Keep Bumps Clean And Covered
Patients should keep bumps clean and covered to reduce the risk of developing additional bumps and transmitting the virus to others. This can be done by using adhesive bandages or sterile gauze pads, and dressings should be changed at least once every three or four days. Alternatively, patients may wish to simply cover the bumps with clothing, perhaps by wearing long sleeves or long pants. Keeping the bumps covered will discourage scratching, which can spread the bumps to other areas of the body, and it will also eliminate the risk of accidentally contacting someone else's skin with the infected area, particularly if the bumps occur on the arms. Patients should examine their skin several times a week to check for the presence of any new bumps, and they should also look for potential signs of infection in existing bumps. For example, any swelling, warmth, redness, discharge, or pain from the bumps should be reported to a primary doctor or dermatologist.
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