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    Small bumps on 5 year old son's skin
    Danier12 posted:
    My 5 year old son has small pumps on his skin for the past 8 months. They bumps are located around his belly button and extend down to his penis. The bumps seem not to be wart like as they are pointy and not pimples. They are not itchy and have progressively got more over time and do not fade away. One or two have started developing on his arm too. What could this be and what could the cause of it be?
    Mary Ruth Buchness, MD responded:
    Dear Danier12,
    Spreading bumps on the skin of a child are most often due to molluscum contagiosum, which is a type of wart that looks different from the common wart. This condition is more common in children who have dry skin, or eczema. It eventually goes away by itself, but in the meantime, can spread to other siblings and classmates, so I recommend taking him to a dermatologist. Dermatologists usually treat the condition by applying a painless liquid to the bumps, or by prescribing a cream to use at home.

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