The causative agent of molluscum contagiosum is a virus pathogenic for humans. The virus is transmitted by direct contact (including sexual) and through the common use items (sponges, sponges, towels, etc.). The disease is more common in preschool children. Persons of middle and old age triggers disease factors are long-term treatment corticosteroids and cytostatics. Sometimes the disease is accompanied by HIV infection or other diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, as their indirect symptom.
The incubation period is 2 weeks – 2-3 months. The disease is manifested by the appearance of the skin, the
site of entry of the virus, shiny, translucent lumps of pink or grayish-yellow color. The amount of such nodules ranging from a few mm to 1 cm in the center of the element found little impression. When you click on an item from the deepening of the central allocation is whitish pasty mass.
Number of nodules occurred may be different: the unit most often located on the face, neck, back of hands; multiple can be localized anywhere on the skin and grouped into small pockets. In the case of the virus into the body during sexual contact molluscum contagiosum often localized on the pubic area, genitals, inner thighs. In some patients, the elements tend to merge, transforming into a large tumor-like formations with rough edges – the so-called “giant clam”.
If untreated, some elements of molluscum contagiosum can disappear on their own, but at the same time is the emergence of new elements on the previously affected skin.