Molluscum contagiosum is fairly common skin disease that originates from a pox virus. The virus can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months. Knowing the stages of molluscum contagiosum can help you more proactively treat the health condition and find relief from its symptoms.

Molluscum contagiosum’s stages are as follows:

Stage One: Small Painless Papules


Stage 1


The first stage of molluscum contagiosum is simple to spot. Tiny, skin-colored bumps start appearing and spreading somewhere on the skin. These bumps will be clustered together in a rash-like pattern. At first, they’re difficult to see because of their size and color, but the sooner you notice them, the better you can care for the affected areas of skin. You can contact your doctor and start using creams like Emuaid during the first stage.

Stage Two: Developed Bumps


Stage 2

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The second of four molluscum contagiosum stages includes clearly visible bumps. These bumps will have a pearly look and feel to them, and are easier to spot than the first stage molluscum contagiosum bumps. These lesions will appear several days after the first stage bumps and will grow somewhere between 2-5 millimeters in size. Continue using creams and schedule an appointment with your doctor to start treatment if you haven’t already.

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Stage Three: Purulent


Stage 3


Molluscum contagiosum’s third stage makes an appearance with pus heads. These large pus head bumps usually have a dimple in the center of each bump. At this point, a doctor might recommend some form of physical treatment. This usually involves removing the pus by cutting open the individual lesions, or use of cryotherapy. Avoid touching these areas with these bumps whenever possible until you have had the opportunity to speak with your doctor about skin care options.

Stage Four: Bursts


Stage 4

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The fourth stage of molluscum contagiosum includes bursting bumps. The bumps usually burst after periods of scratching. It’s important to avoid touching or scratching wherever possible because burst lesions make bacterial infections, and the spread of molluscum contagiosum to other parts of the body, or to other people more likely. Emuaid can help soothe burning, itching skin in cases like these.


The sooner you can identify the signs of molluscum contagiosum infections, the sooner you can get the treatment you need to combat its symptoms and improve your recovery time. Hopefully, this article will help you better identify the stages of molluscum contagiosum so you can treat it if necessary.