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ICD-10 code: B08.1

Chapter: Certain infectious and parasitic diseases

Molluscum Contagiosum - Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that is caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus. This virus can easily spread through direct skin-to-skin contact or by sharing personal items such as towels, clothing, or toys. This condition is common in children but can also affect adults, especially those with weakened immune systems.

  1. Causes: The molluscum contagiosum virus is a member of the poxvirus family. It mainly spreads through direct contact with the virus, which can happen through skin-to-skin contact or by sharing personal items that have come into contact with the virus. The virus can also spread through sexual contact, making it a sexually transmitted infection.
  2. Symptoms: Molluscum contagiosum shows up as small, raised, and round bumps on the skin. These bumps are usually painless but can be itchy and may have a dimple in the center. They can appear on any part of the body but are most commonly found on the face, neck, arms, and hands.
  3. Treatment: Molluscum contagiosum usually goes away on its own within six to 12 months, but treatment may be necessary to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body or to other people. Treatment options include cryotherapy, which involves freezing the bumps with liquid nitrogen, curettage, which involves scraping off the bumps with a sharp tool, or topical medications such as imiquimod or cantharidin.

It is important to note that molluscum contagiosum is a highly contagious condition and can easily spread from one person to another. Therefore, it is important to practice good hygiene, such as washing hands frequently and avoiding sharing personal items, to prevent the spread of this virus. If you suspect you have molluscum contagiosum, it is important to seek medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnosis Codes for Molluscum contagiosum | B08.1