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Dermatology clinic

Molluscum contagiosum

Bruce Tate

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Abstract

Molluscum contagiosum is a common and easily spread viral infection of the skin. Although a self-limiting condition, there are many treatment options available.

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Case presentation

A 4-year-old girl presented with a five-month history of largely asymptomatic prominent, smooth, red umbilicated papules on her trunk and limbs (Figures 1 and 2). The papules had been slowly developing and then settling, leaving faint red marks. Recently some mildly itchy dermatitis had appeared around some of the papules (Figure 3). She had started swimming lessons nine months ago.

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