on a letter to learn about infections:
Molluscum - an infection caused by a virus that causes small spots or bumps to appear on the skin, the genitals or the soft linings of the anus.
Signs and symptoms:
It normally takes 2-12 weeks for the bumps to appear after infection. They first appear the size of a pinpoint and then get bigger and form smooth, skin-coloured, firm spots. The bumps normally appear on the genitals, lower abdomen and thighs. Some people may find the affected area itchy and tender.
How molluscum is passed on:
Molluscum is passed on by sexual or close physical contact. There have been some reports of transmission from contact sports. It is important not to share items such as towels if you have molluscum.
Diagnosis and treatment:
Diagnosis can normally be made from the appearance of the affected areas. Treatment can be chemical or involve freezing the bumps (cryotherapy).