Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that causes
smooth, waxy bumps.
What is going on in the body?
Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a poxvirus. It is characterized by a rash of small, flesh-colored bumps with a small depression in the center. A person with a immunodeficiency disorder will have a more severe form of molluscum contagiosum, with many skin lesions.
What are the causes and risks of the infection?
The poxvirus that causes molluscum contagiosum is spread through close physical contact, including sexual intercourse. In addition, a person can
spread the rash over his or her own body by scratching.