Molluscum is a viral infection which presents with pearly white papules 1-2mm caused by the pox virus.
It affects children and young adults and transmission is by direct contact. It can occur anywhere on the body. The condition usually resolves spontaneously within a year and doesn’t need treatment and is very common. It is infectious and parents should be advised to avoid sharing towels. There is no need to exclude from day care.
There is no treatment needed. Most cases clear up within around 6-18 months, but the condition can, occasionally, persist for several years.
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