Who is at risk?
Molluscum Contagiosum is most common in children under age 10. While this might make it seem that if you are out of elementary school, then you’re safe, you should still take precautions. Anyone can contact Molluscum from physical contact.
In fact, it’s so widespread that you probably know somebody who has had, or will have it in your lifetime.
Here are a few factors that will put you at a higher risk for contracting Molluscum Contagiosum:
• If you have a weakened immune system. People undergoing cancer treatments and those living with HIV are common examples of people with compromised immune systems. Your body will be less equipped to fight off MCV.
• If you have eczema (atopic dermatitis). Because your skin is often broken by scratching and irritation, you’re more likely to contact Molluscum. Scratching can spread it easily to other parts of the body.
• If you live in a warm, humid climate. MCV thrives in these kinds of environments and can spread more easily. If the area you live is densely populated as well, your risk increases.
• Engaging in team sports. Athletes whose skin is exposed to teammates and opponents often, like swimmers and wrestlers, are more likely to contract Molluscum. Sharing equipment also plays a role in the spread of the virus.