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molluscum contagiosum children

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MLPB Sat 02-Mar-13 15:19:05

Hello, I am new to this so apologies if I get this wrong!

Our D has had this for around 18 months now. They are spreading to her face which is making me become impatient with them going naturally.

I tried Collodial Silver spray twice a day for a month.... It didn't get rid of any although it seemed not to spread either.

I then tried pure Tea Tree Oil, dipped on a cotton bud & applied to each spot using a new cotton bud every time twice a day. This seemed to burn the skin and again no change.

We are now using Hydrocortisone Cream prescribed by our Doctor twice a day. We are now on day 5 and if anything they are bigger!

I wouldn't mind too much if only on her body but to be on her face is just heart breaking.

Forgive me as I know their are parents with children who have life threatening illnesses, but I was just wondering if someone could help guide me on what they might look like when they start to go....

Do they get larger perhaps?

Or give guidance on how or what might help speed up the process. Thank you x

Oomph Sat 02-Mar-13 15:21:04

Bumping for you, as I have the same issue with my DD.

MLPB Sat 02-Mar-13 15:22:35

Thank you!

LittleMissAnon Tue 05-Mar-13 02:48:26

Hi, I just replied on the other thread about molluscum. I used Dr Wheatgrass Skin Recover Cream to get rid of my DD's molluscum. Slow process (about 3 months to clear up) but definitely works. And it's natural too!

MLPB Tue 05-Mar-13 14:51:42

Thank you LittleMissAnon.... I will look into..... Could I ask what made you percervere with the same treatment for 3 months? Was it you could see them going or is it that your a very patient parent? It's just I have probably given most things I have tried no longer than a month! Also what do they look like when they are going? Do they get larger or smaller? Sorry to ask so many questions but I am determined to stay positive at the same time my heart is breaking when my little one asks why does someone call me discussing as they are slowly appearing on her face as well as on her neck

MLPB Tue 05-Mar-13 14:52:43

I meant disgusting... Sorry predictive text on my phone! x!

LittleMissAnon Wed 06-Mar-13 01:10:13

Hi MLPB, I feel for your DD, poor little love!

I guess I kept going with the cream as I'd heard good things about it and I didn't want to just wait for them to clear by themselves, as my doctor told us.

The molluscum actually get bigger and red (almost infected looking) before they kind of pop and bleed before they get better. I used to put tiny plasters on the bleeders so not to keep reinfecting the area. Not probably what you want to hear, sorry.

This is such an annoying condition but it does eventually clear up and all this will be a thing of the past.

Good luck MLPB! Please do stay positive!

Beckett3 Wed 06-Mar-13 01:21:43

My eldest had this when she was about 6, when it started spreading more and appeared to be getting worse I got desperate, my dad ordered something online from the US I think, it cleared it up completely within 3 weeks. I can't remember what it was called right now, it was 8 years ago. I will have a look in the morning in case anyone is interested.

MLPB Wed 06-Mar-13 19:48:17

Thank you LittleMissAnon.... DD has one as you described, getting inflamed & looking ready to pop to have covered with a plaster. I have also ordered the Dr Wheatgrass spray after your suggestion & after reading their website..... Fingers crossed! x

Hi Beckett3, appreciate your message and time in looking into what it is you used. Really appreciate it! x

piemistress Thu 07-Mar-13 08:03:57

I can sympathise! My 3yr old had these all over his torso and several on his face. There were 100+ ! Everyone said just leave them and eventually they will go away, including the GP but they were so bad I had to do something.

This is what worked for us, took about 6-8 weeks. I got the info from previous MN threads. There are some very good ones if you do a search.

1) went to a homeopath (one of the local GPs practices) who prescribed Thuja and something else I cant remember, am on hols just now but can revert when I get home. You can get both from Boots though so dont need to see homeopath really.

2) put couple of drops of lemon myrtille oil in his bath

3) mixed lemon myrtille oil with Olive oil and dabbed on spots with cotton wool after bath (quantities on other MN thread, sorry cant remember)

This combo shifted most of them. What got rid of the stubborn ones was a manuka honey dabbed on then covered with a plaster overnight and repeat next day.

Total palava but did work!

LeeCoakley Thu 07-Mar-13 08:20:23

After a couple of years in desperation I covered all of dd3's in plasters and they completely disappeared shortly afterwards. The scarring was horrible though and I wish I'd have got rid of them sooner. sad The plasters were recommended by a doctor as it was the only way he knew that worked apparently!

TickleMyTitsTillFriday Thu 07-Mar-13 08:25:27

We did plasters with ds1 and squeezed them both ds2. Squeezing was quicker as it meant he became immune when they bleed.

MLPB Thu 07-Mar-13 14:58:41

Thank you everyone for all your time in sharing your tips with me.... Fingers crossed we get the same results xxx

blimppy Thu 07-Mar-13 15:49:46

Not sure if I'd necessarily recommend this approach, but my daughter had this aged 3/4 and accidentally scraped one off against a chair leg while on holiday. Cue huge amounts of blood, but over the next couple of weeks they all went! A friend of mine, medically trained, squeezed her DDs and got rid of them in a few weeks. I hope they clear up soon, it really is a distressing condition.

fran250 Fri 08-Mar-13 13:54:28

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CoteDAzur Fri 08-Mar-13 14:01:10

I took DD to a dermatologist who scraped/popped them with a scalpel. They were gone in an instant and they never returned.

MLPB Mon 11-Mar-13 15:44:33

Thank you all very much.... Our DS now has some on his back! It's been 18 months of our DD having them and now DS!

DS is still suffering with it on her neck and jawline. Comments are starting at school in class which as we all know is not nice for DS.

I have since tried the Forces of Nature website but the 'molluscum control' they sent just seemed to irritate them more after application,

Today Dr Wheatgrass spray arrived! Going to try this & see if this helps,

Btw, 2 of the spots have got red & swollen. i covered these in spot plasters so that it captures the pus. However I am just wondering, does anyone know if they each have to go swollen & red to explode and then disappear of is that the case for some & the others just reduce into nothing? Just not sure what the signs are of it going!

mamij Mon 11-Mar-13 19:43:21

DD1 had these when she just turned two, and lasted about 10 months. They were all over her neck (big and small).

Went to the GP several times, who told me to ignore it and would go away on its own.

In the end, we popped them a couple at a time, which produced puss and blood (and sweet treats!), but healed after a few days. After a couple of weeks, she was cleared!

Dereksmalls Mon 11-Mar-13 20:39:16

my DCs went away after about 18 months. Basically started to clear after they were the worst they'd every been, felt like a "darkest before dawn scenario". Plasters to cover really bad ones and we used sudacream if they looked infected

curlydolly Mon 11-Mar-13 23:31:41

I was at my wits end after my son had them for 2 years and just seemed to be getting bigger and uglier (fortunately just on his torso though). GP wouldn't/couldn't help so in the end we got aggressive! A nice hot bath so they got a bit 'soggy' and then rubbed them with a flannel and squeezed hard! It didn't hurt and DS joined in the fun.....After a week they had all gone. I had tried colloidal silver etc but with no effect and I do wonder if they were on their way out when they got worse, as others on here have said.

wonderfultykes Mon 11-Mar-13 23:58:33

I bought thuja tincture from Baldwin & co, they were on DS10's torso and neck.

i wanted them gone, was worried he'd infect others at karate & it didn't seem fair. They'd keep bursting on his shirt collar and re infecting everywhere.

I did it over half term every eve without fail, with tweezers, getting the worst three or so only per day, some needed a couple of goes, and smothering all (both the ones id 'got' that eve and all others) with thuja on a clean cotton bud for each one, being meticulous about disinfecting and washing everything. then little plasters to stop re infection. Clean sheets and jamas incessantly.

Thuja absolutely stung like crazy, and there are 2/3 scars from the biggest ones but maybe they would have scarred anyway if I'd left them alone.

Then they just stopped appearing smile

Good luck

Dereksmalls Tue 12-Mar-13 00:11:48

Re: red and swollen, only some of my DCs' went that way, most just got smaller and disappeared. There don't appear to be any permanent scars on my DCs

Pennybubbly Tue 12-Mar-13 06:24:23

My DD had this when she was around 5. She had about 15 on the backs of her knees.
I'm not in the UK and our local paedeatrician squeezed the middle out (it's the white 'head' that is the very contagious bit) with an instrument that looked like a blackhead squeezer, then put those tiny plasters over them (the kind you use after an innoculation).
She had to go back a couple more times over the weeks that followed and have maybe half a dozen more squeezed out and then they disappeared and have never come back (she's 8 now).
I will confess that she cried with the pain of having them squeezed out (she was fine 5 mins later though) but she has no scarring and they were certainly contained by removing them and covering the area.
It might be worth checking to see if there is anyone in your area able to do this for you?

MLPB Tue 12-Mar-13 06:32:46

Thank you everyone.... Really appreciate your time in sharing your experiences. Will see what the next few days bring and we have our Doctors appointment on Friday, although reading posts it seems I may be told to just to sit it out :-(

HDEE Tue 12-Mar-13 06:39:18

This was on embarrassing bodies last night. The doctor said to squeeze the pus out of them each time they appear and they will get better.

CoteDAzur Tue 12-Mar-13 11:51:21

OP - At least get your DS treated for the two that he has. Tell your GP that you want referral to a dermatologist who will scrape them if he won't.

Oomph Thu 14-Mar-13 21:22:20

Hello MLPB, I just rediscovered this thread. Some brilliant advice from people. How is it going with your little one? Mine now has chicken pox, so the molluscum and the spots sort of blend into each other. Sigh.

MLPB Sat 16-Mar-13 06:50:31

Yay! Saw Senior Doctor last night, within 2 minutes of looking at DD's neck the Doctor said these need to be freezed! I was astounded as after seeing 3 other Doctors over 18 months and being told nothing could' have done, the Doctor was astounded at how patient I was!

Now awaiting an appontnment for the freezing clinic! Fingers crossed this works!

Has anyone else had any experience of freezing that might be useful in knowing beforehand?

Branleuse Sat 16-Mar-13 07:04:28

we went to a homeopath and after a detailed appointment lasting over an hour, she prescribed something that cleared them up within 2 days.

My friend did the same and her daughters molluscum then cleared up within 24 hours.

CoteDAzur Sat 16-Mar-13 13:58:50

Freezing with a touch of liquid nitrogen is essentially a controlled burn - it will hurt when treated and will continue to hurt that day.

I'm glad you finally goth old of someone willing to treat your DD.

MLPB Sat 16-Mar-13 14:30:19

Hello Branleuse, where was this Homeopath? Perhaps they may be close that I could try if the freezing fails or DD refuses to have it done!

gordonpym Sat 16-Mar-13 16:49:20

Have you ever heard of the Apple cider vinegar treatment? There are several websites which explain how to apply it such as for example www.frugalityisfree.com/2011/06/apple-cider-vinegar-molluscum.html.
I did try this with DS2 last June when he had some on his torso and they went away in one week. Last month they started again on his right arm and I bought some vinegar and started with the bath and cotton balls. But then I saw more coming and I stopped.
Yesterday, I went back to the website to read through the hundreds of comment, and in one I read that sometimes, the vinegar activated the ones that are "dormant".
So , starting tonight I'll do it again and stick to it for 2 weeks. Then i'll come back here and share if there are any improvement.

FrameyMcFrame Sat 16-Mar-13 18:33:23

They do get worse and mire angry before getting better.
That's a good sign cos it means the body has recognised them and the immune system will respond and hopefully get rid.

MLPB Wed 27-Mar-13 09:33:23

Well DD had them frozen on Monday. They are the largest & reddest I have ever seen them and look more obvious now than ever! Apparently they are to disappear within a week to 10 days. Lets hope so!

