Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a virus that commonly causes warts in children.  It has a long incubation period of up to 90 days.  This means that you were likely exposed to someone with the virus in the 3 months prior to developing the warts.  Molluscum contagiosum warts usually go away on their own.  However, this sometimes takes 2 years and the warts may spread to other parts of the body in the meantime.

There are many treatment options for molluscum contagiosum warts.  These include watchful waiting (allowing the lesions to go away on their own over time), curettage (scraping the lesions off), freezing (using liquid nitrogen to freeze the lesions), and cantharidin(blister beetle juice) to name a few.   There are many tricks to making the treatment of mollucsum as painless as possible for kids.

See the information sheets below for more information on cantharadin and cryosurgery.

Cantharidin for the Treatment of Molluscum Contagiosum

Cryosurgery Information Sheet