Molluscum contagiosum can also affect the genital area, and in this case, it is referred to as “molluscum contagiosum genital infection.” This viral skin infection can be transmitted through sexual contact, and the bumps can appear on or around the genital region, inner thighs, buttocks, and even the lower abdomen. The appearance and characteristics of the bumps are similar to those found in other parts of the body.
When molluscum contagiosum affects the genital area, it can cause discomfort, itching, and sometimes mild pain. The infection can be particularly concerning in sexually active individuals, as it can be mistaken for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as genital warts. Therefore, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis from a healthcare professional if you suspect you have any unusual bumps or rashes in the genital region.
The treatment options for molluscum contagiosum in the genital area are similar to those used for other parts of the body and can include:
- Topical Treatments: Creams or ointments may be prescribed to apply to the affected area.
- Cryotherapy: Freezing the bumps with liquid nitrogen.
- Curettage: Scraping the bumps off the skin.
- Laser Therapy: Using laser treatment to remove the bumps.
- Prescription Medications: Antiviral medications can be used in more severe cases.
- Protective Measures: Avoiding sexual contact while the infection is active can help prevent spreading the virus to a partner.