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Warts and Molluscum Newport Beach

Warts and molluscum are common lesions caused by viral infections of the skin. They are spread by contact with someone infected with the virus, and usually enter the skin through a small cut or scrape.

A wart is a small, rough growth resembling a cauliflower or a solid blister or callous. It typically occurs on the hands or feet but can occur in other locations as well. Warts are caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). There are as many as 10 varieties of warts, and even more strains of the HPV virus that can cause warts. They typically disappear after a few months but can last for years and can reoccur. There are many treatments and procedures associated with wart removal, and your dermatologist will help determine the best one for you.

Molluscum contagiosum presents as clusters of small round bumps (papules) especially in the warm moist places such as the armpit, groin or behind the knees. They range in size from 1 to 6 mm and may be white, pink or brown. They often have a waxy, pinkish look with a small central pit (umbilicated). As they resolve, they may become inflamed, crusted or scabby. There may be few or hundreds of spots on one individual. Molluscum contagiosum is a harmless virus but it may persist for months or occasionally for a couple of years. Molluscum may be removed by your dermatologist to prevent further spread of the lesions on yourself or to others.

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