What is Molluscum Contagiosum?
Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral infection caused by a pox virus. It can occur in children and adult. However, genital Molluscum infection in adults is usually sexually transmitted.
Clinical Presentation of Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum Contagiosum lesions appear like discrete smooth pearly or flesh colored dome shaped papules. Each papule has a mild red base with a central punctum beneath which looks lies a white curdy core. If patients present with very extensive facial lesions, HIV screening is highly recommended as it often occurs in immunocompromised states.
Confirmatory tests for Molluscum Contagiosum
The expressed core from the punctum of the papule of skin biopsy sample can be sent for Giemsa-stained smears to look for the Molluscum bodies.
Treatment of Molluscum Contagiosum
Most of the time, the lesions heal spontaneously and is self-limiting. Treatment is hence not mandatory. Treatments if indicated are:
Follow up on Molluscum Contagiosum
All sexual partners should be encouraged to be examined and treated if positive for Molluscum Contagiosum.