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Molluscum Contagiosum Complications

Just like every condition that may affect us as humans, there will always be cases where complications may arise.

So, this section will give a brief outline of the more usual ones.

Molluscum Contagiosum Complications – Quick Facts

Molluscum Contagiosum Complications May Include

  • Irritation and discomfort
  • Inflammation
  • Secondary skin conditions, such as eczema
  • Eye or eyelid problems
  • Persistence, spread, or recurrence of lesions and resistance to treatments
  • Secondary bacterial skin infections


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Molluscum Contagiosum Complications can happen more often in individuals with a weakened or weak immune system. Some of the reasons a person may have a weakened immune system include:

  • having HIV or AIDS
  • taking medication to suppress the body’s natural immune system, for example, following an organ transplant, or to treat severe autoimmune conditions
  • receiving chemotherapy
  • taking steroid medication

The four most common complications that can occur in people with a weakened immune system are:

  • having larger bumps than usual
  • having many more bumps than normal
  • having a larger area of the body covered by the bumps
  • higher resistance of the sores to treatment

Owing to the increased risk of developing a more severe form of molluscum contagiosum, people with a weakened immune system are usually referred to a dermatologist.


Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for patches of eczema to develop around the bumps, or mollusca, even if eczema was not present before.

Eczema is a skin condition that usually produces itch, redness, blisters and scaling.

Molluscum Contagiosum ComplicationsAtopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema.

The term “dermatitis” describes an inflammatory response of the skin, caused by contact with allergens or irritants, exposure to
sunlight, or by poor circulation, even stress.

Scratching the eczema rash may spread the inflammation, lead to infection and even leave scars and, will only help to spread or complicate a molluscum contagiosum infection.

Bacterial Infection

Although it is not usual, the molluscum contagiosum bumps or lesions may become infected with bacteria.

To lessen the threat of bacterial infection, do not squeeze, puncture, scratch or otherwise aggravate the sores, and slow down the healing process.

If infection occurs, antibiotics may be required.


If molluscum contagiosum occurs around the eyes, the sufferer may develop conjunctivitis.

There is a thin layer of cells (membrane) between the inner surface of the eyelids and the whites of the eyes, called the conjunctiva.

Conjunctivitis is when the conjunctiva becomes inflamed.

Molluscum Contagiosum ComplicationsAnother name for conjunctivitis is pink eye.

This inflammation causes the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva to become more noticeable, and the eye looks red or pink.

The eyes frequently become red, swollen and watery. A sticky coating may develop on the eyelashes – this is most noticeable in the morning or when waking up after a long sleep.

Sometimes, it feels as if the eyelids are stuck together glue.

This sticky coating is pus which is produced by the infection and, can sometimes harden into a kind of crust.


Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea (the clear front window of the eye that focuses and transmits light into the eye).

The eyes may become sensitive to light or painful, and vision may be blurred.

Patients with molluscum contagiosum who develop such eye complications will be referred to an eye specialist (ophthalmologist).

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