Molluscum Contagiosum (Water Warts): Care Instructions
Molluscum Contagiosum After Your Child's Visit
Your Care Instructions
Molluscum contagiosum (say "moh-LUS-kum kun-tay-jee-OH-sum") is a skin infection caused by a virus. It causes small pearly or flesh-colored bumps. The bumps may itch. It can also cause a rash. The virus spreads easily but is usually not harmful. However, the infection can be serious in people with a weak immune system.
Molluscum contagiosum is most common in children younger than 10.
Without treatment, molluscum contagiosum usually goes away in 2 to 4 months. In some cases, it may take a year or longer for it to go away. You may want treatment for your child if the bumps bother your child or you want to keep them from spreading. Treatments include removing the bumps or freezing or putting medicine on them. Treatment depends on where the bumps are. Bumps in the genital area are usually removed.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
How can you care for your child at home?
When should you call for help?
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor if: