What is Molluscum Contagiosum?

Your quick guide to understanding MCV.

Whether you’ve been faced with treatment for molluscum contagiosum (molluscum, MCV) before, or you have learned about MCV through a recent diagnosis, understanding molluscum contagiosum facts is essential to choosing the best cure for you and your children.

What causes molluscum contagiosum?

MCV is a skin infection caused by a poxvirus. Poxviruses are infections that can be traced back hundreds of years. Molluscum contagiosum can be contracted by:

  • Skin-to-skin contact
  • Contact with objects that have been contaminated with the molluscum virus

What does molluscum contagiosum look like?

The symptoms of molluscum contagiosum include a lesion or rash comprised of papules, which are identified by the following traits:

  • Round and dome-shaped
  • Pink and waxy
  • Small center indentation

If you are unsure whether a lesion or rash is MCV, contact your doctor for a diagnosis.

How can I cure molluscum contagiosum?

Traditionally, physicians have used the following treatments to cure molluscum contagiosum:

  • Freezing the lesions
  • Scooping or cutting out lesions
  • Using acids to burn the lesions

These old-fashioned treatments cause significant pain and can lead to scarring. MolluscumRx offers a safe, pain-free cure for molluscum contagiosum that does not result in scarring.

Who can contract molluscum contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is very common across the U.S., and is found in 1% of all skin disorders.

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