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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.

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