Is molluscum a wart?

Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus in the pox family, which is different from the virus that causes regular warts. The molluscum virus stays on the skin and doesn’t invade the bloodstream, and therefore, it doesn’t cause illness or fever, only mild itching and unsightly little bumps, whose color starts out as flesh-toned but may turn pink or red.

As the name suggests, molluscum contagiosum spreads from person to person and is very common among children ages 2 through 10. The condition can be seen in teens and adults too.

There are different effective treatments for molluscum contagiosum, including creams like Conzerol, that can be applied at home.  There are also several methods of removal at a doctor’s office.  These methods can be painful and leave scars.  You can also just let the virus run it’s course.  It can take several months to a year to go away.

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