Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection caused by a pox virus. 

Molluscum contagiosum usually appears as painless firm, round, flesh-coloured papules or lumps that have a dimple in the middle. 

Molluscum contagiosum has no harmful consequences and lesions may persist 6-24 months before spontaneously healing. Although the lumps usually disappear on their own, many patients prefer to be treated. 

Treatment may involve using a special cream or a simple freezing treatment.

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Where to get more information, support or advice

  • Contact your local doctor (GP)
  • Contact Family Planning Victoria's clinics


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Last updated: 5 June 2016

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