- Indirect contact with an infected person through items such as wrestling mats or by sharing towels or clothing
- Sexual contact with an infected person
- Weakened immune system (eg, HIV/AIDS )
- Having other skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis
- Living in a humid climate
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- Small, dome-shaped bumps with dimpling in center
- Painless, but may be itchy or tender
- Appear translucent, pearly or flesh-colored at first then may turn gray and drain
- White or waxy substance in center of lesion
- Usually multiple lesions in groups
- Face, trunk, arms, and legs are common sites in children
- Genitals, abdomen, and inner thigh are common sites in adults
- Can last from several weeks to several years
- Salicilic acid
- Silver nitrate
- Trichloracetic acid
- Avoid contact with an infected person. Do not share towels and clothing.
- Avoid sexual contact with an infected person..
- Not touching the lesions
- Not scratching
- Washing your hands promptly if they do come in contact with the lesions
American Academy of Dermatology http://www/aad.org/
The American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org/
American Social Health Association http://www.ashastd.org/
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca/
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/93/2012 -