CONTAGIOUS Mollusk ( synonym : infectious mollusk) is a viral contagious skin disease. Infection occurs by direct contact with the patient or through infected common objects (towels, sponges, toys). It is observed more often in childhood. There may be epidemic outbreaks in children's groups.
The incubation period is from 2 weeks to several months. Mostly on the skin of the face, neck, rear of the hands, as well as on the trunk, in the armpits, small sharply defined hemispherical nodules with a diameter of 2-5 mm in color of normal skin or pale pink appear. In the center of the nodule there is a recess with a small hole, from which, when the nod is squeezed, a mushy mass is formed, consisting of keratinized epidermal cells and mollusk bodies (ovoid inclusions containing many viral particles).
The treatment consists in removing the nodules with surgical tweezers or a Volkman spoon, followed by lubrication with 5-10% alcohol solution of iodine, cauterization with liquid nitrogen or silver nitrate. Large nodules are removed using diathermocoagulation, cryodestruction.
Prevention consists in observing the rules of personal hygiene, early diagnosis, isolation and treatment of patients. Ill children must be isolated from children's groups until they are completely cured.