Should I Pop My Molluscum Contagiosum Bumps?

should I pop my molluscum contagiosum

If you have molluscum contagiosum, you may feel desperate to get rid of it. It is tiring constantly having to worry about touching your papules, cleaning them, and making sure that they are not spreading. 

You may be tempted to squeeze or pop your molluscum contagiosum bumps. While this may seem like a good idea at first, it always isn't the best decision.

This article will look at whether you should pop your molluscum contagiosum lesions or not to help you prevent the virus from spreading.

​What Happens When You Pop Your Molluscum Contagiosum?

When you pop your molluscum contagiosum bumps, the skin is broken, exposing the inside of the bump. If you have done this before, you may have noticed a white gooey substance. This is actually where the virus is contained and is the most contagious part. 

If you are not careful, the virus may come in contact with other parts of your skin, infected them and possibly causing new bumps to appear. Furthermore, you may not necessarily kill the virus just by popping the bump.

So Should You Pop Your Molluscum Contagiosum Bumps?

In general the answer is no.

It is very risky to pop your bumps and expose your body to the most contagious part of the disease. Doing so may cause the virus to spread and more bumps may appear. This will not only not eliminate your molluscum contagiosum, it makes it even more difficult to treat and eliminate.

It is typically wiser to use a over-the-counter or at-home remedy molluscum contagiosum treatment.​ These are usually able to slow the spreading of the disease and actually kill the virus without you having to pop the lesions. Because most of these treatments are liquid, they can typically enter the skin through pores and start working on the virus.

How to Pop Your Molluscum Contagiosum (If You Must)

If you really feel the need to pop one of your bumps, and can't resist any longer, there are some tips to follow​ to reduce the chance of spreading and ensuring that you kill the virus. As always, be sure to consult with your doctor before attempting this.

  1. Wear gloves and ensure no loose clothing or hair may come in contact with the affected area​
  2. Gather alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, gauze/paper towels, a trash bag, a sharp fine tool, and band-aids
  3. Poke the center of the molluscum contagiosum lesion with your sharp tool
  4. While squeezing the bump from the base up, hold your alcohol gauze over the bump and wipe away anything that comes out (blood + white gooey substance usually)
  5. Dispose of gauze
  6. Wipe area where bump was with hydrogen peroxide and dispose of wipe
  7. Cover with band-aid
  8. Wash of tool used to poke bump with alcohol
  9. Repeat for as many bumps as needed

As you may be able to tell from the above instructions, it is very important to sanitize or discard every item that comes in contact with your molluscum contagious. Never reuse anything, even if it is for a nearby bump.

Always sufficiently wash any tools (as well as your hands) with alcohol after using them and throw away any disposable products such as paper towels, wipes, and gauze.

If you do not think you can comfortably follow the above instructions, then do not try at all.

​Note: There is no guarantee that following the above procedure will (a) eliminate your molluscum contagiosum and (b) not cause any spreading of the disease. We do not recommend popping your molluscum contagiosum at all in the vast majority of cases.

Final Thoughts

In general, you should avoid popping your molluscum contagiosum. It is one of the easiest ways to expose other parts of your skin to the virus and can easily cause spreading. If you have decided that you are going to pop your bumps, be sure to be very careful and sanitary to avoid further spreading.


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