This case is from one of our pediatric patients. Don’t let this tiny “harmless” looking spot fool you.
WHAT DOES THIS PATIENT HAVE?
Molluscum Contagiosum (MC). MC are a viral skin infection that is common in school age children. They appear like tiny little wart-like bumps with an umbilication or indentation in the center. As the name implies, this virus can spread very easily from direct skin to skin contact. Generally the spots do not cause any pain to children. There are two schools of thought on how to treat MC. Most pediatricians recommend leaving the MC alone because they will resolve on their own in a few years. Dermatologists, on the other hand, do believe in treating the lesions because they can spread very easily and can sometimes leave scarring if left untreated.
Treatment options can vary based on the number of MC and location. Prescription creams can be prescribed as well as liquid nitrogen or cantharidin therapy.
To prevent MC from being spread make sure that children are not scratching the area further spreading the lesions. Make sure children are not sharing towels or washcloths. Also taking zinc supplements can boost the immune system and can help get rid of this virus.