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Molluscum contagiosum is a large name for an essentially benign viral infection of the skin that causes small skin-colored lumps or bumps. While there are many different causes for lumps and bumps of the skin, molluscum also tend to have a small indentation or crater in their center - not always obvious to the untrained eye!! Molluscum are caused by a DNA poxvirus, of which there are three types (MCV I, MCV II, MCV III). While the presence of molluscum is a frequent aesthetic concern, they are harmless and painless. To sum up, molluscum are a variety of wart that may spread and multiply rapidly.