Molluscum Contagiosum Causes and Risk Factors

Molluscum Contagiosum is a member of the poxvirus family. This viral skin infection causes raised, pearl-like papules or nodules on the skin. There are many ways in which you can contract this infection. Molluscum is usually passed from person to person by coming in contact with contaminated objects such as toys, clothing, towels and even door knobs. This is why it is common and spreads easily with children.

Most commonly you will see lesion or nodules on the neck, face, armpit, arms and hands, but could be found anywhere one the body. Since the virus can spread through physical contact it can be spread through sexual contact. Often these early lesions on the genitalia may be mistaken for herpes or genital warts but the Molluscum lesions are not be painful. Individuals with weak immune systems due to other viruses such as Aids will experience a rapid spread of the Molluscum Contagiosum virus.

Although Molluscum will eventually go away on its own most people choose to seek treatment from doctors. Usually the standard course of action is to lance the molluscum nodules. As this can be painful especially in the sensitive areas of the body where molluscum likes to reproduce, suffers usually seek out alternative treatments such as Conzerol.