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Molluscum contagiosum

Created : 03.08.2023

Updated 28.12.23

Approved by: General Practitioner, Dr Binita Parmar

In children the lesions from molluscum contagiosum are usually seen on the upper body.

In adults, sexual contact can sometimes cause lesions from molluscum contagiosum to appear on the genitals through intercourse. They can be spread out or grow in clusters.

What is Molluscum contagiosum?

Treatment is not usually required in healthy people; the molluscum lesions tend to go away on their own within 18 months but sometimes they can persist for longer. They do not form scars. By touching them, you make them spread to other places.

You usually do not get any symptoms with Molluscum contagiosum, but sometimes complications such as itching and redness can occur. The infection is localised in each molluscum lesion. When the lesion has gone, the infection is gone.

General Practitioner

At Dr.Dropin our experienced GPs provide a wide range of primary care services, similar to those provided by the NHS, either in the clinic or through video consultations.


At Dr.Dropin, you will receive specialist care from our expert Consultant Dermatologists provided by skindoc. With extensive experience from both public and private hospitals, we can assess and treat most chronic and acute skin disorders – either in the clinic, through video, or via a photo upload service.