Molluscum Contagiosum

Common, contagious skin infection that primarily affects children below the age of 14.1
Molluscum contagiosum is a common, contagious skin infection caused by the molluscipoxvirus. There are currently no FDA-approved therapies for molluscum, and upon seeking treatment, caregivers are faced with potentially painful in-office, dermatologist-administered physical procedures or cantharidin, or recommended off-label prescriptions and over-the-counter products. More than half of the patients diagnosed with molluscum are untreated and over 30% of those treated receive an off-label prescription with no molluscum indication or proven clinical efficacy. The average time to resolution is 13 months, however, some children experience lesions that may not resolve in 24 months. 


  • Causes round, firm, itchy bumps / lesions 

  • Lasts an average of 13 months, if left untreated 

  • Affects approximately ~6 million people in the U.S.1,2 

  • More than 1 million new cases diagnosed annually3 

  • Primarily affects children below the age of 14 

1. Prevalence in the US of 5.1% to 11.5% in children aged 0-16 years. (Fam Pract. 2014 Apr;31(2):130-6). 2. Molluscum Contagiosum – Epidemiology Forecast – 2028. Seven Major Markets (U.S., Germany, Spain, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, and Japan from 2017 – 2028). 3. Syneos Health market research sponsored by Novan, Inc.

    Negatively Affects Children, Caregivers, and Families