Have you begun to notice small, flat bumps developing on the skin of you or your child? This could be an early sign of molluscum contagiosum, a viral infection of the skin. While nearly anyone can develop this infection, children and adults with weakened immune system are the most susceptible.
If you suspect that you or someone you love may have this condition, it’s important that you have it diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center is proud to provide patients in the Windermere area with both the diagnosis and treatment they need to eliminate this infection. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.
What is Molluscum Contagiosum?
Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral infection of the skin that is spread through skin-to-skin contact with an infected individual. While this condition develops most often in children, adults are also at risk. The molluscum contagiosum virus usually manifests itself in the form of firm, round bumps that can be as small as the head of a pin or as large as the eraser on a pencil.
This infection is limited to the area that the bumps form until they are irritated. Any irritation to the infected area can open up these bumps and cause the infection to spread to other areas of the body. Because this infection can easily be spread to other people, especially those with weakened immune systems, it’s important to have it properly diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
What are Symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum?
The most common signs of a molluscum contagiosum infection are the small bumps that form on the surface of the skin. These bumps are usually:
- Small, round, and flesh colored
- Easy to remove through scratching or rubbing
- On the face, neck, arms, or hands
What are the Risk Factors of Molluscum Contagiosum?
While anyone can develop molluscum contagiosum, this infection is most common in children or adults with weakened immune systems. If you have a child that may be suffering from this infection, you are also more likely to develop it. Children that suffer from eczema are also more likely to contract this infection.
If you suspect that you or someone you love has molluscum contagiosum, it’s in your best interest to get it treated as soon as possible. This can save you from any prolonged discomfort, and prevent the infection from spreading to other people in your life.
At Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, we’re proud to offer patients in the Windermere area of Florida a wide variety of effective, minimally invasive techniques to eliminate molluscum contagiosum infections. If you’d like to be diagnosed and treated by skilled skin care professionals, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.