Dermatologists offer the following tips to their patients who have molluscum contagiousum — or think that they may have this skin condition:
If you think you have molluscum contagiosum, make an appointment to see a dermatologist. It is important to get an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes what looks like molluscum contagiosum can be warts or even skin cancer.
Treatment for molluscum contagiosum helps to prevent this disease from spreading.
Dermatologists offer many treatments for molluscum contagiosum.
Take action so that you do not spread the disease. It is possible to spread this disease to other parts of your body and to other people. When bumps are visible, you can spread molluscum contagiosum. You can prevent spreading this disease by:
- Trying not to scratch or pick at the bumps. Covering the bumps with a bandage may help.
- Not participating in sports such as wrestling, gymnastics, and swimming.
- Not using locker rooms.
- Not sharing towels, washcloths, clothing, and other personal items.
- Not shaving skin that has bumps.
- Not having sex.
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