Molluscum contagiosum, also known as “water warts”, are a common pediatric dermatology problem caused by a virus. They are very common in children, but can also be seen in adults. Molluscum usually present as multiple small flesh colored or pink bumps on the skin.  Occasionally, they are mistaken for warts. They are spread from skin-to-skin contact frequently in day cares, schools, or swimming pools. In adults, they are often spread via sexual contact. Treatment options vary but may include topical creams to boost the immune system response to the molluscum, cantharidin (blister beetle juice), or freezing with liquid nitrogen.



Please visit our patient education library to learn more about molluscum treatment options