|Date: 10/19/2006 1:16:39 AM ( 10y ago )
You know, it looks like it might have started out as one thing but that larger one looks like impetigo to me. It can form from a smaller skin irritation if they are scratched or get dirty. Here is what I thought the smaller stuff resembled.
Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral skin infection. It most often affects infants and young children but adults may also be infected.
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. It frequently induces a type of dermatitis in the affected areas, which are dry, pink and itchy. Molluscum contagiosum may rarely leave tiny pit-like scars.
Typical umbilicated papules
Eczema and crusted lesions
Molluscum contagiosum can be spread from person to person (especially children) by direct skin contact. This appears to be more likely in wet conditions, such as when children bathe or swim together. Sexual transmission is possible in adults.
There is no single perfect treatment of molluscum contagiosum since we are currently unable to kill the virus. The soft white core can be squeezed out of individual lesions. In many cases no specific treatment is necessary.
Medical treatments include:
The dermatitis may be treated with hydrocortisone cream, but is unlikely to fully resolve until the infection has cleared up.
Molluscum contagiosum - from emedicine dermatology, the on-line medical reference textbook.
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