Molluscum contagiosum is a contagious virus that causes pink or flesh colored bumps to appear on the skin. The bumps often appear on the face, neck, armpits, arms, and hands, in addition to other areas of the body.
Scratching the bumps may spread them to other parts of the body. As long as the bumps appear, the virus is contagious. It can spread easily, such as by sharing a towel or clothing. It can appear 7 weeks after exposure and sometimes longer.
In a person with a healthy immune system, it often clears up on its own in 2 to 4 months. However children, particularly those with eczema, and people with weakened immune systems may not be able to fight the virus on their own, and may have many more bumps.
For more information, visit the American Academy of Dermatology at www.aad.org/skin-conditions