Molluscum Contagiosum in Iraqi Patients
Molluscum contagiosum is a viral disease of the skin characterized by discrete, multiple, flesh-coloured or shiny papules. Molluscum contagiosum is common in immunocompromised patients, sexually active adults and children. There are increases in the incidence of molluscum contagiosum among Iraqi patient needs further study. The study aims to provide the characteristics and the clinical features of MC on a series of patients in Al-Nassiria city. Evaluation of 120 patients was conducted in Al-Hussein teaching Hospital in Al-Nassiria, Iraq, Patients with MC were diagnosed clinically by two dermatologists in the dermatology department. Over the study period, data of these patients were collected and analysis was done as follows: patient age and gender, duration of the disease in months, site, and history of atopic dermatitis. 120 patients entered this study. That mean age of the patients at present study was 29.5 16.7 years range (1-70years). The patients between (1-10year) had the 1st peak of incidence of disease, patients 38 of 120 (31.7%), the child specifically between children aged 1–4 years are 31 of 38 patients. MC lesions were presented mainly at the right side of the face in 79 patients (80.6%) compared to the left side of the face in 19 (19.4%) the P value was also < 0. 001. We conclude that patient with This survey has demonstrated that Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin infection. Molluscum contagiosum papules most commonly develop on the face on right side.