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Small child having molluscum contagiosum. Family history of shingles. Wash sheets daily?

my daughter was just diagnosed with Molluscum Contagiosum , She is 4 years old ., My question is , do I have to wash her sheets everyday ? I do not know how she came across this , My mom watched her , my mom has shingles , can she get it from that , also if my mom watches her with this will it effect her , she has a lot of medical problems with a low immunity . ....... thank you
Asked On : Tue, 18 Sep 2012
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Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin disorder. It spreads mostly among humans by close skin-to-skin contact or through common shared bedsheets, towels, handkerchieves, etc. If your mother and your daughter don't share such articles of clothing, there is no need to wash the sheets every day. Secondly, although shingles and molluscum are both caused by the same general kind of viruses, they cannot influence the course of each other's illnesses in any way. Hence, the shingles in your mother has not caused the illness in your daughter. Finally, having a lot of medical problems and being actually immunocompromised are two different things; only a documented case of immunodeficiency with low CD4 (a type of white cells in the blood) counts are vulnerable to catching the infection from another patient. Not an immunocompetent person.

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