Molluscum contagiosum is a cutaneous infection caused by a virus. It causes small papules (lumps) on the skin of children and, less frequently, in adults, usually without any symptoms. The lesions may regress spontaneously in a few months, but it is recommended to treat them due to the risk of dissemination to other people or even inoculation in other skin sites in the same person.
Treatment is performed by the dermatologist through curettage, cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen spray), or topic product application, at home or at the clinic.
When the lesions are removed at the clinic, with curettage, an anesthetic ointment is administrated before the procedure, which makes it faster and calm, even for children.