Molluscum contagiosum is a common and usually harmless skin disease caused by a virus that spreads easily from person to person. The virus causes small growths that can appear anywhere on the skin from one week to several months after contact.
These growths tend to appear as small, firm, dome-shaped bumps that can be white, pink or flesh-colored and are dimpled or indented in the center. They may become red and swollen, and less commonly, they may feel sore or itch. Most people see growths on areas of sin that touch, such as the bend of the arm, groin or inner thighs. Growths may also appear on the face, chest, abdomen, buttocks or eyelids.