How can molluscum contagiosum be prevented?

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While it is important not to touch or come in contact with molluscum contagiosum, keep in mind that most cases occur in young children who are unable to avoid contact with the virus that causes it. The virus incubates for weeks without being visible, so by the time a parent or teacher notices "water warts" (another name for molluscum contagiosum) on the child's skin, the virus has already been introduced into the environment. If your child develops this condition, it's important not to panic, because the skin lesions are effectively treated by dermatologists and don't cause fever or internal illness like some other viruses.

If you or your child have molluscum contagiosum, you can follow some simple practices at home, like showering instead of bathing, drying off with a separate towel for each family member, and using the extra-rinse option when laundering clothes. Also, wash your hands if you touch the skin lesions, and use a toothpick or cosmetic applicator when applying medicine to the lesions.

Molluscum contagiosum can be prevented by avoiding contact with the virus that causes it. Washing your hands and avoiding the sharing of personal care products, such as towels, can prevent the spread of the virus. Sexual contact with anyone exhibiting papules on their buttocks, inner thighs, abdomen or genitals should also be avoided. A condom will not completely protect you since the virus may be spread from other parts of the skin.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.