Update on the Treatment of molluscum Contagiosum in children

Actas Dermosifiliogr (Engl Ed). 2018 Jun;109(5):408-415. doi: 10.1016/j.ad.2018.01.007. Epub 2018 Mar 22.
[Article in English, Spanish]


Molluscum contagiosum is one of the most common viral infections in childhood. It is a benign and usually self-limiting infection, but its treatment in children can be challenging, particularly when the patient presents multiple lesions or when lesions are symptomatic or highly visible. Several treatment options exist. Choice of treatment depends on the number and location of lesions, the prior experience of the treating physician, and the preferences of the child's parents or carers. This article provides an update on treatment options for molluscum contagiosum, with a particular focus on immunocompetent pediatric patients.

Keywords: Children; Cryotherapy; Curettage; Molluscum contagiosum; Moluscos contagiosos, Niños, Tratamiento, Poxvirus, Curetaje, Crioterapia; Poxvirus; Treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Humans
  • Molluscum Contagiosum / therapy*