Molluscum Contagiosum Virus Pictures - 163 Photos & Images

Molluscum contagiosum virus is a skin infection caused by a virus that produces benign raised lesions, or bumps, on the upper layers of your skin.

The small bumps are usually painless. They disappear on their own and rarely leave scars when they’re left untreated. The length of time the virus lasts varies for each person, but the bumps can last from two months to four years.

Medication and surgical treatments are available, but treatment isn’t necessary in most cases. The virus can be more difficult to treat if you have a weakened immune system.

You may notice the appearance of a small group of painless lesions. These bumps may appear alone or in a patch of as many as 20. They’re usually:

  • very small, shiny, and smooth in appearance
  • flesh-colored, white, or pink
  • firm and shaped like a dome with a dent or dimple in the middle
  • filled with a central core of waxy material
  • between 2 to 5 millimeters in diameter, or between the size of the head of a pin and the size of an eraser on the top of a pencil
  • present anywhere except on the palms of your hands or the soles of your feet
  • present on the face, abdomen, torso, arms, and legs
  • present on the inner thigh, genitals, or abdomen in adults

However, if you have a weakened immune system, you may have symptoms that are more significant. Lesions may be as large as 15 millimeters in diameter, which is about the size of a dime. The bumps appear more often on the face and are typically resistant to treatment.

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