A viral disease
of the skin, characterized
by one or more firm, dome-shaped nodules with a central dimple and containing a cheese-like substance. The virus is transmitted
by sexual contact as well as by shared
use of clothing, linen, and towels or other
items that have been contaminated with the virus; outbreaks in schools are not uncommon.
For cosmetic purposes, the nodules
may be unsightly, but they are not dangerous. Once diagnosed, a dermatologist
can remove them with a curette or by electrodessication. The nodules can recur if the infected
items are not sanitized
or if a sexual
contact is not treated.