Thespots caused by molluscum contagiosum (MC) are usually easy to recognise.
Your GP should be able to diagnose the condition without carrying outfurther tests.
If your GP thinks that the infection may be caused by something other than MC, they may want to carry out some tests.
For example, theymay take a sample from one of the spots to test it for the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV).This is known asa skin Biopsy .
If you have spots on your genitals, your GP may refer you to a genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic to be tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) .
If you prefer, you can go toan STI clinic directly. Consultation is confidential and free.
Your GP may refer you to a specialist if:
Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a viral infection that affects the skin. It most commonly affects children, although it can occur at any age.
Small, dome-shaped, skin coloured papules (spots) are usually the only symptom of molluscum contagiosum (MC).
The spots caused by molluscum contagiosum (MC) are usually easy to recognise. Your GP should be able to diagnose the condition without carrying out further tests.
Treatment for molluscum contagiosum (MC) is not routinely recommended because most cases clear up in around 6 to 18 months without the need for treatment.
Molluscum contagiosum (MC) usually clears up on its own eventually without the need for treatment, and it rarely causes any other problems.