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    Molluscum Contagiosum

    What is a Molluscum Contagiosum?

    Molluscom Contagiosum is a viral skin infection that causes small pearly or flesh‐colored bumps. The bumps may be clear, and the center often is indented. The infection is caused by a virus, the virus is easily spread but is not harmful. The virus commonly spreads through skin‐to‐skin contact. It is frequently seen on the face, neck, armpit, arms, and hands but may occur anywhere on the body except the palms and soles of hands and feet. The time from exposure to the virus until the bumps appear usually is 2 to 7 weeks, but it can take up to 6 months.

      Signs and Symptoms

    • Bumps are round with a dimple in the center. They are a little smaller in size than the eraser on the end of a pencil.
    • The bumps don't cause pain and they may appear alone or in groups.
    • They most often appear on the trunk, face, eyelids, or genital area.


    • The virus can spread through contact with contaminated objects, such as towels, clothing, or toys.
    • The virus also spreads by sexual contact.
    • Touching the bumps and then touching the skin causes the virus to spread both to other people and other parts of the infected person’s body.


      The treatment depends on the type of wart. The common treatments are abrasion, cautery with acids and cryo‐treatment.

    • Skin abrasion: is the first step in treating molluscom contagiosum. Skin abrasion uses a small abrasive device that easily and painlessly removes the first layer of skin to prep the lesion for treatment
    • Trichloracetic acid (TCA): For molluscom contagiosum TCA is an effective treatment because it destroys the proteins in the viral cells. A petroleum jelly will be applied around the healthy skin area of the wart to protect the intact skin. TCA is then applied and is a clear, watery liquid that is painted on the warts with an applicator. The warts will turn a whitish color and shrink.
    • CyroPen: This is the state‐of‐the‐art treatment modality that freezes the lesion to ‐130F. The rods are housed in a pen which is in the Helium cooled devise come in various sizes to suit various lesion sizes. The Cryopen rod is applied to the lesion 10 seconds to 3 minutes, depending on the thickness and toughness of the lesion. The freezing will cause a blister which may last for 3 to 5 days before it scabs. The scab will fall off within 2 weeks. This skin area will remain light colored for a few months and would completely disappear, leaving no scars or discoloration.

Cryopen System

CryoPen is a state of the art treatment using extreme cold to safely and painlessly destroy unwanted moles, warts, skin tags, keloids and resistant hyperpigmentation. Useing no scalpels or chemicals, CryoPen safely, effectively and comfortably removes warts, moles, skin tags, keloids, presquamous cell carcinoma and other skin lesions. Removal is virtually pain-free with little or no scarring.

CryoPen advantages are:

No contact with dangerous cryogenic gases or liquids
No need for Anesthesia, no pain and healing without scarring
Simple, safe, economical and effective treatment
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