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What do I need to know about caring for someone with molluscum contagiosum?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Caring for someone who has molluscum contagiosum involves helping them treat the infection and not spread it to others. If the doctor has prescribed topical medications, these should be applied as directed. Also, any papules that are not covered by clothing should be bandaged so others will not have direct contact with the bumps and so the infected person will be less likely to scratch or rub them. You should also wash your hands thoroughly after touching the person or any of their belongings so you do not contract the virus.

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