It is a common acquired infection of childhood.
In the majority of cases no treatment is required as spontaneous resolution occurs.
Treatment can increase the chance of scarring and should be reserved for adults, older children and problematic lesions.
- Avoid sharing of towels and sponges to prevent spread
- Topical antiseptic may minimise secondary infection
- Topical potassium hydroxide cream or paint is available as a medical device
- Consider topical salicylic acid gel for non-facial lesions (do not use on facial lesions)
- Squeeze lesions with tweezers after bathing then apply antiseptic cream
- Cryotherapy (avoid in young children)
- Eczema around molluscum: treat with emollients, or mild topical steroid.