Pediatric molluscum contagiosum: Reflections on the last challenging poxvirus infection, part 2

Robert Lee, Robert Schwartz

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Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a common dermatologic infection that usually affects schoolaged children, sexually active young adults, and immunocompromised individuals. It is a benign and self-limiting disease, with most cases undergoing spontaneous resolution within 6 to 9 months. However, a more severe and prolonged course is associated with immunosuppression or atopic dermatitis. Treatment is recommended because of the high rate of associated symptoms, risk for transmissibility, and cosmetic or social concerns. Therapeutic modalities are subdivided into 3 types: destructive, immunomodulatory, and antiviral. We review the advantages and disadvantages of various agents and discuss combination therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-292
Number of pages6
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology

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