MLPB Wed 03-Apr-13 19:00:38

Day 9 after freezing and they are still here! Have Doctors appointment booked for Thursday next week :-(

curlyclueless Thu 04-Apr-13 18:11:19

Ooomph, my son's were dreadful for 18months+, thankfully just his torso. He had chickenpox badly and as the chickenpox cleared so did the molluscum never to return. Hope the same happens to you x

MLPB Thu 04-Apr-13 19:38:52

Fingers crossed!

gordonpym Thu 04-Apr-13 22:00:28

Hum, so far the vinegar isn't really working. I haven't been 100% constant. Will try to cover them during the night, but DS2 hates plaster which makes it all more difficult.
I just wanted to keep you updated...

My DS had this, just torso but they were consistently spreading.

Tried lots of things but what worked for us was Bazuka waterproof treatment gel (extra strength) for veruccas.

I had initially tried dabbing them with acid (like apple cider vinegar) and covering but this burned the surrounding skin. I therefore reckoned that this product would have the same effect but contained only to the molloscum spot as it is advertised as drying to a waterproof protective cap (and is also an acid that softens the skin). You then peel off this cap each day and re-apply

Basically I applied it every night and after a few days the molloscum softened enough so that the inner white-ish core either came off with the peeled off cap or I could quickly squeeze it out.

This could be a bit sore sometimes but DS could be bribed to lie still for 10 mins for his spots to be done with promise of a sweet, so not that bad.

The cap also seemed to have the effect of stopping the spots spreading so it quickly got under control. After about 1 month all spots totally gone. We weren't always consistent to do every day so I think this would have been quicker if we had of been.

MLPB Sat 06-Apr-13 18:04:08

Sorry to hear it's not working Gordonpym.

Thank you for sharing what worked for you Thehairybabysmum. What you explained made sense. I would say 70% of those frozen 13 days ago are scabbing over, sometimes bleeding but still very much there. The remainder appear the same, pearlised spots.

I have stopped using all other suggestions put forward, eg. Dr Wheatgrass with fear of undoing the freezing!

However we also now have more appearing albeit very small on DD's jawline and cheek. I have no idea if these will just disappear or if they are the start of a new batch :-(

Back to the Doctors on Thursday but will definitely look into the Bazuka idea.

Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences, especially those with happy endings...... Just hope ours is not too far away as to have it on DD's face is beginning to isolate her from other children and beginning to knock her confidence :-(

Ahh, poor thing... It was affecting my DS too, he was quite embarrassed by them. DS had a couple appear on his willy which he really hated even though they weren't the biggest ones.

If you are getting new ones then I would defo recommend Bazuka as it really seemed to help stop them spread (i don't work for them honest!). Also the small ones seemed to disappear quicker than the big ones once treated (also didn't sting when I applied it).

Sounds like the freezing has worked though if they are stabbing over. I found that getting the core out was the key....gone within a couple of days once this occurred. I should have said that I only squeezed using a tissue and then binned and scrubbed my hands as it is this core that carries the infectious material.

Also only 2 or 3 have scarred and they were the massive ones, but scars already totally faded 6 months on.
Good luck, keep us posted!

SCABBING not stabbing, not a recommended treatment!!

TickleMyTitsTillFriday Sat 06-Apr-13 20:30:27

I wouldn't use bazooka? That stuff is evil! Have you tried squeezing op?

Not as evil as the molloscum though!

Piemother Sat 06-Apr-13 22:02:34

Dd1 had them. You know they are shifting when they get inflamed and sore looking. She had scars but they ate gone now. However if dd2 gets them I will be squeezing and shifting them pronto

VirtuousVamp Sat 06-Apr-13 22:07:26

Sorry haven't read through so this may havebeen suggested. My DD had them really badly for nearly 2 years. They finally went after we tried Thuja 90 homeopathy treatment. Believe me I had no confidence in homeopathy - have a science background but we'd tried everything!

First time we didn't follow the instructions totally but we have it another shot then went on holiday where DD was either in swimming pool or sea every day. Came home and they all pretty much got infected. Got steroid and antibiotic cream from Doctor and told to come back in 10 days for referral to dermatology. Day 10 came and they'd all gone!! She is scarred quite badly in places but they'd gone!!grin

DS was much younger and I squeezed them carefully as soon as I saw them so his went very quickly!

MLPB Sun 07-Apr-13 08:33:01

Thank you everyone! Have tried to squeeze them between 2 cotton buds but they seem really hard not like an acne spot.

I heard from somewhere that freezing them could trigger an outbreak and fearing this is what's happened as I can see around 20 tiny ones on cheek & jawline, exactly how the other looked before they took hold.

I have looked into Homeopathy, however the one name that was suggested either on this thread or another is not based near me and wanted £50 paid into her back account the day before doing a consultation through Skype! I was a bit sceptical so decided against it.

Tea tree oil just burnt the skin and it began to look like Excema. I bought some Molluscum treatment from the States but to be honest it was a tinh bottle and smelt like tea tree oil, again no joy. I have tried Collodial Silver spray but after a month of spraying twice daily new ones popped up!
Dr Wheatgrass spray and also cream for around 2 weeks 4-5 times a day but no improvement seen, although I have been told its s long process so not to expect results quickly. I stopped this about a week before the freezing as did not want the 2 to impact on eachothers and cause a reaction.

If it was anywhere else on the body I think it would be more tolerable its just so visual :-(

I really do appreciate everyone's time in sharing their experiences. Keep them coming as we are now approaching 20 months of this!

VirtuousVamp Sun 07-Apr-13 08:45:46

I got my thuja 90 from a health food shop in a very large Tesco. Cost less than a fiver.

VirtuousVamp Sun 07-Apr-13 08:53:50

from here

They are hard to squeeze - really painful if DD's screams were anything to go by. confusedhmm She felt more controlled doing them herself. We used a tissue over the spots and then squeezed really hard between thumb and index finger. confused

Good luck.

VirtuousVamp Sun 07-Apr-13 08:54:31

Think it might have been the 30 we used ?

Yes, as V says, you need to squeeze through a tissue with fingers as they are quite hard. The bazooka (or any other acid I suspect) just softens the skin to make it slightly easier to squeeze.

I am wondering if the thuja is also an acid? I will google. Bazooka is Salicylic acid which is derived from willow trees. I really would spot some onto the new small spots, they'll be gone in a week honest.

MLPB Tue 09-Apr-13 16:21:23

Just checking with Thehairysbabymum what would you spot the smaller ones with? Sorry being a bit thick here but just want to make sure I do it right! :-)

It came in a tube with quite a fine point so I used to just dot on a tiny amount, wiped any excess off quickly with a cotton bud. Then leave to dry for a few mins, it dries white so you can easily see it.

I seem to remember that when you first open the lid it would come out in a rush so I used to have a tissue handy. After this it was easy to be fairly precise.

I google thuja, it is from a conifer....interesting that both are tree derived.

gordonpym Sun 14-Apr-13 17:50:26

After weeks of apple cider vinegar and no success, I squeezed two this afternoon. First I put a topical anesthetic on the ones I wanted to squeeze. An hour later I removed the cream and squeezed very hard until a kind of mini-pearl came out leaving a tiny hole where it was. Sorry for the TMI details, but it wasn't as I expected it. It isn't like an acne spot, when you have pus oozing, on the contrary it is quite compact, and comes out as a whole.
Now I'll wait and see how it goes and if the scarring is fine, I'll squeeze more.

Yes, pearls are a great description! Minging aren't they?

Got rid of DS's with Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. May have been a fluke but went in less than 2 weeks.

gordonpym Sun 14-Apr-13 20:11:29

thehairybabysmum did you put something on the scar or just left it as it was?
And MadameCastafiore 8 hour cream.... hum interesting... did your DS have lots, were they tiny, big, angry? Details please!!

No, I just dabbed any blood with a tissue and the left it. They healed v quickly once popped.

It is the 'pearl' that contains the virus and is v infectious so make sure you wrap in a tissue and wash hands after.

gordonpym Sun 14-Apr-13 20:56:13

Thanks, I know, that's why I washed my hands first with soap, then soaked them in bleach for 1 minute. I know I know, bleach is nasty on skin, but even nastier on bacterias so great for disinfecting.
Oh yes the blood. DS2 was shocked/scarred when he saw it, as he hadn't felt anything.

DS did have a lot on arms and torso.
Cost quite a bit but covered him in it each morning and night after bath and got rid of MC and Eczema!

gordonpym Mon 15-Apr-13 07:37:59

I'll give the 8 hour cream a try. I prefer that to lots of home-made remedies that sounds scary to me, such as urine, cantharidin, ...
DS2's spots are spreading from contact. First they were only on his torso, now on his arm.
If the 8 hour doesn't work on the molluscum, it will certainly be good on the two scars from yesterday squeezing!

That's exactly what happened with my DS, spread from torso to arm then further down his belly, even ended up with one on his willy.

The bazooka stopped the spread as it formed a cap over them (in my opinion of course!), maybe put the 8hr cream on thick to try and replicate this?

gordonpym Mon 15-Apr-13 14:45:43

One on his willy! Please tell me you didn't squeeze that one!!

No!!

frazzledbutcalm Tue 16-Apr-13 21:36:24

Can't believe I've found this thread! Dd1 had one on her upper arm about 7 years ago. It got knocked off when dh grabbed her there after one of her many headstrong moments. It hurt a lot, bled then disappeared. We both felt guilty how it happened. But no more molluscum on dd1.
Dd2 has them now. So far only 1 on her leg. We didn't actually realise what it was but it eventually filled with pus so dh popped and squeezed it. Have to say it did hurt dd, but it went away! Pus was kind of thick and solid ish. She then developed one in her lower eyelid which was removed surgically. Couple of months later she got one on the top of her other eyelid. It went very big before finally becoming pus filled and bursting. That also disappeared though as soon as it burst. She now has one starting on her nose and just next to her lip sad. I really want to treat these before they get big as she got quite a bit of stick from kids at school over her eyes. Do they have to be fluid filled before bursting?

I used to treat my DSs as soon as they showed up.

YoniOneWayOfLife Thu 18-Apr-13 12:42:55

DS now has them creeping down his arm. We've tried tea tree oil and using the Tweezerman blackhead tool to burst them- it's very effective but obviously hurts DS (the squeezing bit, not using the tool, it's just quicker than doing it with fingers)
Apart from the big pearl spots, the skin around is covered in patches of lots of tiny spots, just raised lumps without a head.

I don't know what to do - they are all in his arm pit and now down his arm as I said and also creeping down to his willy. Because it's been getting so much worse over the last couple of months, I assumed we were nearing the end (it's been 8 months)

Try the bazooka stuff, it made such a difference, the good thing was that it defo stopped them spreading, I assume because of the 'cap' it dries to. I used to dot a tiny bit onto the tiny red spots too....I think these are the newest spots.

I felt like you, could just see the affected area spreading and felt really powerless. Tea tree didn't work for us either.

It honestly worked so well for us.

MLPB Fri 19-Apr-13 18:08:02

Just to update you all, it's been nearly 4 weeks since DD had them frozen & all traces have virtually gone. All that is left are flat pink blemishes which are fading each day. We have about 5 others still but the Doctor said she didn't freeze them all as there was too many. We now have another appointment at the next freezing clinic.

My personal experience I would recommend the freezing. I know not all surgeries offer this & we have been very lucky but after almost 2 years of these horrible things & trying all sorts of remedies for us the freezing had been the best option.

A few Mums have offered reassurance that these horrible things do eventually go, and believe me when I say I honestly could not see that it would ever happen for our DD but we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

Good luck to all of you trying to still get rid of these and thank you to everyone who has taken the time to offer help, support and encouragement.

Keep me posted on how you get on & likewise xxxx

Sticklebug Fri 19-Apr-13 18:19:55

Both my 2 had these for about a year before I knocked one off DD accidentally in some vigorous after bath drying off. Hers went in a week, so I did the same to one of DS's and same thing - gone in a week!

