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How do you get molluscum contagiosum?

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Dr. Susanne Gee
Dermatology

In brief: Skin to skin

Molluscum contagiosum is a virus and you get it from skin to skin contact.
Usually, young children spread it among themselves.

In brief: Skin to skin

Molluscum contagiosum is a virus and you get it from skin to skin contact.
Usually, young children spread it among themselves.
Dr. Susanne Gee
Dr. Susanne Gee
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Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dr. Stephen Friedman
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