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How does molluscum contagiosum affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The virus that causes molluscum contagiosum can enter the body through tiny breaks in the skin. Once inside the body, the virus begins to grow, resulting in the small, raised bumps on the skin. In most people, the papules disappear without treatment within 6 to 12 months, although the virus may not die off entirely in the body for four years.

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