Molluscum Contagiosum or Genital Warts? (Photos and pictures)

Pretty much by total accident, some people have discovered that method #2 in my report also works on certain cases of molluscum contagiosum.

I wrote the report specifically based around how to get rid of genital warts. And that’s what most people get it for. However some people have written to me recently saying they mistook what they really had for warts, and in fact they actually had a condition called molluscum contagiosum all along.

Since warts and molluscum are somewhat related and a lot of people mistake them, I thought it would be helpful to do a write up on them.

Molluscum contagiosum looks like little round pimples, usually with hard waxy white cores. Trying to pop them usually results in bleeding and is not a good idea.

Like genital warts, molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection of the skin. MCV-1, MCV-2, MCV-3, and MCV-4 are the four types of virii that can produce moluscum bumps. MCV-1 is the most common and MCV-2 is the one seen in adults that is sexually transmitted. Moluscum can infect any part of the skin but the most common areas are the torso, arms and legs.

Also like genital warts, molluscum is highly contagious via direct skin to skin contact with the infected area. It’s contagious until the bumps are gone so getting rid of them FAST is the most important priority. Some researchers say they can go away on their own in a few months to 2 years, but who would want to wait that long for something that can spread like this?

The time from infection to the appearance of lesions ranges from 2 weeks to 6 months, with an average incubation period of 6 weeks.

Here are some molluscum contagiosum pictures and photos:

molluscum contagiosum
Three molluscum contagiosum bumps

molluscum contagiosum bumps
Notice how unusually round moluscum is

molluscum contagiosum lesions
Notice the obvious hard center on the big one

Notice the waxy white cores on these

molluscum contagiosum cluster
Again, notice the obvious hard center larger one surrounded by other smaller molluscum

molluscum contagiosum on stomach
Perfectly round shape

molluscum contagiosum on torso

moluscum outbreak
Small outbreak of moluscum

Anyway, hopefully now you’ve got a much better idea of the main differences in genital warts and molluscum contagiosum. I didn’t put photos of the warts on this page, because you can already see a lot of them on my genital warts pictures page.

In a future post I’ll write more about what people have e-mailed me when they accidentally discovered that method #2 in my report worked on certain cases of this condition.

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14 Responses to Molluscum Contagiosum or Genital Warts? (Photos and pictures)

  1. Daniel says:

    Ok so i had a wart on the lower part of my penis awhile ago and i went to the clinic and it took two treatment of some acid and the is no sign of it. but me and my girlfriend are worried. the strange thing is i showed the Dr what i thought was a skin tag on my arm he said it was a wart to but i had that on my arm before i ever had sex. what i curious about is HPV i thought was a std and i did research and i found that warts are caused by HPV. I’m just confused and me and my girlfriend like everybody else like to have sex without a condom so when will i get to do that ago with her

    • Greg says:

      Hi Daniel,

      Yes, it’s true that warts are caused by HPV. Thing is, there are around 100 different types of HPV – some cause genital warts, some just regular warts in different areas. Some are spread sexually, some aren’t. As for the timing and the effectiveness of other treatments, take a look at the nearby comment I left in response to a woman asking about when she and her boyfriend can have sex again and that should cover your question.

  2. E says:

    Great images… Helped me identify moluscum on me.

  3. C says:

    Hello Greg. I was diagnosed with molluscum contagiosum on my genital area in May. Since then i have not engaged in sexual contact and it is extremely depressing. I’ve tried cryotherapy which did nothing, immiquimod cream which I don’t even know if it’s working or not, and the worst, cantharidin. My dermatologist applied cantharidin to my penile molluscum and this gave me the secondary problem of scarring on my penis. Greg, how can I remove the tormenting molluscum? How can i get rid of the scarring on my penis? Please help Greg, please.

    • Greg says:

      I’ve replied privately by email. Finally figured out the real solution to this molluscum problem after all this time.

      • John says:

        Hello I have identified this same issue how did u treat them???

        • Greg says:

          For years I did not know how to treat molluscum, but I finally figured it out through some personal trial and error (yes I know, I have some bad luck when it comes to getting skin infections, it seems) I am working on a separate report for a separate website on this. In the meantime, anyone who wants the molluscum info, I can prepare a special report on this for anyone who gets my warts report and video from my newer site here:

          Thank you for your support.

      • M says:

        How did you get rid of this ? I need to know !!
        I haven’t slept with anyone and the doctor diagnosed me with it he froze some off but supper painful how can I quickly get rid of this please x
        Contact me via email please

  4. AB says:

    insightful. so how does one get this. my wife just gave birth and she doesnt have anything as such. i have not been with any other person since we started off our relationship. Also, how can this get treated without any side effects ?

  5. hunter says:

    You posted pictures above of that have a “hard center.” What is the significance of these types? are these just ones that are going away/have scabbed? Are they infected? What is going on with them? I am wondering because some of mine look like that.

    • Greg says:

      Now that I’ve actually had it myself, I can tell you that not all molluscum has a “hard center” like I originally read about online. They can also be like little round pimples that contain a white pasty substance that contains the actual virus. If the bump is broken and this white stuff is released, it can spread the molluscum to other areas like wildfire. It can literally spread overnight in this way. The longer the bump has existed on the skin, the more layers of skin it can have built around the white paste to protect it (the body is trying to contain the virus by layering a lot of skin around it.) Breaking open the bump is NOT the way to go about it. That will only make the situation worse.

  6. Herson Arias says:

    So I went to the ER for an injury and while I was there asked the doctor about these bumps on my area she took a look and said it was gental warts the thing is that it would be impossible because I my partner was a Virgin (yes she was) but I am almost certain that shes wrong. Anyways I was wondering if she’s wrong because mine looks more similar to this. Also I’m sure that what I got is from shaving and not sex can Molluscum Contagiosum happen by having ?

    • Greg says:

      Yes, molluscum can definitely spread by shaving – that actually happened in my case and it was maddening because in order to treat it well, you have to clear away some of the pubic hair and that will involve some degree of shaving and/or plucking away the hair in the worst areas. Molluscum contagiosum gets confused for warts A LOT, even by professionals who should know better. I don’t really know how to test for it at home specifically, but if you suspect it’s what you have, the best things I know of are in my new Molluscum Report, which I do not have a separate website for yet, but you can get by purchasing my warts report from my main site (not this one but and then e-mailing me asking for it. I’ll send it to you manually. I spent a lot of money trying to get rid of molluscum on my own last year and this is basically my findings in a nutshell. In other words, I did NOT find this info online, but rather learned it through personal experience, which I consider to be a lot more valuable to people than just copying what others say and repeating it as truth (which in most cases, it is not, and people just end up passing around the same old info that doesn’t work because none of them actually tried it)

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