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Molluscum contagiosum

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Introduction
Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a viral infection that affects the skin. It is highly contagious and easily spread.
Symptoms of molluscum contagiosum
Small, dome-shaped, skin coloured papules (spots) are usually the only symptom of molluscum contagiosum (MC).
Causes of molluscum contagiosum
Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV).
Diagnosing molluscum contagiosum
The papules (spots) of molluscum contagiosum (MC) are usually easy to recognise. Your GP should be able to diagnose the condition without carrying out further tests.
Treating molluscum contagiosum
Most cases of molluscum contagiosum (MC) clear up without treatment after 12-18 months.
Complications of molluscum contagiosum
Molluscum contagiosum (MC) usually clears up on its own without treatment and rarely causes other problems. However, in certain circumstances, complications can occur.