Need-to-knows about this odd-sounding virus

Strange pearly, wart-like bumps. And combine that with a disease name that sounds like some underwater adventure gone awry.

A parent’s first reaction? It’s likely panic. But pediatric dermatologist Cheryl Bayart, MD, says it’s not necessary. Molluscum contagiosum is pretty much a childhood rite of passage. (Sorry, squeamish moms and dads!) Here, Dr. Bayart fields questions about this common skin rash.

Credit: Amanda Mills CDC

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