The bumps on your skin point to molluscum contagiosum. A biopsy can rule out other causes. A skin sample is checked under a microscope.
In most cases, molluscum contagiosum doesn’t need care. It will go away on its own within 6 to 9 months.
In others, the bumps may linger or spread. This can be more of a problem for people with HIV. Your doctor may remove the bumps. This will help lower the chances of spreading it on you or to other people.
Procedures may involve:
Cryotherapy—extreme cold removes the bumps
Curettage—cutting out the bumps
Laser surgery—use of steady or pulsed high intensity light
Placing chemicals on your skin to remove the bump
To lower your chances of getting molluscum contagiosum, avoid contact with someone who has it.
Molluscum contagiosum. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/dermatologic-disorders/viral-skin-diseases/molluscum-contagiosum. Updated October 2016. Accessed June 20, 2018.
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