Molluscum Contagiosum

  • Medical Author:
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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Is it possible to prevent molluscum contagiosum?

It is possible to reduce the chance of getting the disease by avoiding any direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. Contact with items touched recently by an infected person (clothing, towels, and benches, for example) should also be avoided. Either not having sexual contact (genital or oral) or using condoms can prevent some individuals from getting the disease, but if the condom does not cover an infected area, it's still possible to infect a sex partner.

REFERENCES:

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Clinical Information: Molluscum Contagiosum." Jan. 13, 2011. <http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/molluscum/
clinical_overview.htm>.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Molluscum (Molluscum Contagiosum)." Jan. 13, 2011. <http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/molluscum/faq/
everyone.htm#whatis>.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Molluscum (Molluscum Contagiosum)." Jan. 13, 2011. <http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/
dvrd/molluscum/image_typical_molluscum_lesions_child_torso_lg.htm>.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Molluscum (Molluscum Contagiosum) Frequently Asked Questions for Everyone." Jan. 13, 2011. <http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/
molluscum/faq/everyone.htm#treated>.

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