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.