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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection that can affect children and adults.
- Cream medicine: There are several different kinds of creams that can be used to help treat this skin infection. These creams may also help stop the bumps from spreading to other areas of your body. Ask your primary healthcare provider what cream to use and how long to use it.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Prevent the spread of molluscum contagiosum:
- Wash your hands: Always wash your and your child's hands after caring for or touching the infected area. Also wash your hands before you touch food, your eyes, or other people. If no water is available, use germ-killing hand lotion or gel to clean your hands. Alcohol-based hand lotion or gel works best. Germ-killing hand cleaners may not kill all the germs on your hands, so wash your hands with soap and water as soon as possible after using it.
- Do not share personal items: Children should not bathe together or share towels if one of them has this skin infection. Do not share or reuse items that have come in contact with molluscum contagiosum bumps or sores. Examples are clothing, bedding, and washcloths. These items may be used again after they have been washed with hot water and soap.
- Cover the bumps: Keep skin areas that have bumps covered with clothing. Do not scratch the bumps. This may spread the infection to other parts of your body or to other people.
- Avoid close contact with others: Avoid contact sports, such as wrestling or football. Do not have sex until the bumps are all gone.
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You have swelling, redness, pain, tenderness, or warmth in the infected areas of your skin.
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