If a person who has molluscum scratches at them a lot, they can contract a bacterial infection that can turn into an abscess. That scenario can be avoided if the bumps are not scratched. The bumps may become inflamed and red, but that is often a good sign because it typically indicates that the immune system has recognized the infection and it’s beginning to fight it off. Parents and family members should not worry if they see the bumps begin to redden, or if the area surrounding it becomes red. It simply means that the virus is being cleared. And the change does not indicate that the bumps are infected with bacteria.