Q&A: molluscum contagiosum in a married couple?

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Ok, so finally after a lot of different home treatments, my molluscum was gone, or so it seemed. My wife now is showing signs of molluscum. We have only been together a short time, and didn’t start sleeping together until my molluscum dissapeared. But 6 months later she now has a few bumps.

Are we just going to continue to pass it back and forth to eachother now?

Does it affect a woman differently at all? Internally?

We are going to be trying to have a baby soon and I don’t want this to complicate things.

Any experts out there with some answers? I greatly appreciate it

Thanks to all

Best answer:

Answer by Chemist
Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection caused by a virus.

How is it transmitted?
Molluscum contagiosum is spread by direct contact with the skin of an infected person. This includes sexual contact or contact with inanimate objects such as towels or clothing.

What are some of the possible symptoms?
It usually takes from 2 to 7 weeks for symptoms to appear but it may take as long as 6 months after being exposed to the virus. The infection appears as painless pinpoints on the skin. These pinpoints grow into small, smooth, waxy pinkish-white bumps with a “dip” in the centre. The bumps may sometimes be itchy. They may be found on any part of the body.

What are some of the possible complications?
The most common complication is a bacterial infection at the site of the molluscum. The molluscum virus does not seem to affect babies born to infected mothers.

What is the treatment?
In many people, the infection may go away on its own without treatment. Your doctor may use a medicated solution to remove the bumps. Sometimes the bumps can also be removed by surgery. Even after removal, the infection may come back and you may need to be treated again.

What about sexual partners?
Sexual partners and others who have direct contact with the molluscum virus should be told so they can be checked and treated if they have symptoms.

How can the transmission of molluscum be prevented?

Avoid sexual or close body contact until all the molluscum bumps have disappeared or are removed.
Avoid scratching or shaving the infected area to prevent spreading the virus to other parts of the body.
Avoid sharing towels or clothing.
You may return to your health care provider or clinic for further treatment if symptoms return.

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