Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin infection that is caused by a virus. The infection causes small, dimpled, skin-coloured bumps called papules to develop on the skin.
The infection is more common in warm, humid climates, especially when living conditions are crowded, but it can occur anywhere throughout the world. Children 1 to 10 years of age are more commonly affected. It is a mild skin infection and seldom serious, but can be more severe for people with a weak immune system.
Without treatment, molluscum contagiosum typically clears within a year. Treatment may be recommended, however, to prevent spreading the infection.