How does molluscum contagiosum affect the body?

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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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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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