Molluscum Contagiosum (MC) is an infection that causes small, firm bumps or growths on your skin. They’re usually painless, but sometimes they can be itchy, sore, or swollen.
MC is passed through close contact with someone who has it. Many adults get the virus from intercourse, but you can get it other ways, too. Skin-to-skin contact with a part of the body that’s infected is all it takes for molluscum contagiosum to spread. You can also get MC from touching clothes, towels, or toys. It’s possible to spread the infection to other parts of your body by touching or scratching the bumps.
Children can easily get MC from touching the molluscum bumps on someone else’s skin or sharing toys and other objects with them. For kids, the bumps usually show up on the stomach, arms, legs, or face.
Often the only sign of molluscum is pink or flesh-colored bumps on the skin. These bumps can appear anywhere on the skin. Most people get about 10 to 20 bumps on their skin. If a person has a weakened immune system, many bumps often appear.
There is a significant unmet medical need to treat MC, considering most patients with MC are healthy young children and the disease is highly contagious. However, ablative treatment often causes fear in children and repeated ablative treatments are difficult.
If you or your child have been diagnosed with MC, you may be eligible to participate in a study or clinical trial for a new topical application for MC that doesn’t cause pain and/or scarring, and provides an effective, safe and convenient treatment option for MC.
Participants may be compensated for their time and travel. To get started, find out if you qualify by completing our online volunteer form.
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