Treatment of molluscum contagiosum with cantharidin: a practical approach.

@article{Mathes2010TreatmentOM,
  title={Treatment of molluscum contagiosum with cantharidin: a practical approach.},
  author={Erin F D Mathes and Ilona J Frieden},
  journal={Pediatric annals},
  year={2010},
  volume={39 3},
  pages={
          124-8, 130
        }
}
Molluscum contagiosum is very common. In this article we discuss the use of cantharidin as a treatment option for molluscum contagiosum and give detailed information about distribution sources, how to apply it, and caveats regarding its use.Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral disease of childhood caused by a poxvirus, which presents with small, firm, dome-shaped, umbilicated papules. It is generally benign and self-limited, with spontaneous resolution within 6 months to several years… 

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