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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

thehairybabysmum Mon 08-Apr-13 17:45:55

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! :-)

thehairybabysmum Tue 09-Apr-13 20:03:17

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.

thehairybabysmum Tue 09-Apr-13 20:04:19

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.

thehairybabysmum Sun 14-Apr-13 20:04:54

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

Madamecastafiore Sun 14-Apr-13 20:06:25

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!!

thehairybabysmum Sun 14-Apr-13 20:25:31

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

thehairybabysmum Sun 14-Apr-13 20:27:11

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.

Madamecastafiore Sun 14-Apr-13 21:18:00

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!

thehairybabysmum Mon 15-Apr-13 14:24:36

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!!

thehairybabysmum Mon 15-Apr-13 20:34:10


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?

thehairybabysmum Wed 17-Apr-13 07:38:28

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)

thehairybabysmum Thu 18-Apr-13 20:58:35

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!

thehairybabysmum Fri 19-Apr-13 20:38:18

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!

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