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Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum occurs most often in play-aged children and can spread over a rather large skin area. It is a viral infection transmitted by contact or through infected surfaces/items. Typically, the molluscum looks like a shiny raised bump of about 1-10 mm, with a depression in the middle.

Molluscum contagiosum is treated by using special tweezers (to squeeze out the infectious mass and remove the casing), by freezing or diathermy. With widespread infection, the procedure lasts longer and therefore it might be useful to do it under general anaesthesia for children.