Is massage contraindicated for contagiosum epitheliale (molluscum contagiosum)?

When we have a client with the following condition: contagiosum epitheliale (molluscum contagiosum)

Signs and symptoms for contagiosum epitheliale (molluscum contagiosum)

  • Consisting of single or, more often, multiple, rounded, dome-shaped, pink, waxy papules that are 2-5 mm
  • The spots aren’t painful, but can be itchy
  • The spots may develop in small clusters and can be spread across different parts of the body
  • They’re most often found in the armpit, behind the knees or on the groin


Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a viral infection that affects the skin. It most commonly affects children, although it can occur at any age.

MC is generally a harmless condition that normally gets better in a few months without any specific treatment.

However, it’s common for the condition to spread around the body, so it can take up to 18 months or more for the condition to clear completely.

MC is caused by a virus known as the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV).

This virus can be spread through:

  • Close direct contact – such as touching the skin of an infected person
  • Touching contaminated objects – such as towels, flannels, toys and clothes
  • Sexual contact – this includes intimate physical contact as well as sexual intercourse
Is contagiosum epitheliale (molluscum contagiosum) contagious?
Yes, "contagiosum epitheliale (molluscum contagiosum)" is contagious!

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