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What is molluscum contagiosum?

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Molluscum contagiosum is a virus that causes a skin infection. It leads to patches of small, red, and shiny bumps. The bumps don’t hurt or itch. But they can get infected and become red, swollen, and uncomfortable. The virus is spread through skin-to-skin contact with someone who has it. You can also get it by touching an object (like a towel) that has the virus on it.

SOURCES:

Center for Young Women’s Health: “Molluscum Contagiosum.”

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Vaginitis.”

Center for Young Women’s Health: “Scabies.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Scabies.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “About Psoriasis,” “General Psoriasis.”

Drexel Medicine: “About Contact or Irritant Dermatitis of the Vulva.”

University of Michigan Medicine: “Vaginal Rashes and Sores.”

Mayo Clinic: “Neurodermatitis.”

CDC:  “Syphilis-CDC Fact Sheet,” “Genital Herpes-CDC Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on April 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Center for Young Women’s Health: “Molluscum Contagiosum.”

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Vaginitis.”

Center for Young Women’s Health: “Scabies.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Scabies.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “About Psoriasis,” “General Psoriasis.”

Drexel Medicine: “About Contact or Irritant Dermatitis of the Vulva.”

University of Michigan Medicine: “Vaginal Rashes and Sores.”

Mayo Clinic: “Neurodermatitis.”

CDC:  “Syphilis-CDC Fact Sheet,” “Genital Herpes-CDC Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on April 19, 2019

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