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A 34-year-old member asked:

how do you get molluscum?

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Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Molluscum: Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection, transmitted by direct contact, & can be spread by objects like towels, or sponges, that have come in contact with the lesions.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Molluscum: The virus that causes molluscum is spread from person to person by touching the affected skin. The virus may also be spread by touching a surface with the virus on it, such as a towel, clothing, or toys. Once someone has the virus, the bumps can spread to other parts of their body by touching or scratching a bump and then touching another part of the body.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How do you get molluscum contagiosum?

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Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Direct skin contact: Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin infection caused by a virus. It may be spread by direct contact with a lesion. Also, it can spread via contact with contaminated objects, including a tanning bed surface, towels, toys, or clothing. The virus may also affect the genitalia or anus by sexual contact.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you get reoccurring episodes of molluscum contagiosum?

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Dr. Susanne Gee
Dermatology 26 years experience
Yes.: Molluscum is a virus and you can get it over and over again. It is highly contagious; hence the name, molluscum contagiosum.
Hollywood, FL
A 18-year-old female asked:

Is it possible to get tested for molluscum contagiosum before the lesions appear?Was sexually exposed to someone with it amonth ago.Want to know soon.

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Molluscum contagiosu: Am not aware of a serologic test for this poxvirus infection. Diagnosis is made on clinical appearance; the virus isn't routinely cultured,. Diagnosis can be confirmed by excisional biopsy. If you were exposed 4 wks ago the probability is that the lesions would have appeared by now if you were infected.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Once you're cured of molluscum contagiosum can you get it again?

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Dr. David Krulak
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Yes: Recovery from one infection with molluscum does not prevent future infections with molluscum.
New York, NY
A 19-year-old female asked:

Can you get molluscum contagiosum a second time?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
May seem so: Molluscum lesions can spread from one site to another and may last up to 4 years. You may consult these two sites for more info: https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/molluscum-contagiosum/index.html https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/molluscum-contagiosum/transmission.html For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine

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