Molluscum Contagiosum thrives under warm and damp conditions, so keep the skin clean and dry. Try and avoid sharing the affected person’s towels, clothing, facecloths, bed-linen and toys to avoid spreading the condition.
Those affected should be dissuaded from scratching the bumps and certainly from squeezing them as this can promote spread to other areas of skin not yet affected. In children with the condition, thorough hand-washing should be encouraged to remove the virus from the hands. Affected children do not need to stay away from school (or equally, adults, from work).
For adults, shaving on the affected areas should be avoided. Also, if the ano-genital area is affected, refrain from sexual contact until you have seen a healthcare professional.
MolluDab contains 5% potassium hydroxide and this is dotted on the Molluscum contagiosum bumps twice daily by parents or the patients themselves. It breaks down the skin cells which encase the virus, to enable the immune system to recognise the virus and respond to it. After around 4-6 days treatment, the immune system mounts an ‘inflammatory reaction’ to Molluscum contagiosum. Once this inflammatory response has cleared the virus, the skin can begin healing and the Molluscum contagiosum lesions disappear after 1- 5 weeks. Although available on prescription or via your pharmacists, MolluDab has only recently become available in the UK and your doctor or chemist may not yet be fully aware of it, so downloading and taking the following information leaflet to them may help.
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