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Molluscum Rash

February 7th, 2009

When someone is infected with molluscum contagiosum they may develop a secondary rash.  Know as the molluscum rash or molluscum dermatitis, this is a rash that resembles eczema.

The molluscum rash is often red, scaly and involves the skin surrounding the actual viral bumps.  As with eczema, the rash is usually itchy.  Scratching the area may cause the skin to break down making it easier for the virus to spread.

This rash occurs in about 10% of patients with molluscum.  It may in fact be a sign that the body is beginning to “recognize” the molluscum as is mounting an immune response.  It is this immune response that in fact causes the rash to occur.

Treatment for molluscum dermatitis can include the use of topical steroids if extensive or particularly bothersome.  In addition, treatment of the underlying molluscum will also help to eradicate the rash.

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