One of the best ways to prevent infections, including molluscum contagiosum, is to wash hands frequently and properly. If you do become infected, keep in mind that it is a mild infection that is typically cleared by your body within several months without treatment. However, some lesions can remain for up to 2 to 3 years.
The following tips can help prevent spreading the infection to other parts of your body and to other people:
- Practice good hand hygiene and wash your hands regularly.
- Don't pick or scratch the bumps. This not only prevents spreading the virus but also reduces the risk of developing a secondary infection.
- Whenever possible, keep the bumps covered. Cover the infected area with a bandage (preferably watertight) or clothing. When there is no risk of passing the infection to others, remove the bandages to allow your skin to breathe.
- If the infection is in the genital area, avoid sexual activities until you see your doctor.
- Do not share personal items (e.g., towels, clothing, and sports equipment).
Because this infection usually clears up on its own, your doctor may not recommend treatment beyond the strategies mentioned above to prevent its spread. Depending on your age and risk of spreading the infection, your doctor may discuss several treatment options with you. The options may include:
- freezing the growths (also called cryotherapy)
- removing fluid within the bumps (also called curettage)
- removing growths with laser treatment
- creams prescribed by your doctor to be applied to the infected area
- oral medications
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