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How Do You Prevent Molluscum Contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum, a viral infection that affects the skin, can be prevented by avoiding contact with an infected person or their personal items — but of course that’s hard, since you likely don’t know who is infected. You can lessen your chances of contracting the virus, or of sharing it if you have it, by:

  • Practicing good hand washing habits
  • Avoiding touching, scratching or shaving over bumps
  • Not sharing or borrowing personal items that can come in contact with bare skin such as hairbrushes, towels, clothing, or razors
  • Using a condom during sexual activity if you have molluscum contagiosum on your genitals
  • Keeping bumps covered with clothing or a bandage so you can prevent contact with others around you
  • Using your own sports gear, such as helmets and gloves

Other Prevention Methods

Another important part of preventing the spread of molluscum contagiosum is seeing a healthcare professional when you think you may have the virus. Treatment may or may not be necessary, but they can help you understand the best ways to prevent spreading it to others or to other parts of your skin.

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