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Are Molluscum Warts?

While molluscum and warts are both viral skin conditions, they are not exactly the same. Molluscum are a result of infection from the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV) while warts result from an infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV).

The viruses are spread in a similar manner with direct contact being the primary means of acquiring the infection and both can be sexually transmitted. Both viruses create bumps on the skin however the molluscum bump is smoother, rounder and shiny while the wart virus creates a more complex, rough, lesion often with the presence of black dots at the base.

While treatments for both molluscum and warts are similar, warts tend to be much more difficult to cure and may require many more treatments in order to successfully eradicate the virus.

In addition, there are many more subtypes of HPV and clearing one, does not mean that you cannot be infected with another one of the strains.  With molluscum on the other hand, once the skin bumps are successfully treated, it is much less likely to get a recurrence.

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