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Molluscum Contagiosum: Signs And Symptoms

The only sign that you can use to know if someone has molluscum contagiosum is the bumps on their skin. In most cases, these bumps become visible after like seven weeks of being exposed to that virus, causing molluscum contagiosum. Sometimes, one might not see the bumps for several months.

Anytime the bumps are visible on the skin, they normally:

  • Start as a firm, small, dome-shaped growths.
  • Have a surface which feels waxy, pearly, or smooth.
  • Are pink or flesh-coloured.
  • Have a dimple in the middle. This dimple will likely be filled with a white, thick substance which is waxy or cheesy.
  • Are painless, though a few humid itches.
  • It becomes red as the immune system of an individual battle the virus.
  • Shows on other parts of the skin after an individual picks or scratches the bumps. The virus can be spread by picking or scratching.

The bumps mostly become visible on the neck, face, hands, arms, and armpits in adults. Some other places where the bumps appear commonly are the abdomen, inner thighs, and genitals. Sexual contact is one of the most common ways adult get molluscum contagiosum.

If an individual has an immune system weakening disease like AIDS, the size of the bump can be very large. An individual can have as much as one hundred or more bumps on just their face.