Molluscum contagiosum is a virus that causes a skin infection that is common in both children and adults. It’s spread by skin to skin contact like during sex, or through contact with an object with the virus on it, like a towel or washcloth.

Signs & Symptoms

The virus causes small, round, skin-colored growths anywhere on the skin except for the palms of the hands or soles of the feet, and they usually don’t itch.

Testing for Molluscum

Molluscum is diagnosed during an exam with your provider, and no tests are required. It usually goes away on its own without treatment, but if treatment is recommended, options include freezing or scraping off the Molluscum or applying medication to them. Sexual contact should be avoided until the bumps are healed, and items like towels, washcloths, razors and personal equipment shouldn’t be shared to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

If you are having symptoms of infection or if you were notified that one of your partners tested positive, we recommend being seen as soon as possible to receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment.