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Ask A Skin Doctor: Molluscum Contagiosum

Dear Doctor

Hi, I’m worried about this bump on the tip of the head of my penis, its been there for several months.

It started just flesh colored with a pin sized black dot on the middle. Now it has darkened and grown slightly.

Should I be worried about cancer and what is the best and cheapest option to get it removed and biopsied if that is needed? Thanks.

 molluscum contagiosum

Dear Patient

Your symptoms are suggestive of molluscum contagiosum.

It is caused by a poxvirus and it is not cancer.

You may not require treatment since they tend to resolve by themselves in 1 year or so. This is the cheapest form of treatment but it carries the risk of spreading the infection to your partner.

There are many forms of treatment and the ones that you can try at home include:

1. Applying 5% Imiquimod cream 1 drop on the lesion at night and rubbing it in for 3 nights each week. Wash off the medication in the morning and repeat this process until the lesion becomes slightly red. It should then fall off after some time.

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