Molluscum contagiosum

  • Viral infection of the skin
  • Symptoms may include flesh colored raised sores on the skin
  • Commonly spread by sexual or direct contact with infected individuals or contaminated objects
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but common in children with eczema or individuals with a weakened immune system
  • Most often mild
  • Not life threatening

  • Avoid scraping and touching the bumps
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as hair brushes or towels
  • Avoid contact sports
  • Avoid sexual intercourse

 

FOR ITCHING

  • Avoid items or situations that cause you to itch
  • Moisturize daily
  • Use creams, lotions or gels that soothe and cool the skin
  • Avoid scratching
  • Cut fingernails short, and consider wearing gloves at night to prevent scratching
  • Use mild, fragrance free soap and laundry detergent
  • Cover area with cold wet bandages or take a cool bath
  • Over-the-counter medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Hydrocortisone cream
    • Diphenhydramine

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