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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

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??

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


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
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

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