Actas Dermo-Sifiliográficas (English Edition) Actas Dermo-Sifiliográficas (English Edition)
Update on the Treatment of Molluscum Contagiosum in Children
Actualización sobre el tratamiento de moluscos contagiosos en los niños
P. Gerleroa, Á. Hernández-Martínb,,
a Servicio de Dermatología, Hospital Sirio Libanés, Buenos Aires, Argentina
b Servicio de Dermatología, Hospital Infantil del Niño Jesús, Madrid, Spain
Received 30 October 2017, Accepted 18 January 2018

Molluscum contagiosum is one of the most common viral infections in childhood. It is a benign and usually self-limiting infection, but its treatment in children can be challenging, particularly when the patient presents multiple lesions or when lesions are symptomatic or highly visible. Several treatment options exist. Choice of treatment depends on the number and location of lesions, the prior experience of the treating physician, and the preferences of the child's parents or carers. This article provides an update on treatment options for molluscum contagiosum, with a particular focus on immunocompetent pediatric patients.


El molusco contagioso es una de las infecciones virales más frecuente en los niños. Aunque se trata de una infección de curso benigno y generalmente autolimitada, el tratamiento puede resultar complicado en la edad pediátrica cuando las lesiones son muy numerosas, están en áreas visibles, o producen molestias. Existen diversos tratamientos disponibles, cuya selección depende del número y localización de las lesiones, de la experiencia del médico que las trata, y de las preferencias de los padres o cuidadores. Este artículo proporciona una actualización sobre las diferentes terapias contra los moluscos contagiosos particularmente enfocadas a los pacientes pediátricos.

Molluscum contagiosum, Children, Treatment, Poxvirus, Curettage, Cryotherapy
Palabras clave
Moluscos contagiosos, Niños, Tratamiento, Poxvirus, Curetaje, Crioterapia


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