Molluscum Contagiosum is a common pediatric skin condition caused by a poxvirus that infects only the skin. The virus enters the skin through small breaks in the skin barrier. Once the virus has entered the skin, it causes growths that may appear anywhere on the body. These growths are typically small, raised and usually white, pink, or flesh-colored with a dimple or a pit in the center. Most of these growths are between 2 and 5 millimeters in diameter, they are usually smooth and firm and may have a pearly appearance.
While many cases of this condition will eventually go away, treatment can be used to help prevent the growths from spreading and causing scarring.