Is molluscum common in toddlers?
Molluscum contagiosum is a common, mild skin disease caused by a pox virus. Although it can happen at any age, it is most common in children 1 to 10 years of age.
What does molluscum rash look like?
Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection that causes a mild skin rash. The rash looks like one or more small growths or wart-like bumps (called mollusca) that are usually pink, white, or skin-colored. The bumps are usually soft and smooth and may have an indented center.
Can I catch molluscum from my child?
Once infected, your child can easily spread molluscum to other people, or to different areas on their own body. It is spread by touching the molluscum spots, and through bath or pool water, bath toys and towels. Molluscum spots may stay on the body for a few weeks, several months or more than a year.
How do you stop molluscum from spreading?
To help prevent the spread of the virus:
- Wash your hands. Keeping your hands clean can help prevent spreading the virus.
- Avoid touching the bumps. Shaving over the infected areas also can spread the virus.
- Don’t share personal items.
- Avoid sexual contact.
- Cover the bumps.
What does molluscum contagiosum do to children?
Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin disease that causes small pink or skin-colored bumps on your child’s skin. It is not harmful and usually does not have any other symptoms.
How long does it take for molluscum contagiosum to heal?
Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin disease that causes small pink or skin-colored bumps on your child’s skin. It is not harmful, does not have any other symptoms, and is only mildly contagious. It is very common in children and adolescents. In most cases, the bumps will heal without treatment over a period of 6 to 12 months.
What can be done about burst molluscum in children?
Burst molluscum requires special treatment to reduce the inflammation and heal the lesions. It is likely that you or your child has molluscum in each of these stages. Different procedures are needed to target each stage, kill the virus and heal the lesions.
Where are the pus headed molluscum bumps found?
What is tell-tale on this sufferer of the virus is the large number of beginning stage molluscum bumps surrounding the pus headed molluscum. Molluscum contagiosum are commonly found on the torso and in the armpit of children. These are moist areas and need to be dried well during treatment.