Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that involves the outer layer of skin, causing tiny white bumps. The centre of the bump may have a depression filled with white material. Molluscum is contagious, but many older children and adults are immune to it. Infants and toddlers are more susceptible. The bumps can appear anywhere, including the face. Usually it causes no harm, but your child may scratch or pick at the bumps, leading to infection by bacteria. The molluscum virus hides from the immune system and natural immunity may take a few years to develop.
Your doctor may try to treat the molluscum by removing them by pricking, freezing or applying a medicated cream to the surface.