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Pediatric Molluscum Contagiosum

Key Points About Molluscum Contagiosum in Children

  • Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin disease that causes small, pink or skin-colored bumps on your child’s skin.
  • It is not harmful, does not have any other symptoms and is only mildly contagious.
  • It is very common in children and adolescents.
  • In most cases, the bumps will heal without treatment over a period of 6 to 12 months.
  • Some treatments sold on the Internet may not work and may be harmful. For your child's safety, you should discuss treatment options with your child’s healthcare provider.


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The pediatric specialists at Children's National Hospital have the expertise to diagnose, treat and manage conditions of the skin, nails and hair common in infant and younger patients. Discover more about the treatments we offer.

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    The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Hospital continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.