What Not To Do Do When You Have Molluscum

Don’t Do These 10 Things If You Have Molluscum Contagiosum

While molluscum contagiosum is not serious, it can be embarrassing and disruptive to your daily routine. It can be particularly difficult to manage in the summer; the red bumps and clusters can make you feel like you have to cover up, causing you discomfort in the heat. Moreover, because the virus is so contagious, you have to take precautions to prevent spreading it to others.

Molluscum contagiosum can last up to one year if you don’t pursue treatment options, and you can transfer it to other people during that entire time period. To minimize the virus’s effects, avoid the ten following activities:

1. Sharing Towels


During the summer, hanging out by the pool or enjoying a day at the beach are common outings. And while sharing towels is usually no big deal, if you have molluscum, your children or friends can get the virus if they use the same towel as you. For as long as you have the tell-tale lumps or lesions, keep your towels separate from the rest of the household’s linens and make sure no one picks up your towel by accident.


2. Wrestling or Rough Housing

kids playing avoid molluscum

Whether you are an athlete or just love rough housing with the kids, wrestling has to be put on hold while you are dealing with the virus. The close proximity, skin contact and sweat-inducing workout make wrestling an easy way to spread molluscum to other people. Instead, try activities that are not contact sports, like baseball or tennis. Just make sure you clean any equipment or toys, so the virus does not transfer to anyone who picks the items up.


3. Exchanging Clothes

Avoid exchanging clothes when you have molluscum

If you have a friend who regularly borrows your clothes, you need to put that arrangement on hiatus. Even after washing your clothes, the molluscum virus can still cling to the fibers, potentially spreading it to anyone who wears the garments. Wait until the red lumps are completely gone before you start exchanging items again.


4. Shaving

Do not shave when you have molluscum

Shaving with molluscum contagiosum can be very painful. The red lumps are usually painless, but they can become itchy, especially if you nick yourself while shaving. Furthermore, shaving can spread the virus to other areas of your body. If your razor touches an infected area, then you shave another body part, you may get cause the lumps to appear on different areas.


5. Waxing:

do not wax when you have molluscum

Similarly, not only is waxing more painful when you have molluscum, but it is also riskier. The wax can spread the virus to other body parts, causing the bumps to appear and for the infection lifecycle to start over again.


6. Sexual Activity

avoid sex when having molluscum

Molluscum contagiosum is extremely contagious, particularly with skin to skin contact. If you have signs of molluscum in the genital area, you can spread the virus to your partner during sex. Avoid any sexual activity or contact with the infected areas until the lesions completely heal and fade away.


7. Going to the Sauna

avoid saunas when you have molluscum

The moist and hot air of a sauna is a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses like molluscum. While you are coping with the virus, avoid saunas to prevent spreading it to others.


8. Using Gym Equipment

avoid the gym when you have molluscum contagiosum

If you love going to the gym, be aware that others can get the virus if they use machines after you. Either work out at home or thoroughly clean every surface with antiseptic after using any weight or cardio machines.


9. Washing with a Loofah

don't use loofah when you have molluscum

Your favorite shower loofah can worsen your bumps from molluscum contagiosum. Your regular soap can irritate the lumps, making them feel dry and itchy. And if your loofah touches the infected area, then is used to wash other parts of your body, you can spread the virus to other patches of skin and cause more lesions to appear. Instead, use soap specially designed to treat molluscum and use a separate washcloth to cleanse the area where the bumps are present.


10. Scratching

do not scratch if you have molluscum

Absent-mindedly scratching at your skin can irritate the lumps and spread the virus to other parts of your body. The bumps—while usually painless—can become very tender and sore if you scratch at them, and they will become increasingly itchy. Use a topical treatment to minimize the itch and let the lesions heal. If you find you scratch your skin in your sleep, wear soft mittens or gloves to bed to prevent tearing open the lumps and spreading the virus.

While molluscum contagiosum is not a serious disease, it is an annoying condition, especially during the hot summer months. The ugly clusters of bumps can force you to wear long sleeves or pants, and common activities like going in the pool or playing sports require more preparation than usual to minimize the chances of spreading the virus. By avoiding the ten activities listed, you can help limit the virus’ reach and prevent transferring molluscum to others. While the virus will eventually clear up on its own, using a topical treatment can hasten the healing process and get you back to wearing tank tops and playing outside much faster.


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  1. My daughter of 5 had about 500 lesions in her body when she was diagnosed with molluscum. I started the treatment about 5 months ago and every time it seemed to improve, it spread to another area. Then, before applying Conzerol, I started applying moisturising cream for atopic skin and finally it is not spreading anymore. I believe Conzerol is a good solution, but it is not fast. I needed too much patience and got frustrated for many times. Now, that my daughter has about 15 lesions, some other spots appeared in her elbows and knees. Should it be molluscum too? Those are weird areas, aren’t they?

