Molluscum contagiosum is a prevalent skin condition caused by a viral infection that leads to the formation of painless, round, and firm bumps on the surface of the skin. These bumps can vary in size, ranging from as small as a pinhead to as large as a pencil eraser. If the affected area is scratched or itched, the infection can spread to the surrounding skin. Additionally, it can be transmitted through direct contact with an infected person or objects.
Although this infection is more commonly found in children, it can also affect adults. In children, the bumps typically appear on the face, neck, armpits, arms, and tops of the hands. However, in adults, especially if transmitted sexually, the bumps tend to appear on the genitals, lower abdomen, and inner thighs.
The duration of molluscum contagiosum varies, with most cases improving within six months to a year. However, in some instances, symptoms and signs may persist for up to five years.