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Causes of Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus that infects the skin. If you have molluscum contagiosum, then you must have contracted it from someone who already has it. The virus is very contagious and it is transmitted through contact. Infected skin will have reddish lesions or bumps, usually with a white tip. The virus lives in the lesions, and touching the lesions will transmit the virus. Anything that comes in contact with the lesions will potentially be able to transmit the virus for a period of time. So, if the lesions are scratched, then the virus is now on the fingers can can be transmitted through contact with the fingers. Scractching the lesions and then scratching another area of the skin with the same fingers is a sure way to transfer the virus to another area of the body. Similarly, towels, clothing, pillows, and other material that come in contact with molluscum contagiosum lesions can transmit the virus.

Here are some possible ways to catch a molluscum contagiosum infection:

That said, touching someone with molluscum contagiosum does not necessarily mean that you will catch the infection yourself. There are many factors that come into play:

 

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