    1. Josimari, We are sorry to hear about you battle with molluscum. The new lesions popping up is the molluscum virus in the dormant stage. It will have to run its course. The use of Conzerol it can speed up that recovery time. If you are comfortable, you can send us pictures of the new lesions to support@conzerol.com but we always recommend seeking professional medical advice.

    2. My daughter has about 7 of the bumps. I freaked when I saw one on her face so I ordered the conzerol and within a week after applying continuously the one on her face is almost gone. She has one on each elbow with 3 or 4 in the groin area. My grandson, who I feel sure she got them from has about 15 or more mainly on his elbows and knees. My granddaughter had 50 plus and it took nearly 2 years for them to go away…

  2. I have used almost the full tube of conzerol. I’m just not sure if it did anything. My son still has the bumps and it’s been almost 3 months. Any help you can give?

    1. Hey. I have tried something that is working. Use clove oil and oregano oil( which was already diluted 1:3 with olive oil). I used them with a cotton bud. After a few minutes i sprayed apple cider vinegar ( mixed half with water ). It stings a little but in just a week they have shrunk considerably and starting to become black. I hope this helps you.

  3. I have this skin condition and the only thing that worked for me was getting them frozen off. I also used a treatment for eczema because molluscum and eczema go hand in hand.

    1. Hi Robin
      Interested to know what treatment you used for eczema as my daughter is covered in the spots and mainly where her eczema is. Thank you.

  4. My 6 year old has started crying and saying the cream burns. Should I try the gel instead on her? My 7 year old has it too but it is almost gone thanks to the cream!!!!

  5. I wonder if skin type has something to do with the success rate of this product. I’ve been using it for a month and I’ve literally seen no results. I wish I was as lucky as others.

  6. I have used this for 3 months on my nine year old and no improvements at all. They are still popping up all over. I wish there was a faster treatment for this. Poor girl is so embarrassed.

  7. My sister is a naturopathic doctor whose daughter had a horrendous bout with this horrible disease. My niece had suffered from.the ailment for months before a remedy, called DULCAMARA, was found , It is produced by BIRON…and comes in the form of little round sugar pills that you can get at a health food store, or, if they don’t have this, phone Biron to find out who does have it in your area. She took one that night, one the next morning and the last the next night, and within the next two weeks all the bump.s, the benign-looking ones and the angry red exploding ones, were gone, though there are still the red scars so the sooner this medicine is taken the better! I know it works because I have seen it with my own eyes! This horror can end.

  8. My 3 children have molluscum, one has near 100 and growing.
    We live in Australia and your product seems difficult to find here, and sending it over will be over $100 for the cream and soap!
    Do you have any stockists I can’t seem to find here please?!

  9. Using A mixture of bovine colostrum and lubricating jelly greatly helps. Lots of research. Contact Val at 706-988-2122

  10. The dermatologist is telling me my son has molluscum. And they want to do surgery on him. Is there anyway I could send you the pictures and you can tell me what you guys think? He is 17 months and two weeks old I look forward to hearing back from you thank you

  11. Hi my daughter is 3 yrs old and we saw these spots on her arm about 5 months ago. We were not given anything for this virus to be controlled nor for the itchiness. Nonetheless I looked it up online and found out that coconut oil is a natural remedy for these pesky bumps. It’s been about 3 weeks and it is just amazing although it is supposed to be applied to the skin 3 times a day i can only do it twice daily in the morning before school and at night before bed. I have had amazing results. My daughter feels better about her skin and the bumps do disappear leaving no marks. She has one bump left. YAY……. GOOD LUCK PARENTS.

  12. My son had Molluscum Contagiosum a few years back, when he was 2yrs old, and it lasted nearly the full year, I had tried EVERYTHING !! Nothing had worked, I then done my own research and discovered that any sort of cream or moisturisers were just feeding it and keeping it healthy and alive. One day we tried good old fashion ‘Calamine Lotion’ as it dries out the skin and also had helped stop the itchiness, and within weeks his Molluscum had completely gone, and hasn’t returned since, he is now 6, and all he’s left with are a few tiny hole’ scars, but they’re not even visible. He also copped the chicken pox recently, and again, we just applied Calamine Lotion 3-4 times a day, showered him twice daily, changed towels every time, and it made the process so much faster, before we knew it, no Chickenpox, he hardly scratched, they didn’t spread much and no scars left behind. 🙂 I don’t know if we just got lucky but anything is worth a try, especially when it comes to children, hope this helps someone today, kind regards, Debbie.

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