A Molluscum contagiosum patient may experience itchiness, though this is not common during the beginning stages of the infection. As the infection progresses, an individual can experience roughness, pinkness, and itchiness of the skin that surrounds the bumps caused by the virus. This itchiness around the bumps is reported to be similar to the symptoms that occur in an individual affected by eczema. This type of skin reaction that occurs around the molluscum bodies can cause patients to rub and itch the area. If the affected individual scratches or rubs the irritated skin, the virus can spread to parts of neighboring skin as well. A topical medication containing steroids has shown to be effective at relieving itchiness that occurs due to Molluscum contagiosum.
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