Molluscum Contagiosum is a virus that manifests in the form of small, raised, red lumps on the skin. The virus is not dangerous, most people are naturally immune to it, and it normally clears up of its own accord within 12-18 months unless you have a weakened immune system in which case it may take up to five years. Reported cases are most common in children because of their close proximity to each other at school and the relative ease in which the virus passes from person to person. The virus can be passed on via skin to skin contact so is often sexually transmitted. Whilst most people won’t seek help or try to treat the problem squeezing the mollusca is normally the first port of call. Occassionally the molluscs are frozen, burnt or scraped off though this tends to be a last resort.
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