Molluscum contagiosum is a very common viral infection which is often seen in children, tanning bed users, wrestlers and as a sexually transmitted disease of the genital areas of young adults. Multiple lesions are usually found and have a very typical clinical pattern. They are well demarcated, smooth, dome-shaped, firm lesions with a central dimple, pit or crater in its center. They can be transferred to others by close skin to skin contact. Patients may have hundreds of individual lesions especially in immuno-compromised patients (patients with HIV infection, on chemotherapy, transplant patients, etc.).
Therapy is very effective. The sooner people are treated, the better. The lesions can spontaneously disappear but because we cannot predicate when, how many will develop, how much it will interfere with the quality of life or how many others will acquire the problem from the patient, no time should be wasted in treating them.