Ask an expert

08 Mar 2003

small pox? virus mollussum catushisum?
Would you kindly furnish information on above, I'm unsure of the spelling.
This was removed by a dermatologist......a small white head appears on the body in clusters, almost like a black head when squeezed.
Answer 716 views

01 Jan 0001

Jenny, Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a poxvirus and is characterized by skin-colored, smooth, waxy, umbilicated papules 2 to 10 mm in diameter.
Transmission is by direct contact. Numerous small papules may appear anywhere on the skin. The lesions are usually asymptomatic, unless secondarily infected, and may be discovered when the patient is examined for something else. Lesions can be diagnosed easily by the characteristic central umbilication or dell, filled with a semisolid white material that, if expressed and Giemsa-stained, shows inclusion bodies within many large cells or extracellularly. The disease can spread by autoinoculation but, after months, may disappear spontaneously. A giant molluscum may grow to two or three times its original diameter. Eczematous dermatitis may surround several mollusca, especially in young children; the cause is unknown.
Successful treatment usually requires destroying each lesion by freezing; by removing the central core of the papule with a needle, a comedo extractor, or the tip of a #11 scalpel blade; or by trichloracetic acid application (25 to 40% solution). You can also try a cream called Aldara®, but it is indicated for the treatment of genital warts and not really for molluscum contagiosum (although there have been anecdotal reports that it works).
Let me know if you have more questions. Good luck.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
34% - 9269 votes
66% - 17861 votes