Pimply, Dimply Bumps: What They Might Be

by Leigh Ann Otte

Pop quiz. What could it mean if you have a bump that:

  • is the size of a pimple,
  • has a dimple in the middle,
  • and can spread quickly, including to other people?

It could mean that … drum roll, please … you have …

… molluscum contagiosum.

Say that three times fast. This skin disorder isn’t harmful, but it’s highly contagious–and, of course, you need to see your health-care provider to make sure that’s what you have. Learn more, and be prepared if one of these little suckers shows up on your body–or your kid’s. Here’s this week’s featured article: “What Is Molluscum Contagiosum?”

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a freelance writer.

This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

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5 Responses to “Pimply, Dimply Bumps: What They Might Be”

  1. Matt Says:

    I’ve seen these on children, and its scary how contagious they can be. However, it’s hard to quarantine 2-year-olds. Are they contagious to the touch only, or would they be communicable in a bath tub as well? If the children were sharing a bath.

  2. Dr D Says:

    Some nodular basal cell skin cancers may look like this as well. An evaluation with a physician is in order.
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  3. Leigh Ann Says:

    Hi, Matt. Yes, from what I can find, it seems that they are communicable through bathtubs. For example, the following guidelines, posted at the National Guideline Clearinghouse, recommend not sharing tubs:
    (Under “Recommendations,” see “Treatment Options,” then point 1.B.)

    Dr. D: Thank you for sharing your input. Yes, this post and the article recommend seeing the doctor too. You always have to confirm what it is.

    Leigh Ann Otte
    Managing Editor, MyFamilyDoctorMag.com
    Leigh Ann recently posted..4 Tips to Get a Doctors Appointment Sooner

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