Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum contagiosum is a skin disease. It is generally a benign disease characterized by pearly, flesh-colored, umbilicated skin lesions 2 to 5 mm in diameter. It is caused by a Poxvirus.
The infection can be transmitted by close contact, including sexual intercourse.
Lesions typically occur in the genital region but can be found anywhere on the body except the palms and the soles. In most cases the disease is self-limited and has no systemic complications.
 
Mulluscum contagiosum develops often in cases with the advanced stages of HIV infection. 5 to 18 percent of HIV-infected patients develop this complication. The disease is more generalized and severe in AIDS patients with frequently involving the face and upper body.  
There is no specific systemic treatment for molluscum contagiosum, but a variety of techniques for physical ablation have been used such as Electocautry, chemical cautry, Trichloroacetic acid applications or Liquid nitrogen applications or Light electrosurgery.  
 Skin Diseases
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