Molluscum contagiosum (sometimes called "water warts" since the infection is often picked up from pools) is a common skin disease, frequently seen in children. It is caused by a virus that is spread from person to person through water, towels, or close contact. The characteristic dome-shaped bumps generally heal without treatment over time, but can become very inflamed or even infected by bacteria. Scratching or picking these bumps can spread the virus from one part of your body to another. When treatment is needed, we work to find the safest, pain-free approach for our pediatric patients to clear up the skin as quickly as possible.