How can molluscum contagiosum be prevented?

You can help to prevent this condition by avoiding direct contact with anyone who has skin lesions. Treating underlying eczema in children can help prevent the spread of molluscum contagiosum. The spread of lesions between people can be minimized y not sharing towels or washcloths. Not having sex or having only one sexual partner can help you to avoid molluscum contagiosum that is transmitted through sexual contact. Male and female condoms cannot offer full protection as the virus can be found on areas not covered by the condom.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/10/2019.


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