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

What not to do do when you have molluscum

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.


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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.



7 thoughts on “Don’t Do These 10 Things If You Have Molluscum Contagiosum

  1. Conzerol says:

    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 but we always recommend seeking professional medical advice.

  2. Melissa says:

    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…

  3. Lea says:

    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?!

  4. Misty says:

    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

  5. Barbara says:

    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.

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