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Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum is a very common skin condition. However, patients struggle to find effective treatments. We understand the frustration of dealing with molluscum. At the Trillium Clinic, our solutions are designed to address molluscum at its cause, helping your skin heal and giving you the clear, healthy skin you desire. Begin your advanced molluscum treatments today.

What is Molluscum

Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum presents as small, firm, raised bumps or lesions on the skin. The bumps are usually flesh-colored, pearly, or pink and have a characteristic central indentation or dimple. This is referred to as umbilicated. Molluscum lesions may occur in clusters or individually and can appear anywhere on the body, excluding the palms and soles.

What Causes Molluscum

The small, raised bumps of molluscum contagiosum are caused by an infection of the skin with a pox virus. The virus spreads easily from person to person, particularly in close-contact settings like schools, daycare centers, and sports activities. It can also be transmitted during sexual contact in adults.

How is Molluscum treated

Molluscum contagiosum is usually a self-limiting infection, meaning it resolves on its own without treatment. However, treatment may be recommended to prevent the spread of the virus, relieve symptoms, or address cosmetic concerns. Some treatment options include:

  • Physical removal: Lesions can be physically removed using techniques like cryotherapy (freezing), curettage (scraping), or laser therapy.

  • Topical medications: Certain creams, such as those containing imiquimod or tretinoin, can be prescribed to stimulate the body’s immune response and aid in lesion clearance.

  • Home care: Regular hygiene practices, such as keeping the affected areas clean and avoiding scratching or picking at the lesions, can help prevent the spread of the infection and reduce the risk of secondary bacterial infections.

To prevent the spread of molluscum contagiosum, it is important to practice good hygiene, especially in settings where close contact is common. This includes regular handwashing, avoiding sharing personal items, and covering the lesions with clothing or bandages.

Embark on your journey to radiant skin

If you suspect you or your child has molluscum contagiosum make an appointment here to see one of the dermatology providers at the Trillium Clinic in Chapel Hill. We will provide an accurate diagnosis, recommend appropriate treatment options, and offer guidance on managing and preventing future outbreaks. We are currently taking new patients from Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Pittsboro, Mebane, Durham, Burlington, Cary, and surrounding cities, who suffer from molluscum, call us today to discuss appropriate treatment options.

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