Should children with molluscum contagiosum be kept out of school or daycare?

Updated: Aug 09, 2018
  • Author: Ashish C Bhatia, MD, FAAD, FACMS; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Keeping children out of school is not necessary; however, discourage physical contact and sharing of clothes and towels. In smaller children in whom physical contact is more difficult to prevent, keeping infected areas covered with clothing is reasonable. Cover exposed lesions with tape or an adhesive bandage. Infection of other children cannot be completely prevented. Because the disease is extremely common and of very little clinical significance, the decision to limit infected children from daycare centers must be approached on a case-by-case basis.


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