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Every Mom’s Guide to Molluscum
Is Molluscum Contagious?
Even though molluscum is spread by direct contact, this does not mean your child cannot go to school or participate in sports. As long as the rash is covered by their clothing, or an adhesive bandage, then they can continue with their normal activities.
How Can I Get Molluscum to Go Away?
Luckily, molluscum will go away on its own, but it can take a while. While no treatment is necessary, molluscum can spread through scratching or broken skin. A bland emollient, such as Cetaphil or Cerave cream, can be applied to the entire skin surface to maintain a healthy skin barrier and reduce the spread.
How Long Does Molluscum Last?
The majority of lesions disappear in about 6-12 months, but some will take longer, and there usually is no scarring left after the lesions are gone.
When Should I See a Doctor for Molluscum?
Molluscum can get infected (usually from scratching), so if you see any redness or drainage coming from the rash, you should contact your pediatrician. If the molluscum continues to spread, or becomes bothersome, a referral to a dermatologistcan help with discussing various treatment options, which may include prescription creams or methods to induce blistering. In rare cases where molluscum is not getting better, or if there are any complications, they may need to be removed by a dermatologist.