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What is Molluscum contagiosum?

What is Molluscum contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is a skin rash caused by the Molluscum contagiosum virus, a virus of the poxvirus family. ...more »

  • Molluscum contagiosum: Common wart-causing virus.
  • Molluscum contagiosum: A common, benign, usually self-limited viral infection of the skin and occasionally the conjunctivae by a poxvirus (MOLLUSCUM CONTAGIOSUM VIRUS). (Dorland, 27th ed)
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Molluscum contagiosum: a virus disease of the skin marked by round white swellings; transmitted from person to person (most often in children or in adults with impaired immune function).
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Molluscum contagiosum: Introduction

Types of Molluscum contagiosum:

Broader types of Molluscum contagiosum:

How many people get Molluscum contagiosum?

Prevalance of Molluscum contagiosum: Common.

How serious is Molluscum contagiosum?

Complications of Molluscum contagiosum: see complications of Molluscum contagiosum

What causes Molluscum contagiosum?

Causes of Molluscum contagiosum: see causes of Molluscum contagiosum
Risk factors for Molluscum contagiosum: see risk factors for Molluscum contagiosum

What are the symptoms of Molluscum contagiosum?

Symptoms of Molluscum contagiosum: see symptoms of Molluscum contagiosum

Complications of Molluscum contagiosum: see complications of Molluscum contagiosum

Duration of Molluscum contagiosum: usually 4 months; may be weeks or even years.

Can anyone else get Molluscum contagiosum?

Contagion of Molluscum contagiosum: Spread skin-to-skin or by saliva in children; or sexual activity in adults.
More information: see contagiousness of Molluscum contagiosum
Inheritance: see inheritance of Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Molluscum contagiosum.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Molluscum contagiosum.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Molluscum contagiosum: Infectious Disease Specialist, Dermatologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Molluscum contagiosum.
Treatments for Molluscum contagiosum: see treatments for Molluscum contagiosum
Research for Molluscum contagiosum: see research for Molluscum contagiosum

Organs Affected by Molluscum contagiosum:

Organs and body systems related to Molluscum contagiosum include:

Name and Aliases of Molluscum contagiosum

Main name of condition: Molluscum contagiosum

Class of Condition for Molluscum contagiosum: viral

Other names or spellings for Molluscum contagiosum:

Molluscum contagiosum virus

Molluscum contagiosum: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Molluscum contagiosum:


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