Molluscum contagiosum

A. This disease is produced by a virus of the pox virus family and is spread by sexual or close personal contact. Lesions are usually asymptomatic and multiple, with a central umbilication. Lesions can be spread by autoinoculation and last from 6 months to many years.

B. Diagnosis. The characteristic appearance is adequate for diagnosis, but biopsy may be used to confirm the diagnosis.

C. Treatment. Lesions are removed by sharp dermal curette, liquid nitrogen cryosurgery, or electrodesiccation.

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