Molluscum Contagiosum in Charlotte, NC Darst Dermatology offers personalized treatment for molluscum contagiosum in Charlotte, Matthews, and the surrounding North Carolina communities. What Is Molluscum Contagiosum? A common virus sometimes causes a skin infection called molluscum contagiosum. The virus is quite contagious, so you should be treated immediately. Children frequently become infected with molluscum contagiosum after touching infected toys or through contact with other children. Among adults, molluscum contagiosum can be transmitted by sexual activity, which results in a rash near or on the genitals. The molluscum contagiosum infection appears as small, bright red bumps with small indentions on the surface. The bumps itch, and when you scratch them, they come off and can infect others. How Is Molluscum Contagiosum Treated? If left untreated, molluscum contagiosum may go away after 12 to 24 months. However, since it’s highly contagious, you should consider treatment immediately to prevent spreading it to others. Anyone in your household who shows signs of infection should be treated as well to keep infections from recurring. Dr. Darst can diagnose the condition through a visual inspection. Some cases might require scraping the skin to confirm a diagnosis. Young children may be treated with topical creams. Freezing the lesions with liquid nitrogen may cause them to blister and go away. Advanced infections sometimes require a minor surgical intervention using a local anesthetic. Dr. Darst, a board-certified dermatologist, offers expert treatment for molluscum contagiosum to residents of Charlotte, Matthews, and other Metrolina communities in North Carolina. Schedule a consultation today by calling 704-321-3376. Darst Dermatology is conveniently located at 11301 Golf Links Drive North, Charlotte, NC 28277.