Molluscum are common viral growths caused by a virus in the Pox family of viruses. They occur commonly in children, but can also occur in adults. Molluscum start as small, pink to skin colored bumps that often have a central divot or dell in the middle.  They are spread by close contact with others who have active skin lesions.

Treatment of molluscum involves helping the immune system recognize the bumps and clear the virus. A topical paint-on medication commonly known as “beetle juice” or cantharidin can be applied by a physician, and liquid nitrogen “freezing” of the spots is another option. There are several over the counter and prescription creams and solutions that can be tried as well.

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