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Molluscum

Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral skin infection that is easily spread. Common in children, molluscum is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact with others who have the virus or through contact with infected objects or surfaces (toys, gym mats, sports equipment, towels, clothing, etc.). Participating in close-contact sports like wrestling increases the risk of contracting molluscum. Molluscum growths may first appear as small, firm, dome-shaped bumps with a smooth, waxy or pearly surface. Growths may be flesh-colored or pink and may turn red as the patient’s immune system responds to the virus. Growths are typically painless but may itch.