Great that the freezing looks successful! It's such a relief when you can see they are clearing up!

YoniOneWayOfLife Sat 20-Apr-13 21:30:23

Bazookad them today - he let me put it on and all was fine until it started drying and then there was screaming. It clearly stung sad

gordonpym Sun 21-Apr-13 11:16:16

Right now, I could change my name to "MoreConfusedThenEver".
Can I asked you to have a look at the pictures I uploaded on my profile. They were taken this morning. Friday night I squeezed the rest of them. Today the ones on his arm have a black head, and some on his torso have a kind of bubble. Does it mean I did something wrong or is it just the Swan Dance before death?
ARGH it's driving me nuts!

I can't see your pics (on phone), but I would say the black ones prob have a bit of blood from squeezing and will go. The bubble ones sound like they have the 'pearl' in them still and need another squeeze.

The bazooka did sting a bit according to DS, promise of a sweet meant he would let me do it though so I don't reckon it was that bad.

MLPB Sun 21-Apr-13 20:57:20

Hello gordonpym..... Well firstly I never knew we could upload photos onto a profile.... Again I didn't realise we had one! Still new to all this.

Anyway I have looked at them and I cannot see that you have done anything wrong, perhaps angering them maybe. I know depending on what I used, I would often find then swelling to large reddish spots then calming down. Could the black head be old blood inside? It's just with our DD some would often darken although I would not call them black heads as such then go on to burst & bleed. I am sorry I cannot be more help :-(

MLPB Sun 21-Apr-13 20:59:36

Just reading Thehairybabysmum comment & I would agree with what has been put if that helps. Good luck gordonpym!

babySophieRose Sun 21-Apr-13 21:39:48

Can anyone just tell me how it looks at the beginning, is it the same large spots or smaller. I am asking because my DD has some little bums like spots on arms and cheeks, they do not bother her and at our resent visit to GP I asked what is it and have been told it is a very common virus and will be gone in a year. I think that GP called it molluscum, but did not think much of it, because she was not worried. Thanks

gordonpym Mon 22-Apr-13 07:37:00

Thank you for taking the time to look at the pictures. Well, yesterday evening they were smaller, except the one with the black dot on his arm. I repeated the procedure numbing cream + squeeze, but there wasn't anything inside once I popped the head, just a hole.
I put betadine, and left the others alone.
I'll wait and see what happens in the next days. I have bought the 8 hour cream and I am putting a tiny amount on each.
On another forum, there is a very long discussion from a couple of years ago and the winning cure seems to be peroxide hydrogen discussion focused on peroxide hydrogen which I don't remember having seen mentioned here.
And to babaSophieRose Molluscum comes in different size and color depending on "maturation". The ones on my profile have all been "squeezed" so not the original flesh colored shiny pearl you should have now.
My DS2's first spot appeared 11 months ago. I treated them with Cider Vinegar and they went just to come, this time with a more aggressive pattern. Bigger in number and size. Went to the paed, but here in Spain, they don't do anything, no freezing, cutting, no cream, it's just a virus, they say, it will be gone in a year. I'm fed up to see new spots every week. We have to turn down sleepover, I have removed him from his swimming-classes, ... so I must do something and now.
It is extremely contagious, even auto- contagious, the ones on his arm correspond exactly to the ones on his torso. I am changing PJs, t-shirt and sheets daily, towel after each use.
Follow the route of "just wait they'll go" if you're comfortable with it. If not, research, read and read.

racheael76 Mon 22-Apr-13 18:04:38

hi my child has them on the bottom i squeezed one has he has a few and it became infected so dr gave him some antibiotics-penicillin but it failed to work the first time in our family antibiotics have not worked so i was shocked i didnt think it was possible.my child had to go to hospital and put to sleep which meant an overnight stay in hospital as a small operation was required to remove /cut out infected area /mulloscum. so i would not sqeeze i am suprised a dr has advised that .my child still has others on bum i asked if they could be froze off like a verucca but told no it wont be effective.i still wonder where my child picked it up from a public toilet /school seat ? i always tell to hover though so pretty puzzled

gordonpym Tue 23-Apr-13 08:02:44

I have updated my pictures showing pictures taken on Sunday and this morning. There is a visible improvement. The first 2 I squeezed last week to test this technique are now flat and pinkish, all the others I squeezed on Friday 19/4 have shrunken. The two I wasn't happy with, the ones on his arm, have responded to hydrogen peroxide. I put one drop on it with a q-tip and I saw it frizzle, I then cleaned it, taking all the white foam away, then another drop and so on, after 4 or 5 times, when I cleaned it, a white tiny pearl came out, leaving a clean hole. So I'll keep you posted on our progress.
As usual I put betadine on them afterwards.
I am so sorry to read your terrible experience with squeezing, racheal thanks for sharing it.

gordonpym Tue 23-Apr-13 08:05:55

Just noticed there are no legend with the pictures, don't know why, but the order is correct, pictures come in couples, the first, whiter , was taken Sunday, the other, this morning.
And the white stuff on the last one, is this alien thing popping out of the molluscum- Beurck

i think that getting the pearl out is key...if it has come out of a spot then i would just leave it be after that, they quickly heal and fade.

Glad you are seeing some success!

gordonpym Thu 25-Apr-13 08:01:36

How are you all doing?

YoniOneWayOfLife Fri 26-Apr-13 10:25:28

They are going shock - however after crowing to DH about how only one application of bazooka did it, turns out he's been using aftershave twice a day for the last week on them!

MLPB Fri 26-Apr-13 14:58:47

We are due back to the freezing clnic on Monday as the Doctor did not freeze them all as so many. Those that were frozen have virtually disappeared after 4 weeks leaving a slight pink blemish which I have been told will eventually also go. For our DD the only thing that worked was the freezing.... Just fortunate that not only did the 4th Doctor agree that needed to happen after 18 months of trying other methods, but that a freezing clinic is available at our surgery once a month! Good luck everyone else, keep us updated with how your getting on.

BooCanary Fri 26-Apr-13 16:05:27

Think DD has a few starting on her face now!

I think aftershave is an astringent so would have a similar effect, ie softens the bump so the pearl bit can come out. Fab that it works!

I do think the bazooka stops the spreading though because of the cap that it forms.

Good luck at the freezing clinic for the other poster smile

carasmam Wed 15-May-13 13:40:23

my friends father gave here a seaweed lotion that she started using on her daughter cleared it up in ten weeks and when the younger brother was showing signs of MC it cleared it up straight away.The lotion was aimed at inflamed or itchy skin and is good for managing eczema ,all natural ingredients.The before and after pics are in gallery section of their website. caradermskincare.com

loopydoo Wed 15-May-13 13:49:26

W tried the colloidal silver route but dd was hissy about having anything so eventually gave up and put up with them. Eventually they went.

Like warts and veruccas, they will disappear on their own after a while. Seem take longer than others but they will go.

dufflefluffle Wed 15-May-13 14:11:34

My children had this - one for 9 months and one for 15 months - -nothing worked. We tried apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, squeezing them - nothing. However they have left scars. one child had them 2 years ago and the other (they cleared up about) 9 months ago and they both have pits where the nasty spots were. I'm not convinced that those that scarred were only the ones we squeezed but I think some we left alone scarred too. A woman in France posted on one of these threads that in France doctors treat them aggressively and immediately unlike here where the attitude is that as they are a virus you have to wait until your body recognizes it as such and gets rid of them itself

SerBrienne Wed 15-May-13 14:11:48

I'm sure I remember a 'duct tape cure' from Mumsnet yonks ago, on the basis that the infection couldn't spread if they were covered.

loopydoo Wed 15-May-13 14:16:17

But they are viral, not an infection.

Think the duct tape thing is more about aggravating them (like you do with skin tags) rather than anything else.

bohemimum Wed 15-May-13 14:49:21

Thuja does work - I am a homeopath. You would need to really see a registered homeopath as each child is different and some of the stronger potencies of the remedies are not available over the counter.
No - it is not an acid; it is a remedy made from an american tree, and therefore, totally organic.
Should take around 6 weeks to see results, but if left alone (ie no squeezing) then your child will be scar free too.
HTH.

conorsrockers Wed 15-May-13 14:55:22

DS2 has had these on his torso and arms for 3 years now (at least). They hit an all time high about a year ago and are now dying down naturally. It's a long time to wait.
He won't let me pop them. I've tried!!! But, they don't seem to bother him. On your face is a different matter though sad hope you find a solution soon.

watchingout Wed 15-May-13 15:50:15

All 3 of mine had these. Finally cleared with Thuja 6. I remember that they got worse just before they healed. I.e. no trouble for ages, then a week or so as they erupted (pushed out of body) then hey presto grin all gone. Only one noticeable scar on DS1's back
They do go. Eventually.

My two DD had them, I got some cream and other stuff (shampoo & soap) from molluscum.com. I pulled the head out with tweezers when they got big, no squeezing (the one time I did it, it scarred). They were gone in 10-14 days never to return.
I would recommend just the silvercure ointment, don't bother with the other stuff.

MrsFruitcake Wed 15-May-13 16:02:34

DS has a few on his neck. Doctor said to leave them alone and they'd go in time, so I have as they aren't bothering him and are really tiny.

schoolshoeblues Wed 15-May-13 16:09:49

Hi I'm not in the uk either and I have had my son treated here in India. The dr dabbed a medical ointment on them which made them blister up and they gradually popped. This was 10 days again. They popped and scabbed over, which was horrible, now they are healing. Not sure what will happen after they heal though, but they do look like they are on there way out!

GiveMumABreak Wed 15-May-13 16:44:02

After much research - I also got Thuja (ointment and tablets) from homeopathic supplier on eBay - it cleared my daughters molluscum up in about two weeks (I also washed her pjs, towel and any other clothing that she wore daily - during this time)

I feel for you OP - it's very upsetting!

whatkungfuthat Wed 15-May-13 16:49:32

I would say squeezing seems to work. DS2 had them on his back for ages when he was a toddler, then when they spread to the front they disappeared really quickly. We found out that he had been squeezing them when he tried to squeeze one on his arm that he had already got and said "no good". I didn't see any bleeding though

BerylStreep Wed 15-May-13 17:15:05

Haven't read the whole thread, but a friend told me that allowing them pop spreads the spores, so they should be covered.

She dealt with her DS by squeezing and dabbing vinegar on. I remember her telling me, my face was one of pure horror.

CoteDAzur Wed 15-May-13 17:43:56

"But they are viral, not an infection"

Err, MC is a viral skin infection.

AvonCallingBarksdale Wed 15-May-13 17:57:05

Oh, it's horrible sad DD had it for 2 years on her torso. In the end I did squeeze some of the really big ones, which she hated, but they went v soon after. Whether it was "time" for them to go or not, I, at least, felt like I was doing something to help her!! To look now, you'd never know - there are a few pin prick scars but that's it and she had a lot, although, thankfully never on her face. I'd never heard of it before she got them - DS didn't have it.

teddymummy Wed 15-May-13 18:19:50

All three of my dc have had them. With the first child they spread and were very ugly so bought some silver treatment and used immune system boosting vitamins. We took her out of school for a week to the sunshine and treated her and the sun/ sea really cleared them up.
The younger two have had them for over a year. Last night I popped an angry red one on ds back, the pearl came out easily, no pain, just a little blood. It is hopefully the last one in the house!
Incidentally my middle son was complaining of his old molloscum being itchy on Saturday. I pulled off what I thought was some dead skin with tweezers and a dried up pearl came out as well, a bit like a little carrot. It has left a tiny hole in his back, but must be the last part of the virus leaving his body. It was weird, but also quite satisfying!!

