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Molluscum contagiosum. Lump caused by Molluscum contagiosum virus on the lower eyelid of a 16- year-old boy. The lump (centre) is composed of a group of tiny, shiny pearly-white papules. These produce a cheesy fluid if squeezed and a crust forms on them before healing occurs. Molluscum contagiosum is usually harmless and most commonly occurs in children. The papules can also appear in groups on the genitals, thighs, face or elsewhere in the body. Molluscum contagiosum is also associated with atopic dermatitis, and seen as an opportunistic infection in AIDS. It usually clears up in a few months but may require medical treatment.
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