Molluscum contagiosum (also known as MC) is an aggressive infection, produced by a group of viruses and these are called pox viruses or Molluscum Contagiosum Virus (MCV). These lesions are commonly referred to as Molluscum and they mainly affect children, but they can affect any other age group. MC is generally considered a self-limiting skin disorder, which usually gets better over the course of time, without any form of treatment. Furthermore, it is usually considered to be harmless. Molluscum Contigiosum can however, spread to other part of the body, with a timeframe of potentially 18 months, for the condition to clear completely.
MC typically appears as small, skin colour bumps known as papules. They usually have a softer centre. These bumps don’t really produce any symptoms apart from occasionally being itchy. They appear in clusters on the trunk, armpits, and behind the knees and groin.
If you have identified any of these bumps in these areas or even on your skin, then it may be a wise to visit your local GP to get their advice on how to proceed further, if you are young adult then you should also consider to visit a local STD clinic, especially if you are sexually active, to see an expert there. In very severe forms of Molluscum Contagiosum, one should consider having a HIV test, especially those who are sexually active.
If you have tried your luck locally and did not get enough help and support then you may contact us here at Renew Skin & Health Clinic in Leamington Spa (18 Guy St. CV32 4RT), and we will do our best. Alternatively, you can contact us on 01926 422 454 (Lines open from 9AM-9PM), to book in your consultation. Please be aware there will be consultation fees of £100. Plus £350 for a Biopsy.