Skip directly to content


Text Increase:
Text Increase Normal
Text Increase Large
Text Increase Largest

Molluscum are caused by a common viral infection of the skin. The symptoms result in round, firm painless bumps ranging in size from a pinhead to a pencil eraser. Itching or scratching can spread the infection to the surrounding skin. Molluscum are most common in children and spread through direct person-to-person contact and contact with contaminated objects.

Causes of Molluscum

  • Direct skin-to-skin contact
  • Contact with contaminated objects, such as toys, towels and faucet handles

Symptoms of Molluscum

  • Molluscum results in raised, round, flesh-colored bumps.
  • These bumps are small — typically under about a quarter inch (approximately 2 to 5 millimeters) in diameter
  • Characteristically have a small indentation or dot at the top
  • Can become red and inflamed
  • Can be easily removed by scratching or rubbing, which can spread the virus to adjacent skin

Treatments for Molloscum

Medications for molluscum include irritating products with ingredients such as salicylic acid or potassium hydroxide that help dissolve the lesion over time. Other medications include antiviral creams such as imiquimod (Aldara, Zylcara) which may also be effective in removing molloscum lesions over a period of time. Procedures such as scraping or curetting can easily help remove the lesions in many children.

If you feel your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact Florida Center for Pediatric Dermatology at 407.303.1687 or through our online contact form.