Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum Contagiosum is a virus infection. 

The infection causes small, pearly, fluid filled bumps with a central dimple on the skin surface. Molluscum is transmitted through skin to skin including sexual contact. Usually the papules are painless but they may itch sometimes. The papules if left untreated generally disappear within nine to twelve months. Treatment is usually recommended in adults to resolve the symptoms more quickly.

The treatment involves freezing the papule with liquid nitrogen. It may be necessary to treat the papules more than once.

If you have no symptoms and want a straightforward test you can:

  • either order a smart kit online for home delivery
  • or attend one of our clinics where you can collect a smart kit without needing to wait and see a clinician.

This is a quick, easy and confidential way to screen for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis.

Call our appointments line for more information about sexual health services in Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth.

0333 300 2100 (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm).

Read more about molluscum contagiosum via the NHS Choices website