Feature Article

Molluscum contagiosum and warts

Sally Ball

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Abstract

Molluscum contagiosum and warts are common viral infections that usually can be managed in the general practice setting. Patients should be aware of the benign nature of these conditions and the likelihood of spontaneous resolution.

Key Points

  • Molluscum contagiosum and most warts resolve spontaneously over time without scarring.
  • Counselling parents of children with these infections may be all that is necessary.
  • Treatment methods for these infections have limitations in terms of both response rates and side effects.
  • Avoid treatments that may cause significant side effects or are expensive.
  • Patients with sexually transmitted anogenital warts need counselling regarding transmission; the need for regular cervical smears in female patients is important.

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