Like many other skin diseases, the molluscum contagiosum virus can spread easily to other parts of the body and to people you come in contact with.
As the name suggests, the virus is very contagious and people who have it need to be very careful to not make the situation worse.
Though this specific skin disease doesn’t typically cause pain or cause people to change their day-to-day lives, it can be hard to get rid of, and trying to contain the disease is the first step that sufferers should take.
This article will go over some of the best tips for preventing your molluscum contagiosum from spreading – both to other parts of your body as well as to others.
Don’t Scratch the Molluscum Contagiosum Bumps
It can be tempting to try and pick or scratch molluscum contagiosum lesions. This is especially true if you have had them for a while and just want to get rid of them.
While scratching or picking at the lesions may make it seem like they are gone, the contagious part of the virus (the white gooey substance) actually lays inside the bump and isn’t killed just because the skin covering it is gone.
Once the skin is gone, the virus is now open to the environment, and can easily infect other parts of the body or other people.
If you do try to remove the lesions yourself, be sure to wear gloves and use a tool with fine points, such as tweezers. Try to remove the white goo after piercing the skin and always dispose of it properly so no one else is infected.
Wash Your Hands Often
When dealing with molluscum contagiosum, you may touch the lesions periodically throughout the day – whether accidentally or while treating them.
One of the easiest things you can do to stop the virus from spreading is by simply washing your hands often. Washing your hands can help kill germs, bacteria, and viruses and is an easy way to help improve your problem.
You should always wash your hands very well after treating your molluscum contagiosum or any time you touch them. You may want to wash your hands with some hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol to play it safe.
Cover Your Molluscum Contagiosum Bumps
As explained earlier, molluscum contagiosum is very contagious – even to other parts of your own body. To prevent spreading of lesions, try to always keep them covered.
Not only will this help other parts of your skin from coming in contact with the bumps, it will also stop you from accidentally touching them.
Some effective coverings you can use include Band-Aids, bandages, and certain kinds of tape if they do not irritate your skin. Every time you shower or treat your molluscum contagiosum, simply cover the bumps up. It only takes a few minutes but could make a huge difference in your situation.
Don’t Share/Reuse Towels or Clothing That Come in Contact With Your Molluscum Contagiosum Bumps
Believe it or not, clothing and towels can carry the molluscum contagiosum virus simply by coming in contact with papules. For this reason, it is important to never reuse or share towels and clothing that come in contact with your affected skin.
Any towels (such as your bath towel) or clothing (such as underwear) that come in contact with your molluscum contagiosum should be thoroughly washed before using again. You may want to consider using a heavier or sanitary wash on these items to make sure the virus is completely gone.
Following this tip not only prevents your own disease from spreading, it also protects friends and family who may ask to borrower clothing or a towel.
Don’t Shave Affected Areas
If your lesions are on your face or in your genital area, do not shave the hair covering that skin. Your razor may slice open the bumps and cause the disease to spread to surrounding areas. Also, if you use the same razor on multiple parts of your body, you run the risk of spreading the virus to a whole new part of your body.
Avoid Sexual Contact
If you are sexually active, you should abstain from any sexual contact until your lesions have cleared up. As explained above, the virus can spread from skin to skin contact, so if your partner touches your affected area, they may contract it themselves.
If you cannot abstain from sexual contact, be sure to at least create a complete barrier between your affected skin and your partner/other parts of your body.
If you follow the above tips, and are sanitary and aware of your lesions in your day-to-day life, you should be able to stop your molluscum contagiosum from spreading any more than they would naturally. If you can limit the spreading, you will have less of an area to treat, and are more likely to successfully eliminate your molluscum contagiosum. If you are unsure if something is safe or not, it is better to play safe than sorry. When in doubt, always use gloves, cover your molluscum contagiosum bumps, and wash your hands as much as possible.