Molluscum contagiosum is a common childhood skin infection caused by the virus molluscum contagiosum. Mollusca appears in localized clusters, firm, round, though painless small bumps might itch. Scratched bumps can spread infection to surrounding skin due to contact.

How is molluscum contagiosum different from warts? Molluscum contagiosum and warts are so similar in appearance that they are even sometimes confused by medical professional! Although the two conditions have many things in common, there are number of differences. Warts are caused by the common virus HPV that can also be transmitted sexually and does not have such association, molluscum contagiosum warts are caused by a virus related to smallpox.

Treatment: Dermatologist uses catharidin (beetle juice) you need to wash it off at home with soap and water to prevent a serious skin irritation, topical creams might be used alone or in conjunction with other procedures aimed at eliminating  the lesions. Procedures performed in dermatologist offices to remove molluscum lesions include cryotherapy (light freezing). When molluscum contagiosum lesions and papules disappear, the virus has left the body.