An overview of molluscum contagiosum: a viral skin condition
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An overview of molluscum contagiosum: a viral skin condition

Dinah Gould Professor in applied health, City University, London

Molluscum contagiosum is a virus that causes characteristic pearly lesions on the surface of the skin. Small clusters of mollusca are a nuisance rather than a serious health problem. However, the mollusca can be more widespread and disfiguring in people with impaired cell-mediated immunity. Molluscum contagiosum virus is common in children. In adults it can also be contracted during sexual activity and might indicate a need for diagnostic testing for other, more serious sexually transmitted infections in young, sexually active adults.

Nursing Standard. 22, 41, 45-48. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.


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