Leafmould Wed 15-May-13 18:30:52

You may be interested in participating in research about molluscum contagiosum. You get a £10 voucher for taking part here

duchesse Wed 15-May-13 18:44:38

I looked at that study a couple of weeks but DD3 who has it at the moment isn't old enough- children have to be 4 to take part.

BadMissM Wed 15-May-13 19:46:15

DD had them when she was about 5. Were there for about 2 years, first under her am, then where she burnt her leg in an accident. Was told they were Molluscum Contagiosum by GP in London, and tried everything on them. When we moved north, new GP said they weren't...they were a kind of wart. She treated them as warts...they went. Moral of the tale, maybe get a couple of opinions....

minxthemanx Wed 15-May-13 20:38:05

Squeeze em. Gets rid of them, and very, very satisfying for me.......

4hoursanightisnotalright Wed 15-May-13 20:45:55

My DS had this last year, she was totally covered, the Dr said it was the worst case she had ever seen, also really aggravated by her excema. Anyway, she took Thuja homeopathic tablets daily and I used Epsom Salts and Lemon Myrtle in the bath. It seemed to bring them up, so after the bath we would sit and either she (aged 4 at the time) or I would gently squeeze the ones that had a sort of white spike poking out as they are ready to go. The white spiky bit comes out with some blood so have a tissue ready. The best bit though is once it stops bleeding use a spray plaster over the area to stop it spreading. Once we got on a roll we did this every night and within about 3-4 weeks they were totally gone and we are talking hundreds of the things. Now my son has it and he is a proper wuss about letting me touch them, but when they burst of their own accord I make sure I grab the plaster spray as it definitely stops them spreading. If any burst while during the day or in the night then wash those clothes on a hot wash to make sure you nix the bit that spreads. It will go soon. Good luck!

thegreylady Wed 15-May-13 20:47:19

My dgs had them really badly from 15 months old.The worst ones were beside his eye though he had many on his body.If they became infected the doc gave antibiotics.By the time he was 3 they had completely gone leaving no scars.I used to fret and look on here for advice/remedies but dd held her nerve and honestly they have all gone [he is just 4] and you would never know he had had them.
Squeezing hurts likes hell and they are much more likely to become infected or leave scars.

bugster Wed 15-May-13 20:59:04

My oldest DD had them them about a year and a half ago. I had never heard of them but the first one she got, which was the biggest, was on the inside of her arm in the joint, in a place where she has always had eczema. I didn't really look at it properly for a while and thought it was just a kind of eczema, then after a month or so took her to the doctor, thinking she needed a better ecuema treatment, and he told me it was molloscum. She only has about 2 or 3 on the same place on her arm. The doctor said she got them there because of the eczema, which had weakened her skin. He said although the virus is highly contagious, most people won't get it if exposed because they have immunity to it. Somhe prescribed a treatment which made them blister, and then they eventually healed in a few weeks, after looking really angry and horrible. One of them did get infected, and she had to take antibiotics, and the blistering liquid hurt her. AftervI first took her to the doctor more came up in the same area, and some on the ither arm in the same place, but I blitzed them with the liquid when they were tiny, so it kept it under control. Suddenly they just allmcleared up, and she didn't get any any more. Her doctor said at some point your body just develops that immunitywhich most people have in the first place, burning them stimulates the immune response.

I was told by the pharmacist that the affected skin should be covered to prevent contagion, and I put bandages on at night so she didn't spread it to other parts of thhe body by scratching in her sleep.

Te whole thing was very distressing but I guess we were lucky she didn't really have it that long and it was pnly on a part of her body which was covered, during the winter. It would have been much worse on the face!

I am now much more careful to keep the eczema at bay by slathering moisturisers on regularly, so that her skinisn't weakened and susceptible.

My younger DD never got a single spot, despite lots of contact before I knew what it was, shared bathwater etc. I guess she had the natural immunity.

It was pretty horrible, I would definitely go with trying to blitz them and if I see any more I'll do that right away!

Mof4 Wed 15-May-13 23:03:14

My dd3 had these for nearly two years. We were told the virus is contained in the white waxy substance in each spot (looks like pus) and when she would allow we squeezed these as they became inflamed, like they were ready to erupt and disposed of the white stuff, washed hands etc. If she didn't want us to squeeze we would put a plaster on until it had erupted and then dispose of. Cleared up in a month. She had one spot left which got inflamed almost a year later, we squeezed this one and touch wood that was the end. I really sympathise with anyone with a dc with this as ours used to get really upset about them.

jennifersofia Wed 15-May-13 23:24:36

Just to add another 'cure' into the mix - we heard that comfrey cream / ointment was effective, so we bought some from the health food shop and applied it rigorously morning and evening to every molluscum, and they started to fade. No squeezing needed. It has taken a couple of months, but they are basically gone now, thank goodness, with a little bit of scarring, though I think that might go away in time. She (5 yr old) has had them about 9 months all over her torso. I think they were made worse / spread more because she was probably scratching the itchy ones at night. We were told that they were most commonly passed through the public swimming baths.

goingmadinthecountry Wed 15-May-13 23:37:28

Treatment on mn many years ago when now grown up dd had them was Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream slathered all over. Not a clue why, but it worked for her and lots of others. Popped and cleaned last 4 and none of my 4 ever got them again.

Horrible thing.

mamacoffee Thu 16-May-13 09:07:18

i can't believe the dr prescribed you hydrocortisone for MC. unless there is something else about the way the MC has progressed not mentioned in the OP, there is absolutely no need for hydrocortisone and i wonder if it would be effective in the long term anyway.

i started using an oil which ican't remember the name of but that was making slow progress.

then ds got chicken pox and the MC cleared up as the chicken pox cleared up!! grin ive read others who have had the same experience.

i think because MC is such a minor skin infection the skin doesn't even know its there so it doesn't fight it. but the chicken pox triggered the immune system to fight an infection on the skin and the MC got sorted at the same time.

so i would recommend a chicken pox party if your dc hasn't had it yet grin

poppydoppy Thu 16-May-13 09:53:52

My children have had this. The only way to get rid of them is to squeeze the queen (the biggest one) and cover it with a plaster for 3 days. The smaller ones will fade out after about a week.

Is this a new virus as I don't remember anyone having this as a child?

CoteDAzur Thu 16-May-13 10:07:16

OP - Hydrocortisone is not only ineffective against MC but also contraindicated in viral skin infections in general i.e. you shouldn't be using it for MC.

See here: "Like all topical corticosteroids, (Hydrocortisone) is contraindicated in skin infections and infestations such as chicken pox, herpes, and other viral infections"

Unless it is a specific cream that also has an anti-viral in it?

DottyboutDots Thu 16-May-13 10:26:21

We tried everything. We've had two children have it and the trigger to them clearing up seems to be squeezing them carefully. Also, when the second got them, we covered them with plasters initially to help contain the spread. Eldest had them for 2 years and that seems like a lifetime ago now, though at the time it was horrible.

09870987 Thu 16-May-13 10:29:37

Went to see a dermatologist who put local anaesthetic cream on, waited and then used dry ice to freeze off. Only did about 25 at a time, but it seemed to kick start the immune system and the rest disappeared.

Squeezing them really hurts

PaleHousewifeOfCumbriaCounty Thu 16-May-13 10:33:26

Consultant dermatologist prescribed some sort of peroxide stuff. Horrible and made it ten tines worse.

Saw homeopath who prescribed sulphur three times a day. Daily bath in plain water, treat one day with calendula cream, following day with tea tree. Gone in three weeks after an 8 month battle smile

pocketandsweet Thu 16-May-13 11:21:13

Ok. Apologies if it has been said before.... I have not read all the thread but wanted to share what worked for my DD. Tried everything. Doctor said basically "just wait and it will go" but DD was just starting school and I didn't want her to be teased etc.

She had them in her armpit and they started to move down her arms and her tummy. Went to good health food shop/homeopath place and they recommended Thuja and Echinacea in liquid form ( both to be applied and taken internally). I was sceptical but thought nothing to loose well within 2 days of following a advice I could tell it was getting better. After a week or so ALOT better and then it just sorted of tailed off. BY two weeks in I was no longer worried at all and probably had stopped Thuja and was applying Echinacea only after baths (when I remembered). I really hope this helps someone else.... I had never heard of Molluscum and it is one thing to say "OH don't worry it's nothing and will go on its own" and quite another thing to have your little person breaking out in new spots all the time. Good luck

SerBrienne Thu 16-May-13 11:57:20

I've never heard of spray plasters. Are they available over here??

MinimalistMommi Thu 16-May-13 12:11:41

About seven years so, I was told to squeeze by GP when they came to a head and looked poppable (and yes lots of blood and not nice for DD) but they did heal up and never came back. She had them on back and torso. I wouldn't recommend this on face though bc of scarring, although I don't think any of my DD's did scar in long term.

BoffinMum Thu 16-May-13 13:11:43

We went for various medical appointments, but in the end I just squeezed them out in two marathon sessions. They bled a bit but didn't spread, and I wiped carefully and put antiseptic on them afterwards. No scaring. DD was 7.

jonolsen Thu 16-May-13 13:18:45

Mumsnet have posted information about Molluscum which provides some information about molluscum http://www.mumsnet.com/health/children/molluscum-contagiosum

JennySense Thu 16-May-13 13:26:45

I squeezed DD's too - there is a core inside each one at that is what you need to remove. The bleeding is a good sign as you know you've got it out. During a warm bath is best. They went really quickly AIIR

AvonCallingBarksdale Thu 16-May-13 13:41:01

I remember as well that we went on holiday to Europe in the summer and "aired" DD's skin and when we got home they had all cleared up bar about 3. However, back home and they all reappeared!! Then sun and sea definitely had a good effect - maybe dried them out?

Southfarnhammum Thu 16-May-13 13:52:46

There is a great website called nomoremolluscum.com very helpful

Tuftysquirrel Thu 16-May-13 14:39:14

My DC were covered in the things, as we're most of the children in the school. Another mum suggested drying the children after a bath then towelling the molluscums (molluscsa?) vigorously. Worked like magic and within a shorter time they had all disappeared on both DC. Think it worked on the popping principle but much easier, no scarring at all. Oh, and I did hot wash the towels after each use. Good luck!

momolili Thu 16-May-13 15:22:40

My daughter (aged 10) had plantar warts on the soles of both feet for 2 years; she got to the point where she was walking on tiptoes because walking any other way was painful! We tried every thing; I finally decided to try Thuja Occidentalis (homeopathy) after reading about it on the net. I did both, oral and local treatment - 5 pellets 3x daily and drops on the verrucas. Did this for 2 months I think. I didn't think it would work and I'm so glad I was proven wrong! I don't know if this will work for molluscum, but maybe there's something similar for it.

4hoursanightisnotalright Fri 17-May-13 13:30:55

Ser Brienne - You can usually buy spray plasters on the shelves next to usual plasters in chemists etc..They just put a thin, clear film over grazes etc but are perfect for this as it covers them up but without plasters everywhere. My kids and I have a bit of a plaster allergy so this stuff is super useful. Also AvonCalling Barkside we had the same thing on holiday in Mallorca - days on the beach seemed to totally get rid of the molluscum but they returned as soon as we got home. The good news is once they have had it once they don't get it again - phew!

Leafmould Fri 17-May-13 17:36:49

My dd had one, and I thought it was part of her eczema, and blasted it with trimovate which seemed to work. She has had no more since then.... Not sure if trimovate contains anti viral?

SerBrienne Fri 17-May-13 22:21:26

Thank you, 4 hours!

dogsagoodun Sat 18-May-13 20:00:28

Ds has just been diagnosed as having this. The doctor gave me steroid cream, is this not the right thing to use?

Also, how contagious is it? What precautions can I take to stop the other two getting it?

It's awful. I hate his perfect little body being marked in this way.

