Warts and Molluscum contagiosum

Warts and molluscum contagiosum are common finding on the skin of both adults and children. Expert, personalized treatments are available at Golden Coast Dermatology, Skin Cancer, and Vein Center to help remove these lesions. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

What are Warts and Molluscum contagiosum?

Warts and molluscum contagiosum are common viral infections of the skin. Warts are caused by strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV), and molluscum contagiosum are a result of a pox virus infection.

Molluscum look like small, skin colored, smooth dome shaped bumps. Warts are rough, thick flesh colored bumps on the skin. When looked at closely, they often have multiple small black dots at the surface.

Molluscum usually clear on their own, but sometimes need treatment. Warts often need at least one treatment with a topical agent or by having them frozen.

Molluscum and warts can be spread by scratching, rubbing, skin to skin contact with others, or touching on infected items such as a door handle, toys, or clothing.

Who is at risk for getting these?

Children from ages 1 to 5 are commonly infected with molluscum. They usually appear on the face, neck, arms, and hands. Children with eczema may be more severely affected by molluscum.

Warts can affect people of any age. There are over 100 types of the human papilloma virus that cause them and about 10% of the general population have them. Those with HIV common organ transplants, or on chemotherapy have a higher incidence of warts because of their decreased immune system.

Can they be treated?

Yes. Fortunately, many cases of molluscum resolve on their own as the child’s immune system develops. For difficult to treat ones freezing for a topical treatment such as imiquimod may be indicated.

Warts are often a little more difficult to treat. Over-the-counter removers such a salicylic acid may help weaken the virus and allow the skin to clear the infection on its own. Over-the-counter freezing medications are available but have not been found to be very effective especially in comparison to medical grade freezing with nitrogen. Prescription topical creams such as imiquimod are highly effective. For very difficult to treat lesions, lasers or surgical removal can help the patient achieve clearance.

When should I see someone about warts and molluscum contagiosum?

These lesions are infections of the skin that often need treatment. If you have a wart that has not resolved with over-the-counter remedies. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

Call us today or make an appointment online to have

 these resolved and get back clear, healthy skin.

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