Signs and symptoms of molluscum contagiosum include bumps on the skin that:

  • Are raised, round and flesh colored
  • Are small — typically under about 1/4 inch (smaller than 6 millimeters) in diameter
  • Characteristically have a small indentation (umbilication) or dot at the top near the center
  • Can become red and inflamed
  • May be itchy
  • Can be easily removed by scratching or rubbing, which can spread the virus to adjacent skin
  • Usually appear on the face, neck, armpits, arms and tops of the hands in children
  • May be seen on the genitals, lower abdomen and inner upper thighs in adults if the infection was sexually transmitted

When to see a doctor

If you suspect you or your child has molluscum contagiosum, consult your primary care doctor.

Mar. 21, 2015

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