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Pictures of Molluscum Contagiosum

Here are some pictures of molluscum contagiosum lesions. There are some really scary pictures out there, which I am not going to show here. I don't want to gross anybody out.

Picture 1: New Molluscum Contagiosum Bumps
New molluscum contagiosum bumps
New molluscum bumps start appearing from 2 weeks to up to six months after infection. They are small, beady, whitish, shiny, and pearl-like. They have a slight bumpy feel to the touch.

Picture 2: Mature Molluscum Contagiosum Bumps

A month or two after first appearing, molluscum bumps become bigger and are significantly raised over the skin. They are now reddish in color with a white tip or a depressed center. They may itch at times, but it is important not to scratch because that will spread the virus. These bumps will persist for a long time.

Picture 3: Cluster of Molluscum Contagiosum Lesions
This picture illustrates what can happen if a lesion is scratched repeatedly.  Scratching will spread the virus to surrounding skin. Within a couple of weeks, new lesions will start appearing in the immediate surrounding area, and you will end up with a cluster of bumps that will look and feel much worse than the original one. This cluster is growing inside the hairline.

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