Further Reading

Molluscum Contagiosum

by Lyndsey M. Carlson, RPA-C

Molluscum contagiosum is a very common, harmless rash of childhood caused by a poxvirus. It is easily spread through skin to skin contact and therefore is prevalent in children attending daycare or participating in contact sports.

A molluscum rash is characterized by a cluster of a couple to several small, flesh-colored, raised, shiny lesions that can occur almost anywhere on the body.  They are painless but sometimes can be itchy. Because of the viral nature of the rash, the lesions will eventually go away on their own without any treatment intervention. However, it may take months to years for complete resolution. In certain cases, over the counter salicylic acid wart remover treatment may be used, if desired.

The best way to prevent your child from getting a molluscum rash is to avoid skin to skin contact with an infected child.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s rash, contact your pediatrician.