BoffinMum Sat 18-May-13 23:11:26

Steroid cream may make it worse. Suggest a repeat visit, to a different GP this time.

AmayaMommy Wed 22-May-13 05:12:10

I tried so many things when my little on had molluscum! I was at my wits end when my Dermatologist recommended we try Poxiderm. I was hesitant at first after wasting so much money on products that claim to work but we tried it anyway and wow after 2 weeks it was all gone! Here is the link www.skincarebiopharma.com/products/poxiderm

gordonpym Wed 22-May-13 06:13:35

Time for a little update.
DS2 has now only three left on his torso. These are now very small and dry and on their way. His arm is totally clear and molluscum free
So, from my experience, my advice would be:
1) don't wait, it can only get worse
2) do some research. Read and investigate further. For example the success rate for the product advertised above is only 40% www.skincarebiopharma.com/pages/physicians, as published by the manufacturers of the product. So that is not good enough on my book.
3) ideally have them removed if your country is currently accepting the procedure. Right now in Spain, they don't do it anymore and my doctor words were this "carniceria" (slaughter) has provided enough beach houses for the dermatologists hmm.

So this is what worked for us:
- peroxide hydrogen
- betadine or any other iodine solution brand
- tea tree oil
- one zillion cotton buds

Every morning, I apply with a cotton bud one drop of peroxide on each and leave it for a minute more or less. Sometimes, the molluscum will bubble and become white. In that case, I clean it with a cotton bud and put a second drop, and so on. Always use the cotton bud only once.
Doesn't take more than 10 min and doesn't stain clothes.
every evening first I apply one drop of tea tree oil on each, and then on top, a drop of betadine and let it dry. If there is too much liquid, I just touch it with yet another cotton bud and it absorbs some of it. This does stain, so put a white t-shirt instead of Pj so you can bleach it
every day change t-shirts, shirts, pj, towels, and use warm water to wash it. Change sheets as often as you can.
spray Lysol or any other brand of disinfectant bleach-free spray on your carpet where your DCs tend to lie down or play on the floor.

We have reduced baths and when we do it, I put 1/4 cup of bleach in a full tub. I let him play in the water during 15 min, of course no soap or shampoo. And then a shower and wash-

Time consuming, an hassle, but it works. Sometimes, I notice a new tiny one popping, but in just one day, it's gone, that's why I say do not wait and let them get big, because then it will take ages to clear.
It's very very cheap. The most expensive being the tea tree oil which I pay around 10 euros and the bottle lasts forever.

This has become a very long post. Hope it helps.

CoteDAzur Wed 22-May-13 07:44:09

Well, we paid only one visit to the dermatologist who scraped DD's MC spots. It was over in 5 mins, didn't cost much, and they never came back.

He wouldn't even be able to buy a good tent to put on the beach with that money.

ianandsibel1971 Thu 04-Jul-13 12:34:13

It appears that there is a new product available called Molludab, we have just got this on prescription for my DD but you can also get it over the counter as well.
We have used it twice so far, instructions are to use it for 4 to 6 days until spots become irritated then stop and spots will disappear with 5 weeks. Will report back in a couple of weeks on progress

wrenster Sat 06-Jul-13 13:38:46

Thank you SO much ianandsibel I will be straight off to Boots on Monday! One of my DS's has 100+ of the darn things. Let us know how you get on

Redmosh1 Sun 07-Jul-13 22:45:51

My 6YR old daughter E has MC. She has some really nasty spots all up the inside of her legs, some on her arms, although the worst are all up her legs.

Some of these have the white heads on them.

Have been to the doctors and they obviously said to let it take its course but having read the comments above its not something I am prepared to do.

I bought some TeaTree oil and dabbed on and also some Iodine which I dabbed on after her bath but she was screaming that it stung. To be honest I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing, I have read the comments above and there seems so many different ways of treating I'm a bit confused.

I'm going to try and get some of the Molludab as above.

I am now giving seperate baths as I have a 3yr old boy and dont want him to get it.

My chemist was really helpful and suggested Thuja so I will go and have a chat with him tomorrow as it seems to crop up a bit as a way of treating.

I could do with a bit of advice please as I'm not really sure the best way to deal with this.

Redmosh1 Mon 08-Jul-13 22:56:18

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hereshecomesnowsayingyoniyoni Tue 09-Jul-13 12:12:56

My dd who's 8 has them between the tops of her legs.took her to the doctors last week and was told not to put anything on them but let them go by themselves which he said could take up to a year hmm
She suffers with excema and he said it was common in children who use steroid creams which she does
I'm taking her back later today as her excemas really bad and the molluscum spots are bothering her as they are really itchy.been giving her antihistamine to try and help.if no joy with doctor I'll try some off the suggestions on here.

flakjacket Fri 12-Jul-13 13:41:53

Another one off to the doctors tonight to try to get a prescription for MolluDab. I have ordered it into Boots for tomorrow and hopefully will be getting it on prescription, rather than paying the £24.50 price tag...

DD (age 10) has them on her neck and chin, beginning to spread up her face sad. She has had them over 6 months now and nothing has worked so far...

ianandsibel1971 Fri 12-Jul-13 23:02:27

Update we have been using the molludab for over a week, the spots have now become inflamed and we are now stopping as per the instructions. Fingers crossed this will be the end of the dam things

goldenlula Sat 13-Jul-13 00:59:58

I plan to get ds2 to the doctor. I am going to use te fact that they have been becoming infected (along with the 50+ boils and styes he has had) in th last 6 months and leaving bad scars. I hope this gets it prescribed!

wrenster Sat 13-Jul-13 20:04:39

A little update from me. Using the molludab (had to buy from Boots for almost £25!) and it's causing the DC a lot of pain as its burning the spots. I've tried it on myself and they aren't making a fuss over nothing, it is painful. Another 2 days to go but the spots are starting to scab which is the idea so we will see how it goes.

hm32 Sat 13-Jul-13 20:26:23

Horrified here, at all these stories. I had MC as a child. One spot that turned into five, on the inside of one elbow. My mum took me to the dermatologist (private as wasn't in the UK), who froze them off straight away and that was it. Cannot imagine leaving them for a child to become covered in them. I get that the NHS has to cut costs, but really...

MLPB Mon 15-Jul-13 20:44:39

Hello everyone...... Just wanted to share with you that after 2 years our DD is finally free of MC. It has taken 5 months of treatment by way of attending a monthly freezing clinic at our local doctors surgery.
After 2 Doctors told me there was nothing that can be done we finally found a Doctor who would freeze them! It's been a long horrible journey as they were on her neck & spreaded to her face but thankfully they have finally gone.
There was a time I thought this day would never come!
Wishing you all the same success!! Keep strong!

LydiaMac Fri 19-Jul-13 14:31:41

I feel the need to share my MC story with everyone as I am using a cream that seems to be working and hasn't been mentioned on the threads I've read.
My 4 year old son has had MC for about 8 months, but I only recently found out what it is. It's all along one side of his trunk and into his groin.
We are currently living in Australia and having tried everything to get rid of his 'warts' and worrying why they were spreading, I took him to see a GP. The GP told me all about MC and suggested that we either leave them alone to heal in time, but he couldn't say how long that would take, or treat them with a cream called Aldara. It triggers the immune response that would eventually clear the infection if left alone. Every other night we cover each spot with a dab of cream and rub it in. We've been doing it for 8 weeks now. In that time, a couple of the spots have disappeared (leaving a red area, but I think that's because we continued treating them after they had started to heal and I think they will fade) and we have only found one new one (whereas before they were spreading at quite a rate). Of those that are left, most have turned red, which is a sign that they are getting better.
I haven't read all of the posts on this thread, but there doesn't seem to be anyone in the UK using this cream. I suspect it is because the cream isn't available on the NHS. It is possible to ask the GP to give a private prescription and I would recommend those of you at the end of your tether with MC to give it a go. It is expensive. We pay $65 for 6 sachets of cream and one pharmacist quoted $118.There is a generic version available at a slightly lesser price. However, it appears to be working where just leaving them alone was not. It is not painful and shouldn't leave any marks.
I would be interested to hear how anyone using the cream gets on and will keep you up to date with my progress.

wrenster Sun 21-Jul-13 07:43:26

Thanks lydiamac for another option, I will speak to the GP. Sadly I'm not convinced that the molludab is working despite causing a lot of pain. DS has 100+ and trying to dab them all is pretty horrible. They are scabbing but the spread seems pretty constnt still and they look just awful. I don't think his are big enough to freeze off. DD has much bigger ones on her bottom which I am guessing could be frozen but hers don't seem to be going yet either. My other DS looks as if he might now be developing them which fills me with horror as he is the worst with any kind of medicine/treatment. Has anyone had any success with molludab yet?

flakjacket Thu 25-Jul-13 13:33:47

Have been using Molludab for two weeks on Saturday, although only started on the ones on her face when she broke up from school last Friday. The first ones are all red and angry looking and a couple of the smaller ones have mostly gone smile. We think it's working... shock

I haven't heard of either of those creams. DS's are going slowly, someone I know recommended Germaline each night & a plaster. They do go but leave little scars.

I bloody hate MC. Our GP just wouldn't treat them, they cover the trunk of his body & then some spread to his arm. He swims competitvely and he is really bothered by how they look especially when they are red & angry.

OhWhatAPalaver Fri 26-Jul-13 07:58:24

Another one here with 18mo dd with molloscum. She only had one for ages and now there are 4 on her back, I thunk they started spreading cos she was naked a lot in the hot weather! I am in two minds whether to just leave them and see if they go as she is still so young, or whether to attack the damn things before they get worse!

Appletree10 Sat 27-Jul-13 10:11:28

Hello all, my 4year old has had these for almost 2 years and they keep coming, just been to the chemist and purchased molludab,
it is expensive but be honest im willing to pay anything to get rid of these things. I tried to get it on prescription but my doctor couldn't prescribe because the primary trust hasn't given it the go ahead (probably because it is expensive- i paid 25 quid for 2mls) but she did say that it looks like its worth a try.
I will let you know how it goes.
BTW the MC has never bothered my DD, I'm just worried that with her staring school in September they might start to.

OhWhatAPalaver Sat 27-Jul-13 12:32:09

I think we might give molludab a go before they spread more. Think she's getting one on her face now sad how are other folk getting on with it?

wheredoistartmrs Sat 27-Jul-13 12:46:14

if you stimulate them( ie pick them )they will heal up quicker advice given to me by hospital consultant.

ianandsibel1971 Sat 24-Aug-13 09:00:11

Just wanted to update, 7 weeks since starting the molludab and they've all gone. We didn't actually treat all of them just the biggest ones and the least visible but all have now disappeared.

Only one really reacted to the molludab and erupted with white pus and was very red (we put a bit of tea tree oil antiseptic cream on and it caled down) others just got a bit red and then disappeared.

Good luck and try and get this prescribed we got via our local determilogical clinic which the gp referred us to

LydiaMac Mon 26-Aug-13 01:40:30

A quick update with our MC story. We treated my son's MC with the Aldara cream 36 times and it is now going away. Some sites went away immefiately, others took longer and those that remain now look waxy, which I've noticed to be the first step in them healing. There have been no new sites appearing since we started using the cream. My little bit hasn't complained of the cream hurting, unless it is applied to sites that have already started to mend. It has taken a few months and cost about £150 (although we were refunded by our health insurance provider) but I would say it has been worth using Aldara to stop the spread of mc. I do recommend those still in search of an answer to ask for a private prescription from their GP

wrenster Mon 26-Aug-13 07:04:33

Thanks for all of the hopeful stories guys. We are still in the midst of all 3 DC covered in the blighters. We've been using Molludab for a good month or so now and it is making them scab but new ones are developing all of the time.

