Mollescum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that is common in humid environments and in environments in which people live closely together. It is extremely contagious and can be spread by skin-to-skin contact as well as shared towels, bedding, and clothing. When infections occur, the skin develops small bumps that are red, white, or skin-colored. If you have mollescum contagiosum, it is important to take steps to prevent spreading it to other people and to other parts of your body.
If you experience an outbreak, avoid touching or scratching the bumps. Wash your hands often to get rid of the virus. Keep the bumps covered with a watertight bandage and change it daily. Avoid sharing personal items with anyone else, and don’t touch unaffected parts of your body after coming into contact with the bumps before washing your hands.
Arlington Dermatology is actively involved in a clinical trial for mollescum contagiosum treatments. To find out about this clinical trial or to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist in Arlington Heights, call (847) 725-0824.