When is treatment indicated for molluscum contagiosum?

Updated: Aug 09, 2018
  • Author: Ashish C Bhatia, MD, FAAD, FACMS; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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In healthy patients, molluscum contagiosum is generally self-limited and heals spontaneously after several months. Individual lesions are seldom present for more than 2 months. Although treatment is not required, it may help to reduce autoinoculation or transmission to close contacts and improve clinical appearance.

Intervention may also be indicated if lesions persist. Therapeutic modalities include topical application of various medications, radiation therapy, and/or surgery. Each technique may result in scarring or postinflammatory pigmentary changes. Frequently, multiple treatment sessions are necessary because of the recurrence of treated lesions and/or the appearance of new lesions.


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