Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin disease caused by poxvirus that infects only the skin. This virus enters the skin through small breaks in the skin barrier and after an incubation period, firm, painless bumps appear on the skin’s surface.

These growths can develop anywhere on the skin and are considered benign, much like warts which are caused by a different virus. Molluscum contagiosum does not affect any internal organs and rarely results in any additional symptoms. As the name implies, molluscum contagiosum is contagious.

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