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What is Molluscum Contagiosum ? ( 甚麼是傳染性軟疣? )

Dr Yeung Yat Yin ( 楊逸言 醫生 ) 2021-11-18

What is Molluscum Contagiosum ? ( 甚麼是傳染性軟疣? )


Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin infection in children. Although it is more common in children, it can also be seen occasionally in adults. Molluscum contagiosum usually appears as multiple smooth-surfaced fleshy nodules that may have pits on the top, and they tend to appear in groups. Occasionally, a secondary bacterial infection can cause molluscum contagiosum to become inflamed suddenly.

Molluscum contagiosum are caused by poxvirus infection. It can be transmitted through contact, and children with weaker immune systems are susceptible to infection. Children are usually infected in several ways, the most common being direct skin-to-skin contact, but also through indirect contact, such as touching objects contaminated with the virus, sharing toys or towels, etc. Once infected, molluscum contagiosum can spread from one part of the body to another part of the skin by scraping or rubbing and then touching another part of the body.

Treatment depends on the condition. In some patients, molluscum contagiosum disappear spontaneously within a few months without treatment. But for more severe cases or those that do not resolve on their own, treatments that can be used include the use of salicylic acid, lasers, cryotherapy, or surgery.