What is Molluscum?
Molluscum usually appears as skin-colored or pink bumps 1-2mm in size. Their surface sometimes appears waxy or pearly, and they often have a dimple in the center. Sometimes, when the immune system fights the virus, the bumps become red or develop a surrounding rash. They can appear anywhere on the body, and the typical child has 10-20 spots at a time. The bumps usually appear 7 weeks after exposure to the virus but sometimes can take many months to appear. Molluscum is more common in the summer when the weather is warm and humid.
Molluscum is seen more frequently in children because their immature immune systems are less able to fight the virus. They are spread by skin to skin contact or by objects such as towels. Adults, however, can get molluscum as well. In adults, the spots often appear on the genitals, abdomen and inner thighs, and may be spread through sexual contact. If an adult gets numerous bumps or very large ones, particularly on the face, this may mean that the immune system is weakened.