Acne or Something More? Identifying Molluscum Contagiosum

molluscum contagiosmMolluscum contagiosum is a common skin infection that spreads through contact with a person who is infected with the virus or an object that is contaminated with the virus. This virus tends to look a lot like acne, so it can be difficult to distinguish between the two if you are unfamiliar with the virus, as many people are. In this blog, we talk about the symptoms of molluscum contagiosum and what you should do if you think that you have it.

Symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum

  • Raised, skin-colored bumps
  • Small bumps
  • Itchy pink bumps
  • Bumps on genitals, lower abdomen, or thighs if the infection was sexually transmitted
  • Bumps with a small dent near the top

Causes for Infection

  • Skin-to-skin contact
  • Contact with objects that are contaminated. Things like towels and wrestling mats are hotspots for this infection
  • Swimming in pools and hot tubs that are contaminated
  • Sexual contact with someone who is infected
  • Scratching the bumps can cause them to spread


Molluscum contagiosum is very contagious. If you think that you may have this infection, here are some things that you can do to prevent the spread of the virus.

Avoid Sexual Contact

If you think that you may have molluscum contagiosum, it is very important to avoid sexual contact with anybody, as this is an easy way for the virus to spread to another person.

Avoid Touching the Bumps

Touching the bumps that are present makes it easy for the virus to spread to other things as you are spreading it from your skin to whatever objects that you are touching.

Cover the Bumps

Covering the bumps completely with clothing is a great way to ensure the safety of others. This prevents the bumps from coming into contact with anyone or anything.

Wash Your Hands

This is something that should be practiced whether or not you have this virus. However, if you are infected, you must wash your hands to prevent the virus from spreading.

Let Us Help You

If you think that you may be infected with molluscum contagiosum, Hollywood Dermatology & Cosmetic Specialists is the perfect place to go. With five locations in Florida, we have plenty of doctors that have the experience and expertise to make sure that your infection is treated properly. Contact us today at 954.961.1200 or visit us online at to request an appointment.

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