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Molluscum Contagiosum

What is it?

Common infection of the skin caused by a virus, and can affect anywhere on the body.

How did I get it?

The virus is passed on through direct skin contact or indirectly via clothing or towels, and can happen in people of all ages.

What are the symptoms?

It causes a small hard pearl like lump with a dimple on top. They may sometimes become itchy.

What will it do to me?

They won’t cause you any harm, but they are infectious.

Where can I go?

You can go to a Doctor, or if you have Molluscum on the genitals go to your local GUM/Sexual Health Clinic.

Can it be treated?

Yes, usually with a liquid Nitrogen Spray. More than one treatment may be necessary.

If you have this infection your partner will also need to have a check up.

Always wearing a condom during sex will reduce the risk of becoming infected.

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