Docs will do nothing despite saying one of my DS has the worst case they've ever seen. They won't even give me a prescription for Molludab. I'm persevering though and now adding lemon myrtle oil to their baths and mixed with oil directly onto their skin.

The worst DS took his shorts off yesterday and they were covered in blood where two heads and come off and leaked blood and puss. I feel for him so much esp as they are starting school in 2 weeks. Even our private health refused to let us see a dermatologist.

I will look into Aldara and persevere with the Molludab and keep hoping. So pleased its worked for you guys - it gives me hope!

Rooners Mon 26-Aug-13 08:04:49

'I haven't read all of the posts on this thread, but there doesn't seem to be anyone in the UK using this cream. I suspect it is because the cream isn't available on the NHS.'

It certainly is but it's prescribed as a cancer treatment hmm

I'll go and read up and come back with more info. Hold your horses.

Rooners Mon 26-Aug-13 08:08:22

Oh you're Ok. Aldara is basically Imiquimod - used to stimulate an immune response.

It doesn't look like it works though on MC: (from wiki)

Imiquimod, a form of immunotherapy, had been proposed as a treatment for molluscum, based on promising results in small case series and clinical trials.[17][18] However, two large randomized controlled trials, specifically requested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act[19] and completed in 2006, both demonstrated that imiquimod cream, applied three times per week, was after 18 weeks no more effective than placebo cream in treating molluscum in a total of 702 children aged 2–12 years old.[20] In 2007[21] results from those trials—which have not been published in the medical literature or incorporated into the medical literature[22]—were incorporated into FDA-approved prescibing information for imiquimod, which states: "Limitations of Use: Efficacy was not demonstrated for molluscum contagiosum in children aged 2-12."[20] Imiquimod's FDA-approved prescribing information in 2007 was also updated to document concerning safety issues raised in the two large randomized controlled trials as well as a smaller pharmacokinetic study (also requested by FDA and subsequently published[23]), including:

etc etc (nothing too serious in terms of common reactions)

LydiaMac Tue 27-Aug-13 07:22:16

That's interesting Rooners. Our GP here in Aus offered Aldara right away. Obviously there's no knowing that my son's mc wouldn't have healed without the cream, but I do feel it has worked for him. Do note that the FDA have much stricter guidelines than the UK and so immiquimod may still be available on private prescription in UK,

FannyMcNally Tue 27-Aug-13 07:43:36

10 years ago the only advice doctors gave was to pop them. Dd3 had them for 2 years and in desperation we covered 20 spots on her torso with plasters for a week and everything went away as if by magic.

flakjacket Tue 27-Aug-13 11:14:55

Still using Molludab here. I think we started a week or so after ianandsibel. We had a weeks break last week because DC was away. The overall number has reduced, with lots scabbed over. However new ones are still appearing further up her face and even on her nose sad. We will persevere...

Am tempted to cover them in plasters for rest of hols but don't think DC will let me - whole of chin, some of neck and nose - she would hate it! Mind you, not as much as I hate those little b**** disfiguring her face angry.

feefee74 Tue 27-Aug-13 16:05:08

Hi all, my DD (5) has a few on her body and face. We started with one big one on the back of her leg and then noticed a few more little ones appearing on her face (eyebrow, top lip, chin, cheek) but I'm noticing a few more on her legs and bottom now. I hate them so much and would do anything to get rid.
I took her to Napiers in Glasgow for a herbal remedy to boost her immune system which she takes 3 times per day. She told me to go back in 3 weeks but said there is no quick fix and to be patient but I am NOT!
I bought Molludab (£24.99) from my local chemist and have been applying this to the bigger ones religiously. So far they have gone red but not inflamed but I am praying they will and then just go away. I do think its actually making more appear but perhaps that's the virus peaking before it leaves her system. Who knows? I also intermittently apply tea tree, sudocreme and have stopped baths. She gets a shower with tea tree shower gel and soap and we are washing her towel every day and changing sheets every couple of days but I fear this nasty virus has to run its course and we are nowhere near out of the woods yet.
I'm seeing a private dermatologist tomorrow so will report back what he says.
All I can say is that it bothers me far more than DD. She thinks its a bit of a game to be honest and I want to keep it that way but it really gets me down. I'm trying to stay strong and just accept that I can't stop the pimples appearing but I will try whatever I can to shorten the lifespan.
Stay strong everyone.

Can I ask the Molludab users...did you stop after 2 weeks per instructions and how long did it take for the exploding ones to get to that stage?

Fee x

Theonlyoneiknow Tue 27-Aug-13 20:02:52

Has anyone Been to a homeopath? My DS had 100+ on his torso, legs and face. I left them for a year (and that's what the GP said) and they carried on appearing. Enough was enough! I used a method recommended on here ie/ putting a couple of drops of lemon myrtle oil in his bath, changing towel and PJs daily, mixed lemon myrtle oil with olive oil and dabbed it on, when a couple started erupting I put Manuka honey cream on and covered with a plaster. This was in conjunction with two homeopathic pills day and night that I got prescribed, one was thuja and I can't remember the name of,the other one sorry, will go and have a look, they were gone within 8 weeks.

DD has a few now though and she is only 14 months :-( so started the same lemon myrtle treatment to see how it goes before going back to homeopath.

wrenster Tue 27-Aug-13 20:24:03

Hi fee. It sounds as if we are in a similar boat to you. My 3 DC have them, one is v v bad, but the others not quite so, but still extensive. I think I mind about them more than they do which is a good thing!

With the molludab, every spot seems to vary. 2 weeks IMO is too short and most of theirs have taken longer to erupt or scab than that. A few are still doing nothing despite using for over a month now. Others seem to be coming out everywhere - I feel as if there isn't much more room on my poor DS's body.

We are seeing another doctor tomorrow but I'm really not holding out much hope :-(

Would love to know what the private dermatology says - our private healthcare refused to cover it.

feefee74 Thu 29-Aug-13 18:47:36

Hi everyone. Well I feel so much better after seeing the dermatologist. He was very down to earth and honest. He said that in most cases if left alone it should start to clear up after 9 months or the immune system should kick in then because the body finally recognises it as a virus. He did say that hygiene and diet can affect it and also kids with other skin problems like dermatitis or eczema seem to find it harder to shake off. He also said that boosting the immune system can help too but the most significant thing he told me was to annoy them! He said if you attack them they will go away faster. I showed him the Molludab and he nodded approvingly and said it would definitely work (not from any knowledge of the product but the active ingredient). He also recommended me a cream called Crystacide to apply. I had to order it over the counter but it came today so I've started. Its basically hydrogen peroxide and can be applied 3 times per day. He said I could apply the Molludab and also the Crystacide on the same days. His advice was basically to attack them and zap them. He said in some cases they might freeze them off but only if they were big and problematic and DD's weren't. He also said that a change to day to day routine was unnecessary and baths were fine but use own towels. He said they aren't as infectious as people make out and the pimples that appear while you have it are going to come anyway and not because they are being reinfected. He said that you can't stop them coming but just attack them as they do appear. He also said that its fine to swim but put a little vaseline over them when coming out the pool. He said there's no evidence that they transmit through swimming and what is most likely is that they become irritated from chlorine and then the child scratches and transmits them that way. He said its very common in DD's age group (5) but if kids have good hygiene at school then it helps.

I'm feeling so much better and can definitely see a change in the pimples with the Molludab. The big one on her leg has a kind of solid white centre stalk now and its flatter and drier looking. I am tempted to get the tweezers on it. Oh and the doc also said that if the skin looks soft in the bath then pop it and then apply savlon or whatever you're using and a plaster.

The Molludab stings like hell so for anyone considering it, you need to know its sore for them but worth it. DD is on the promise of a new doll and she likes us to blow on the pimples after we do it. She gets some in the morning and the evening and that's been 6 days now.

I've applied the Crystacide this evening and will do the Molludab again before bed. I am going to kill these little things dead with everything I have smile

Don't give up everyone. We can beat this but we need to persevere and be patient. There is no quick fix to this but I'd definitely recommend the Molludab. Read the leaflet carefully and follow instructions but persevere even if they are squealing. DD only squeals for about 25 seconds and then she's fine. Its worth it to know I am getting rid of it.

Fee x

hereshecomesnowsayingyoniyoni Thu 29-Aug-13 19:30:33

That's interesting feefee74
My dd who's 8 has recently started getting them but has suffered with really bad eczema for the last couple of years.i was told on my last gp's visit that they will eventually go but will probably take a year.over the last week they seem to have got worse as well as the eczema too.i have an appointment for her next week so I'm going to ask about the products you've mentioned and see if she can be prescribed them.i'm also going to ask about an allergy test aswell re the eczema as it's disturbing her at night and also at school she has to leave the class to apply the diprobase cream and its starting to get her down.
I hope you have joy with getting rid of them

cnewman Fri 30-Aug-13 17:29:05

My 5 year old Daughter had molluscum for around 18 months and got progressively worse. She had a terrible outburst of them in her upper inner thigh, and they even bled. She didn't want to go to school and became very self conscious. The doctors said 'its a virus, theres nothing you can do' etc... I then found a company called 100%nature who offer products to fight this horrible virus. After using the cream for 2 weeks, they had all dried up, and now 6 weeks on they have all gone, and no more have appeared. It costs a little more than your standard cream, but it really is worth it. A life changing product.

wrenster Fri 30-Aug-13 22:16:53

Thank you so much feefee for letting us know what the dermatologist said, I can't tell you how helpful it was.

I will persevere with the Molludab and agitate them as much as possible and have faith!

Lets keep all of our fingers crossed we get rid of this virus.

mummy1973 Fri 30-Aug-13 22:37:06

Dd had them when she was 2 on her back and it took 2 years for them to go. But I then started getting them for about 2 years so I think she passed to me. I got mostly under my armpit but then one on my eyelid which I had to have surgically removed as it was so annoying. Think we will both get recurring bouts of it.

feefee74 Sun 01-Sep-13 20:59:56

Quick update, the largest one on her leg exploded this morning! It was horrible but the white centre didn't come out. It bled profusely so we pit crystacide on it and a plaster. It's very angry tonight so more crystacide and later on when she's asleep I plan to pop the white bit out. I'll be so relieved when I can do this. The facial ones didn't erupt but ate fading away to nothing and when we see a new one appear we just get the Molludab in it. It's a real chore for us all esp DD but its worth it.
My friend has just popped a large one on her DD's shoulder and a white pearly thing came out. It bled dark red so she put tcp and a plaster on. I'll get an update in the morning.

Hate this virus so much. Can't wait until we are rid!!!!

Georgiepie2 Wed 04-Sep-13 13:54:36

Hi, I have been reading this thread - thanks for all recommendations and advice. A my DD age 5 would never let me squeeze the spots i have decided to try thuja 30 and then lemon myrtle in her bath. Please can anyone tell me what dose i should give her? The container 2 every 2 hours for the first 6 doses then 4 times a day for up to 5 days. Oh worth mentioning that they taste sweet so children should not mind them at all. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

grotbags1 Mon 09-Sep-13 00:41:06

After some advice please - DD has had this for about 9 months. For the last month or so I've been using Zymaderm (blend of tea tree oil and other stuff) on her spots morning and night. Over the last week all but three of her spots have turned and scabby and sort of flattened out. Has anyone any experience of this? For the first time she is complaining of them itching and the zymaderm stinging so I don't really know whether to continue it or not. I am desperate to be rid of it as permanently terrified of DD (4) passing it to DS (6m) but don't want to give her a complex about being 'infectious' either. Ugh. Any advice greatly appreciated!

geeorgiia Thu 12-Sep-13 17:15:03

My GP told me not to pop DD blisters as the white stuff in the middle is full of new virus waiting to infect others and also told me I shouldn't share towels.

