CONTAGIOUS MOLLUSH (syn .: contagious 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 are epidemic outbreaks in children's groups.
The incubation period is from 2 weeks to several months. Mostly on the skin of the face, neck, back of the hands, as well as on the body, in the armpits small, sharply defined hemispheric 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 hollow with a small hole, from which, when the knot is pressed, a pasty mass is released, consisting of dead skin cells of the epidermis and mollusks (ovoid inclusions containing many viral particles).
Treatment consists of removing the nodules with a surgical forceps or Folkmann spoon, followed by lubrication with 5-10% alcoholic iodine solution, 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 the diseased. Ill children are subject to isolation from children's groups until complete cure.