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molluscum or eczema?

(9 Posts)
StillFrankie Mon 03-Aug-15 17:16:43

My DD has had spots on her torso and arm for about 6 months now. They look like little yellow heads. I've taken her to the GP twice who said its just a virus and it'll go away on its own. I tried to google the spots and it looked like molluscum contagion. On the advice of the internet I have tried applying tea tree oil over the past week.

Today the spots are all over her torso and arms, there are more of them but they now look like red patches as opposed to spots. On her left elbow is a big red dry angry looking patch. DH thinks she actually has eczema.

What do you guys think? She has been complaining for the past few weeks about how itchy it is and crying with the itchiness. I am going to take her back to the GP tomorrow because I'm not happy with it at all.

Imperial Mon 03-Aug-15 17:20:51

I finally cleared a massive molluscum outbreak on DS with twice daily applications of a silver spray I bought from Amazon. It took about 6 weeks but has meant people stop asking if he has chicken pox every time he takes his top off.

StillFrankie Mon 03-Aug-15 17:21:36

FFS they are all over her legs now too! I'm just in from work and DH is telling me about the spots suddenly spreading sad

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Mon 03-Aug-15 17:29:14

Molloscum doesn't sprad particularly quickly I don't think.

If you are using tea tree oil on her skin, are you certain that is not causing the dry irritated skin as it is very strong?

ashtrayheart Mon 03-Aug-15 17:31:51

Dd has molluscum all over one leg. But it looks like eczema in between confusedif anyone knows the answer I would be grateful too.

StillFrankie Mon 03-Aug-15 17:45:31

the redness/spots are in places I didn't apply the oil to

StillFrankie Mon 03-Aug-15 17:46:05

I mean I didn't apply any tea tree to her legs and the spots/redness are there

gordonpym Mon 03-Aug-15 21:44:56

It could be both. Children with eczema are more prone to Molluscum, because the virus enters through the cracks of the skin.

thatsshallot Tue 04-Aug-15 09:15:13

Dd's eczema was much worse with her molluscum and often the whole lot got infected and she'd end up needing antibiotics. Watch out especially for knee and elbow joints

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