I have however found another version of 'Molludab' A French dermatologist in London recommended to me that I had a look at something called 'Mollutrex' which is 10ml for under £20 - it seems to be the same stuff, has anyone else heard or tried this?

If anyone has any more advice I'd really appreciate it! smile

fedupofmc Thu 19-Sep-13 16:51:50

My DS is 4 and has about 20-30 on his face (mainly eye area) which are really unsightly. He won't let me go near them to pop them. I managed to pop one which obviously hurt him and bled a lot, so now he screams the place down if I go anywhere near them! He has just started school and a few kids have commented and I'm worried abut him making friends if he's going to be teased.
I've tried tea tree oil and some expensive stuff I got from the internet but as it's his eye area it all stings him too much as the skin is so sensitive. He's had it 6 months now and it is just spreading more and more and getting worse. GP refuses to do anything and says they will go of own accord.....grrr.

Any advice, please?

grotbags1 Fri 20-Sep-13 01:00:46

Hi there fed up

Afraid I don't have any magic solutions however I have been using Zymaderm which is a topical ointment made with tea tree oil and thuja and some other things ......I believe you can use it on the face and near the eyes as the instructions cover how to do this. Might be worth a look - I have been using it on DD for about 2months and most of her spots seem to have scabbed over. This has been going on for about two weeks now and I have to say they look worse rather than better in the short term however the first one to turn scabby has now healed into just a small slightly red area. Not sure if the Zymaderm has done this or her body but I do believe it stopped them spreading as much. I have also read that people use 'new skin' or something similar to cover them when they r on the face which can help to reduce spreading. Zymaderm does not sting my DD until spot turns scabby at which point I have stopped applying although not sure if that's the right thing to do.

Have every sympathy - v fed up and anxious about this virus too x

gailsmith0603 Sun 22-Sep-13 13:10:25

Hi Not read whole thread, try aloe activator from forever living it contains something they use in the states. Over a year with 40 spots and spreading to only 2 left within 2 months of applying day and night. No squeezing it just seams to make the body recognise the spots, makes them go red and explode and they don't come back. Hope this helps.

MummyCJP Thu 26-Sep-13 10:05:50

Has anyone tried the new over the counter treatment called Molludab??
http://www.molludab.co.uk/molluscum-contagiosum

My daughter has got MC and I am going to try Thuja first but always good to have a clincally tested back up if that doesn't get rid of it.

grotbags1 Sat 28-Sep-13 17:20:32

Hi - I haven't tried Molludab but its seems to go along with the theory that irritating the spots somehow alerts the body's immune system to their presence then it can fight them. I have been using Zymaderm on my daughter and I believe it has had the same effect. All of her spots are now at various stages of red, scabby, flaky and healed. She seems to get a new wave every week or so but then they turn red etc as soon as I put the Zymaderm on them. We have been using about 2 months. I really hope its on the way out now! I hate this virus and feel so stressed about preventing it from spreading on DD and to DS (7months).

Other things I have been doing is trying to keep all spots covered by clothes if poss. New PJs every night and new towel (not shared with anyone). Showers instead of baths. Tea tree shower gel. Towels all washed on hot.

Not sure if any of this has really made a difference but at least it makes me feel like I'm doing something!!

Oh and a multi-vitamin/mineral for kids. Some studies have linked having enough ZINC to helping heal quicker. That may also be why Sudacrem works for some also?

wrenster Tue 01-Oct-13 06:57:05

Mummycjp - if you look previously on the thread a few of us have been trying molludab. I've been using it now for I would guess 4 months and I'm still on the fence I'm afraid. My 3 DC have it, one v v badly. My DS who has it v badly (as in covered in it) I would say has reacted the best. His tummy spots are starting to heal although still rather scabby. His legs however are still plastered in spots and more are still coming out all of the time. But, I do think it's causing them to start to heal. dS 2 has them all over his tummy - molludab is making no difference whatsoever. DD has them mainly on her bottom and molludab has made some scab over but there are still more coming out.

I have tried lots of things including lemon mrtyle oil in the bath, changing towels everyday, pyjamas etc and nothing seems to have made any difference.

I have calmed down slightly about it now as in truth it bothers me much more than them. It feels like we've had it forever but I'm keeping the faith that it will go in time!

Theonlyoneiknow Tue 01-Oct-13 21:34:09

My homeopathic GP gave my 15mo thuja granules last week

grotbags1 Wed 02-Oct-13 03:09:52

I just discovered a new spot on DD's forearm. I won't be able to keep it covered as we live in a hot climate where its impossible to wear long sleeves and she is allergic to plasters. I feel completely devastated. I think now there i no hope of protecting DS (7 months) from this horrible virus. There is no doubt he has probably already been exposed as she manhandles him all the time. I can't express how gutted I am. I've been solo careful trying to protect him. DH deployed too so just sat here on my own worrying about it :-(

nwmama Mon 14-Oct-13 20:51:10

We have been prescribed Aldara (Imiquimod) for our child's (extensive) molluscum. Has anyone tried this? Any tips for successful application? Thanks!

Slummymummy7 Tue 15-Oct-13 20:02:45

Hi, thanks for all the info. My oldest son had molluscum under his arm for about 3 months. I am a doctor, so at the first sign of it, I cauterised it with wart freeze. howver, this seemed to cause a much worse outbreak after a week. So I would agree that freezing can make it worse. After that, I did what I have told everyone else to do and left it alone. Until I came on here to look for alternative suggestions. I decided to try Thuja cream, which I ordered off ebay for £6. It's a homeopathic remedy, and after ten days of applying it at night, the rash has magically disappeared. I believe that Thuja cream works.

When my youngest son and I started to get a few spots, I took an alternative route, and I applied Zovirax antiviral cream straight away. This seemed to nip it in the bud, and our spots have gone too. Zovirax is a coldsore/herpes cream that you can buy in Boots or any chemist. The active ingredient is Aciclovir.

Absolutely no squeezing or bleeding or crying or scarring for either of these methods. Hope this helps.

BooCanary Tue 15-Oct-13 22:34:08

My DD has had MC for about 18m now ( think I may have posted on this thread right back when it started actually!).

We tried so hard to get rid of it, firstly when we first noticed it ( caught of DS) and then again before the summer ( mindful of the summer clothes she would be wearing).

Nothing worked ( lemon myrtle, tea tree, silver spray, immune boosting vitamins, antiseptic cream, and a variety of specific MC remedies). In the end we gave up and DD is now even more covered - torso, arms, legs/thighs, few on face and hands, some quite big.

Ordered another lot of the 100% nature mollu-skin kit today ( it seemed to work on ds but no joy with DD when we used it last year) as DD came home from school v upset cos her classmates had teased her about it when they were getting ready for PE sad . She wants to try something to feel like we are doing something to get rid of them.

Sukebind Wed 16-Oct-13 21:13:03

Hi everyone,
My elder DD has had these since she was in Reception. She is now is Yr2 and so has had them nearly 2 years! They were really bad about 4-6 mths ago but recently they have calmed down and she only has a few, althugh she is still getting new ones. I tried (oral) manuka honey, a combination of tea-tree oild and iodine tincture which my best friend (a GP) read about in a medical journal, and squeezing . The TTO/IT combo is meant to be really effective but it really hurt and in the end she begged me not to 'paint' her with it any more. She said she'd rather have the spots than that. Her current problem is that they have clustered right around her bottom - where she goes to the loo - which is painful and itchy.
My younger DD is at the EVERYWHERE stage now. They are all over her arms, legs, tummy, bottom, back... I used to pop DD1s when she was asleep as they both scream blue murder if I do it when they are awake. Unfortunately DD2 is a really light sleeper and wakes up when I try. Also, it's colder now so she is really burrowing into bed and wearing a long sleeved nightie.
I took DD1 to the GP when she had a fair few but the GP hardly looked and them and said they'd go away. I thought I'd looked into all this a fair bit but had never heard of Molludab or any of the other prescribed treatments. Now I am not sure whether to return to the GP and ask (I suspect they will say go away) or to just ride it out.
I can't understand why my DD1 has STILL got them after all this time. I thought her immunity would have kicked in by now as she is otherwise a very healthy little girl, eats lots of fresh veg, etc.

hanbullet Mon 28-Oct-13 16:18:13

Reading through all the comments/suggestions that people have posted here and in desperation I bought a bunch of the different suggested remedies! My 3 year old DD has only about 5 on her shoulder, but until 2 weeks ago it was only 1 which she'd had for about a year. After reading all this stuff, and suddenly seeing new ones appear, i squeezed it and initially put Zovirax on it, then bought the bazooka gel and have been putting that on it. Today the Dr Wheatgrass has arrived, as has the tea tree oil and Iodine Tincture... so i'm now wondering what to carry on with? They've gone very red, but the small ones still have heads, but the initial large one seems to be drying up and is red. Which remedy should i use on the ones that are drying up? continue with the bazooka/zovirax, or start the healing with the dr wheatgrass?!! woudl love to hear from anyone as to what they used on them as they were going. thanks so much xx

radioalice Tue 12-Nov-13 14:55:56

During the 6 months my daughter suffered from molluscum, I have bought all available remedies (from Dr Wheatgrass to tea tree and so on) and nothing worked. In the end, as they were spreading towards her face I took her to see a dermatologist who froze them off and prescribed vitamins for the immune system. They have since all gone. If they were to come again I would go to the dermatologist immediately and ignore the GP who keeps on saying that they will eventually go. It's true, they will eventually go but in the meantime the child is miserable...

Dolly1412 Fri 15-Nov-13 10:53:55

My 7 year old has had this condition for a few months now. The GP said it could take years for it to clear. I've tried various different things but one thing it doesn't seem to like is Witch Hazel dapped directly from the tube via cotton wool. The last spot that came up, after 2 days it turned red and is now receding. I just keep on dabbing and although it isn't stopping them coming through it does seem to stop them in their tracks. Just wanted to share this and I sincerely hope it helps someone else.

sharon1000 Sun 29-Dec-13 23:14:29

Hi my 4yr old boy has molloscum, after doing lots of resarch i found dr wheatgrass which i have ordered online and AVC, i'm hoping one or the other will work. has anyone tried any of these? i'm quite scared as i have two other children and the doctor told me nothing can be done. any advice would be greatly appreciated.

dondo Thu 09-Jan-14 15:12:16

Hi there- I have read this thread with interest as my daughter had MC which we got rid of with silver spray. My son now has it (had it for about 6 months) and the silver spray is working a little bit but doesn't seem to shift it completely.

I should mention that his MC is around his mouth and some of the treatments discussed above may not work/are a bit to severe for that area of his face.

I just wondered if anyone had any tips on what had worked for them in treating MC in that particulat area.

many thanks

D

Waltonswatcher1 Fri 10-Jan-14 07:10:29

Ds had it for three years,slowly spreading over torso ,back of knees and elbows.
I have always been advised to leave it alone and wait. When he began to get really upset, I felt he needed to see me try to help. I decided to tackle it from within- am horrified of the stories on here where desperate parents have applied all sorts and even squeezed, causing pain.
I started him on oral probiotic drops. (Gut and immune system being best mates you see.)
Three days later they started receding. Within two weeks gone.
Placebo or lucky timing ,or did it really work?

