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What are symptoms of molluscum contagiosum?

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Molluscum contagiosum causes bumps on the skin called papules. Common locations for the papules are on the face, trunk, and limbs of children and on the genitals, abdomen, and inner thighs of adults. The papules:

  • Are generally painless, but can itch
  • Are small (2 to 5 millimeter diameter)
  • Have a dimple in the center
  • Are initially firm, dome-shaped, and flesh-colored
  • Become softer with time
  • Have a central core of white, waxy material

From: Skin and Molluscum Contagiosum WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

SOURCE:

American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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