Usually molluscum goes away on its own within 12-15 months, although it may last as long as two to three years. In general, no treatment is required, and scarring is very rare, although tiny “pits” may be seen in the skin after the molluscum goes away; these usually fade. Once resolved, it is very unusual for a child to become infected with molluscum again.
If possible, keep infected areas covered with clothing while your child is at school and when he or she is playing in close contact with other children. This may help to reduce the chance of other children becoming infected. Infected areas do not need to be covered with bandages.
Treatment of one or more mollusca does not prevent new molluscum from appearing. Common treatments include:
- “Freezing” the molluscum
- Applying a medication that causes the skin to blister
- Applying a topical medication that causes irritation to the molluscum. These treatments are usually somewhat uncomfortable.
Scraping (curetting) molluscum is not generally recommended as this is very painful and can leave significant scarring.