What increases my risk for molluscum contagiosum?

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Those at greatest risk for contracting molluscum contagiosum are children under 10. Children are more likely to share toys, towels, and other items that may spread the virus. Adults who engage in unprotected sex may be at greater risk of contracting the virus, since direct contact with the lesions also spreads the infection to others. People who have compromised immune systems may also be more likely to contract the virus.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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