A viral infection that brings about a fairly mild skin rash, Molluscum Contagiosum affects many people at many different stages of life. There are certain features of the condition which make it possible for people to recognize it themselves, without the advice of a doctor, usually characterized by the appearance of small wart-like bumps.
Kids between the ages of 1 and 12 years old are most commonly affected by Molluscum Contagiosum, however, the condition also affects athletes who have experienced close skin to skin contact. Think about your wrestlers and your gymnasts here. People whose immune systems are weaker than normal may also be affected, including people living with HIV, or who are currently undergoing cancer treatments, or steroid use over a longer period of time.
As the name suggests, this disorder of the skin is contagious, meaning it can be passed from one person to another. There is little known about how long the rash is contagious for, however, it is known to be highly contagious in children.
8 signs to help a person recognize the condition are listed here.
1. Small round, pink, white or skin colored ‘Mollusca’
Known as ‘Mollusca’, these highly contagious bumps can vary in color. Some people will experience pink variations, whilst others will see white or even skin-colored pimples as bumps appear. The bumps are usually full to bursting point with a pretty horrible pus center.
This waxy looking center is like a caramel filling from hell because it’s not nearly as pleasing as caramel. This is where the virus is stored, and the shiny or pearly look that each Mollusca presents with, should in no way make a person feel like they’re any nicer than they are.
The color of the Mollusca can have an impact on how much the condition affects a person psychologically, as skin-colored varieties are easier to disguise. Given the highly contagious nature of the condition though, the color should be one of the last things to concern someone who develops it. The color varies, but the condition is the same.