Fergs68 Sat 11-Jan-14 22:43:09

My DD (5) has had these for 6 months, started with 4 on back of leg & spread to both legs just before Xmas (approx 25)where they seemed to be multiplying fast at which point I thought I would try & do something rather than "leave it to go away on its own" as GP suggested. So after an evening of research on several medical sites I followed the route of bath with tea tree oil every other night. (Not every night as they need time to dry out). Then apply iodine spray (only one in UK now appears to be Savlon antiseptic spray - off the shelf at Boots or any major supermarket) to prevent bacteria spreading. Do not squeeze, prod or poke. Also boost child's immune system with plenty of fresh fruit & veg & extra multi-vitamins. Week 1 spots stopped spreading, week 2 they started bursting / falling of / child scratching them meant the white fluid like stuff (grape) comes out. They bled quite a lot & bigger ones needed plaster but they definitely only go when they're ready. My DD was really good & was happy to hold a tissue over if they bled. She scratched a few herself in the bath & the 'grape' came out. If they leave a gaping hole then it appears they're dead & gone. Some take a few scab / bleeds before they're truly gone. They scab over & dry out like any other small cut. I am hoping they are on the way Out! I would definitely recommend the tea tree oil & iodine. 2 weeks and a massive improvement & no new spots. I agree that child's body seems to start recognising they are there so starts fighting against them. I also changed long pj bottoms every night & towels used on them to stop re-infection, loose clothing (no tights) to get air to them - I read somewhere that areas that get hot & sweaty are prone to them. Hope this helps. Horrible to see it but the child appears far less freaked out by this than adults (may of course be different if its more visible).

nickynest1978 Fri 28-Mar-14 12:52:17

Hi, I thought I would explain what I've gone through with my boys and molloscum warts as it may help someone, who felt as helpless as I did. I hope its not too long winded, just trying to get it all down.

My 3 year old has had mollscum for approximately 18 months. One started on his right side of his body/torso. I took him to the doctors thinking it was a bad mole. They told me it was molloscum and to do nothing and they would go on its own. Within eight weeks he had over 80. Starting from his arm, down his right side, tummy, groin, inner thigh and behind right knee. They say they don't hurt but they do. They get angry red and some pop, weeping out a puss that is highly contagious. I went back to the doctor's twice. They said to do nothing again! They also said I shouldn't bath the boys together, clean all toys regularly and not to share clothes.(I've got eleven months between my boys and they are inseparable). They have their own rooms but choose to share). As my other son had signs of this virus I couldn't separate them or even stop them bathing together. My youngest has not got any worse and no where near as bad as my eldest. I do keep clothes separate and flannel's towels etc.

My eldest is very aware and conscious of them.
I'm was at the end of my teather as I couldn't help him.

I then started looking at the internet and come across Thuja 30c. Its a herbal remedy. I've been using it for several months as well as Thuja 30c cream of the internet. Even Holland and Barrett sell the tablets.
It does make them come up and burst, but new ones were coming as the old one were going. It also costs me over £70 a month. My other son who is two, has five tiny ones around his groin area. I can only use cream and the 30c tablets. As soon as I used the cream and tablets on him they reduced in size and shrank to a pin head size but are still there, they don't look angry just a tiny pimple really. But he doesn't seem to bother him unlike my other son. Therefore I've been treating both sons. I also used bye wart for a few months. My son says bye wart stings a little but we persevered. Although it appeared to work other molloscum bumps keep coming.
Its costing quite a lot for little results in my case.
Then I stumbled across molludab on the internet. You can buy it for £22.50 +postage. But I went to my doctors and asked them to prescribe it.Although he had never heard of it, it was in the Mims medical book and gave me a prescription. That they had to order in and collected the next day. It has only been available since July 2013 for prescription.
I've been using molludab almost two weeks. All the molluscum warts have burst leaving a red acne type scar, that I think will totally heal in time. My eldest says it burns when administering it and I have to blow on each one until its dry. It burns for about 30 seconds. He doesn't like doing it, twice daily, but he is conscious of them and wants them gone. Most nights I have to persuade him. Its better after a bath as the skin is soft. You only need the smallest amount and it seems to scab the top and then the plug of wart dries and falls off or sometime you can rub the top off in a tissue. Make sure you get the white core/lump as this is the contagious bit.
You are supposed to dab each wart until it appears angry then just wait for it to heel. I takes 4-6 applications, before it becomes angry. Then leave it.
After 10 days, I'm now treating four with the molludab and just creaming the others with Thuja 30 cream. I bought it from www.homeopath.it
I do think others are still coming but not as many and not as big.
I also buy vitamins to build their immune system. My sons are not sickly children but it does say on the net that children with low immune systems are more likely to pick up this skin virus. So just to boost there immune system. They've been on them three months.

I have kept a photo diary from January since using the homeopathic and molludab. I'm not sure how to share pictures or even if I can on here. but I think its worth seeing the changes. My doctor has also asked me to update him as he never heard of molludab and would prescribe to others if it worked. Which I will do.
If I can help anyone, just message me. I can only go through what I have done, tried and tested as their is not a lot of help out there!!
I also don't understand if molluscum is so contagious why don't the doctors help more to reduce infection!

I also believe homeopathy is worth a try. This is my first time in homeopathic medicine. It may work better for some than others. I do think it takes time but some people it has worked in days.
I've also read that if a child gets chicken pox when it clears and has molloscum the warts usually disappear. Its possibly because its a virus and the body has built its own immunity. My boys have not had chicken pox yet. But its on the rounds in our area.

I will update on this site in a couple of weeks as the results should be clearer and hopefully my sons skin will be a normal colour again without pits and red acne type scars.

Hope this helps
Nicky

Theonlyoneiknow Fri 28-Mar-14 21:38:44

Great post, thanks Nicky.

I also had success with thuja but was able to get it free via the GP as he is also qualified in homeopathy.

When DS had them I give him thuja morning and night and put drops of lemon myrtle oil in his bath, I also mixed up 10 drops of same oil with 100ml of olive oil and dabbed it on every spot. When they got angry I smeared Manuka honey ointment on them. They went about 6-8 weeks after but have left small scars.

DD now has them, although not as many. The same procedure isn't as effective with her. Unfortunately she picked one of her face which has bled and left an awful red mark. Does anyone know if this will eventually go away or should I see the nurse for some antibiotic cream?

Thanks

Theonlyoneiknow Sun 06-Apr-14 23:17:51

Bump, just wondering how people had got on with any mollescum scarring?

greham90 Tue 06-May-14 14:26:40

Hi all, just like to add our experience, it may help some of you. my little girl had dozens of these spread all over her body, mostly around her chin, cheeks, neck and chest, they were really irritating her, maybe because she was irritating them all the time, but there were so many it was impossible to keep her away from them. like a lot of you, our doc told us to leave them, but they kept spreading and spreading and were always getting infected. eventually we got referred to a dermatology specialist, straight away he decided they were too nasty and too many of them to leave, so he froze them off, but not in the typical manner of spraying them, he used a cotton bud that he dabbed into the hydrogen peroxide and dabbed each molluscum and was of no discomfort to our LO, its been about 5 weeks now, and they did look bad for about a week, and there was a scar where each one fell, but the scars are healing and looking like normal skin more and more each day.. so for any of you worried about scarring, i think they would scar worse if untreated. we did try many other ''remedies'' but to no avail, we were worried about getting them froze because of all the talk online about scarring, but turned out it was the best decision and wish we did it months ago.

Sukebind Tue 06-May-14 17:49:11

Hi everyone. Just to update you... Finally my elder dds spots have all gone. It took over two years and I think it was really just a mixture of time and popping them when she was asleep. The younger one has been clear for a good few months now. Good luck to everyone - I hope you all manage to beat them soon!

Theonlyoneiknow Wed 07-May-14 20:12:22

Well, over here we have had the two biggest ones erupt (and they were huge in my eyes!) however the one which got infected on her face is still a big red spot, was given fucidin which didn't make a difference, GP has now prescribed a 1% steroid cream.

samjabbott Thu 22-May-14 11:46:04

I don’t normally write on forums but I spent ages reading through everyone else’s experiences about MC that I felt I had to advise what we did – SUCCESSFULLY!
Our daughter started with two spots behind her knee in September last year, we left them as thought they were skin tags or something but then a few more appeared. We googled it and found it was MC and read not to touch, pick etc as they’ll go on their own accord. Long story short, she ended up with approx. 30 and with her starting school this year, didn’t want her being conscious. As it was whenever we went swimming she’s say “look at my spots” which isn’t great - we know what they are but not everyone does! I then noticed my son had one behind his knee. I took her to the docs just to see if they would do anything but they said again, to leave and advised using E45 cream which does absolutely nothing by the way!
Anyway about 4 weeks ago I was on here and tried the tea tree oil as a few said that worked. It didn’t really do anything for us, just made her skin dry. Then after someone said they picked them a few at a time, we decided to pick 4 of them to see how they cleared up. Obviously it hurt her and they bled a lot but the white lump inside was gone leaving the skin to heal as normal and she forgot about it all after a biscuit!
A week later I decided to get them all – there was no way she would let us get a few at a time so thought to just get it done. Gave her a bath to soften the skin a bit and then used a flannel to rub them a bit hoping that would be enough but she said it was hurting. I scratched a couple off in the bath but because she had so many I couldn’t see which one’s I’d already got so had to get her out. She was crying pretty hysterically and I felt the worst mother in the world.
At first I thought I’d made a right mess of her leg and she’d scar as it was red and she had little red dots where the spots had been but we put on a load of Savlon on and a plaster. We went and got her a magazine and some treats for being brave and all was forgotten.
We took the plaster off the next day and over the last two weeks we have alternated between Savlon and E45 cream – the Savlon heals things so quickly but can dry the skin out so we used E45. This can sting though so we made sure we only put that on when the skin wasn’t broken.
With the weather being nice and her able to get a bit of air and sunshine to her legs, they have completely gone. She had one left just below her bottom but we got that the other day without any drama. Remember to wash your hands if you do pick them!
In hindsight I wish we had picked the two when they first appeared as they were small and wouldn’t have been too painful to remove. When we picked them all off, some of them were so big and often two were next to eachother it was a lot of skin to pierce, hence was painful to our daughter. I did feel awful but I stand by the fact we’ve done the right thing – we go on holiday in June and now she won’t get stared at because she’s got these weird spots on the back of her leg.
Hope this helps!

SquirrelledAway Mon 26-May-14 11:52:33

My DS had thus a couple of years ago, just a few on his back that came up huge and just sat there for weeks. I soaked little cotton wool balls in organic cider vinegar, taped them onto the lump with micro pore tape and left for 24 hours. That seemed to bring them to a head and gentle pressure with cotton wool got rid of the core. I then dabbed on antiseptic cream and covered with a plaster for a couple of days. It took about 4 weeks to zap them all (just did one or two at a time with a few days inbetween, he probably only had a dozen or so), they didn't scar and didn't reoccur.

Theonlyoneiknow Sun 10-Aug-14 18:17:50

Has anyones DC had mollescum twice? Ds gave it to Dd. His eventually went about 18months ago. She still has it. To my.horror I have spotted what looks like two tiny mollescum on his face :-(

For some reason I didn't think you could get it twice but looks like I am wrong. Arghhhhhhhbh

lisalocket2003 Thu 04-Sep-14 22:19:09

My 6 year old son first developed a few spots about 14 weeks ago and now has over 100 over his torso, genitals and neckline. There are over 100 and seem to be spreading at a very fast pace! The docs have said to leave them however at the rate they are spreading he will be covered by Christmas! After many many hours of Internet research I have just covered each spot in Bazooka verruca gel as it contains saliysilic acid which quite a few places have said is effective. There is no chance my boy will let me squeeze them so hopefully this will work! I will let you know in 7 days as there are so many differing opinions, you don't know what to do for the best. FINGERS CROSSED and wish us luck!

taxi4ballet Fri 05-Sep-14 13:15:29

My dd got this when she was about 4, and we were told it would be quite a long time before it cleared up. She had always enjoyed swimming, and wanted to go but GP said no, as it is contagious and she would have to wait until it cleared up.

After about a year and a half, she was desperate to go the pool, and as luck would have it I managed to get a swimsuit which covered up all the 'active' spots and took her anyway, hoping that nobody would notice.

Like a miracle, the spots started to disappear about a week later and were completely gone in a fortnight.

I swear it was the chlorine in the water...

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