Who Gets Molluscum

Molluscum Contagiosum- Who Gets It?

Quick Facts

Molluscum Contagiosum

  • is most often found in children between 1-10 years of age.
  • it may affect teens and adults in some circumstances.
  • is found all over the world and affects both men and women equally.
  • affects all races.

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The first record of molluscum contagiosum spots goes back to 1817.

There are sufferers of  molluscum throughout the world, particularly in tropical climates. Like all viruses,the molluscum contagiosum virus thrives in warm, humid places.

It is prevalent in areas of the world where there is poverty, overcrowding and poor hygiene.

All races and genders are affected equally.

Children and adults with immune disorders are also more prone to getting infected.

In a very young child where their immune systems are not fully developed, a molluscum infection may persist for longer.

molluscum contagiosum in adultsThe presence of atopic dermatitis ( the most common form of eczema) is believed to increase risk of contracting molluscum contagiosum perhaps because the skin already lacks certain immune factors, the skin is already thinned or because there is already a tendency to scratch at the skin when it is itchy, leaving the skin broken or more vulnerable to the virus.

Molluscum Contagiosum in Children

Molluscum Contagiosum is most common in children between the ages of one and ten.

It is estimated that approximately 5% of children in the US, a staggering 2 million children are diagnosed with molluscum contagiosum each year.

molluscum contagiosum in adultsMolluscum contagiosum in children is much more common than it is in adults.

There may be a number of reasons for this.

Children’s immune systems are less well developed than adults’ immune systems.

Children are usually in much more direct contact with each other.

They may simply be too young to understand the contagious nature of the virus and take steps to either minimise contact with affected youngsters or, if they are the one affected, to not have contact with other children unless their bumps are covered up.

It is interesting that most parents do not seem to catch the virus from their children, so perhaps, they already have some level of immunity against the virus.

Remember…molluscum contagiosum usually affects children between the ages of 1-10 and there have only been one or two recorded cases of the infection affecting infants.

This should go a long way to reassuring any pregnant mothers who may have molluscum contagiosum and are worried about passing it on to their baby.

It is highly unlikely that your infection would be transmitted to your infant.

Molluscum Contagiosum in Adults

molluscum contagiosum in adultsMolluscum Contagiosum may affect sexually active adults.

There is a continuing increase in the numbers of people contracting molluscum contagiosum as a sexually transmitted disease in line with the rise in the numbers of STDs in general.

Molluscum may also affect  those people with a weak or weakened auto-immune system including people with AIDS or HIV, those receiving chemotherapy or taking medications following organ transplantation.

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