Molluscum contagiosum

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Find information about molluscum contagiosum, a common skin infection that looks like small, raised, flesh-coloured bumps.

Key points

  • Molluscum contagiosum causes small, firm, shiny bumps on your child's skin.
  • Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus. It can spread easily to other parts of the body or to other people, either by direct skin-to-skin contact or by touching infected objects.
  • Molluscum contagiosum will usually go away on its own but if bothersome can be treated by your child’s health-care provider.
Last updated: January 28th 2024