened immune systems.
This skin condition is fairly common and can also be contracted by directly touching an infected person, handling a contaminated object or through sexual contact. These bumps are not uncomfortable besides mild itching, but if scratched, they can spread the infection to other parts of the body.
How Do I Know if I Have Molluscum Contagiosum?
As the bumps can be easily confused with other skin conditions like chicken pox or warts, the most effective way to diagnose Molluscum Contagiosum is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hudgens. This infection can usually be diagnosed with a basic skin exam, but in some cases the bumps may need to be scraped and looked at under a microscope.
How Can I Treat Mollluscum Contagiosum?
Although this condition often fades on its own, adults often opt for treatment so the virus does not infect others or spread to other parts of the body. Those with weak immune systems may also develop more serious health concerns if this condition is left untreated.
At the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, there are multiple treatment options available such as:
- Freezing the bumps off using Cryosurgery
- Scraping the bumps from your skin with small medical tools
- Utilizing laser technology to remove bumps, which is the primary treatment for adults with weak immune systems.
- Applying prescription topical medications to infected areas
Doctor Hudgens will assess your individual condition and determine which treatment option is best for you and your skin health. Until the bumps are permanently removed, Molluscum Contagiosum is contagious and can be spread to others.
The Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center offers several cosmetic and medical skin services. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hudgens and have all of your questions about Molluscum Contagiosum answered.