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Are molluscum common in children?

Yes.

When it comes to molluscum children are typically the most frequently infected.  There are three main groups of individuals who present with molluscum contagiosum.  They are:

  • Children
  • Sexually active adults
  • Those who are immunocompromised (those undergoing chemotherapy, transplant patients and those with HIV)

Children are likely to be the most common group affected because their young age and developing immunity is less likley to have been exposed to the molluscum virus.  As a result, when they common into contact with the virus it creates the classic molluscum bumps and may continue to spread until it is either treated or the body forms its immune response on its own.

As you will learn in our section on molluscum treatment, there are many ways that this virus may be successfully treated.  We urge you to explore more throughout the site.

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