Granites, Molluscum contagiosum symptom

Written by: Dra. Eulalia Baselga Torres
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Or molluscum contagiosum Molluscum is a skin infection produced by a virus poxvirus family, which cause or elevated papules on the skin and spread quickly nodules. Being a surface viral infection of the skin, are acquired by direct contact with the skin of an infected person.

Even though it lives on the skin, the virus can be temporarily surfaces or objects that have been in contact with infected skin, as might occur in pools. It is a very common infection in children, which mainly affects the face, neck, underarms, arms and hands.

Symptoms of molluscum contagiosum

The bumps on the skin are the main presenting symptom molluscum contagiosum. These granites have the characteristics of being skin-colored, bright and sometimes depressed in the center. They can appear anywhere on the body but most often in body parts listed above, and a variable number, ranging from a few to hundreds. Sometimes around the molluscum may appear eczema.

Treatment for molluscum contagiosum

Treatment of molluscum is basically in its removal or destruction. It can be done by scraping ( curettage) thereof; application of substances that produce a blister and lift away;or by freezing (cryotherapy ).

The molluscum is a superficial infection that does not compromise the health of the child. Over time ( 2 years on average), children develop defenses against this virus and eventually curing. Therefore it is absolutely necessary to remove them.

However molluscum can cause irritation (eczema ) in the surrounding skin, especially in atopic children, which is annoying. In certain locations such as the face can be unsightly. Finally, being contagious can create rejection by classmates.

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By Dra. Eulalia Baselga Torres
Pediatric dermatology

Dr. Baselga is a renowned specialist in Pediatric Dermatology. He has more than 25 years of experience in the profession and extensive training in different fields of the specialty. In particular, its main field of research and excellence are hemangiomas and vascular lesions. He has also devoted special attention to patients with atopy, coordinating for years the School of Atopy of the Hospital of Santa Creu i Sant Pau.

Throughout her career, Dr. Baselga has combined her care work with teaching, directing for 10 years the Master of Pediatric Dermatology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, as well as co-directing two doctoral theses and several dissertations. In addition, it develops an important research work, actively participating in 10 professional and international associations. He has chaired the Spanish Pediatric Dermatology Group and currently chairs the Hemangioma Investigator Group, and is also a member of the European Society for Pediatric Dermatology.

Currently, she is head of the Dermatology Department of the Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Hospital and until this year she was the coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Unit of Angiomas and Vascular Malformations of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau.

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