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Molluscum - any new ideas?!!(20 Posts)
Has anyone found a miracle cure since the last threads were written?
My daughter (about to turn 3) has had it over a year. There's now about 40 bubbles over her body - down her legs, her arms (& now hands), her privates and the majority on her neck.
It's very visible. Parents keep thinking she has chicken pox and I worry if it spreads to her face they'll not want their kids playing with her (as obviously I can't say it isn't contagious!).
Been to the doctors about 5 times with it. Been prescribed Molludab twice ('more to treat the parent than cure the child' supposedly) but it only made a few spots red and inflamed and they still haven't cleared up six weeks on.
Now my one yr old son has caught it and has about a dozen spots on his back and neck already.
Would really appreciate any thoughts and advice. Have doctors prescribed anything else to anyone?
In a similar situation and having tried everything else, I took DS to a holistic practitioner. It may have been co-incidence but his molluscum did clear up shortly after our second visit. If your desperate it might be worth trying.
presume you've tried tea tree oil - really regularly and I mean really religiously regularly.
My daughter had it for about a year, I don't know if it went on it's own in the end or whether it's because I took a bit more action. I started scratching the small to middle ones of with my nail. (With permission from DD, 5) It was advised on embarrassing bodies website, you just have to make sure that you use a a sterile wipe to clean afterwards. I would take a couple off every night (unless DD didn't want me to, I mostly persuaded her) After a few weeks of doing this they stopped coming back. I read somewhere that it causes the immune response to kick in more readily.
I noticed on DS (2) last week that he had one, and I highly doubt he will let me scratch it off with my nail though.
Sorry, not its not much more help.
I feel your pain. DS had it so badly for over a year that I didn't think he'd be able to go top free over the summer. Had tried all the usual remedies with no joy but then used silver spray morning and night for maybe 3 months. Has now been molluscum free for over 6 months.
It'll go away by itself.
As far as I know nothing actually works to cure it - it took DD about 3/years for.her last.one to clear up.
It flared up very badly and then like a miracle cleared up.
I was wondering just this morning whether anyone has discovered a miracle cure since I last looked. DD doesn't have many (approx 10) but has had them for about 18 months. They periodically go red, scab over and disappear but the total number never get smaller.
She now has a verucca and I'm wondering whether the two things are related.
I was recommended to see a particular homeopath (yes I know its not supposed to work and im DONE with the controversy. Im not forcing anybody and i do not shun conventional medicine)
ANyway, a friend told me that her dd had molloscum, and nothing the doctors gave had done anything, so she had been to this homeopath and got a treatment and the molloscum had gone within 24 hours.
I went to the same homeopath when my ds1 got molloscum and she took a thorough indepth history and prescribed something, which didnt work, but the price included finding a treatment, so I went back a few days later, and we tried something else. Within 2 days, it cleared up completely.
I told another friend whose daughter had LOADS of them, and she went with an open mind and the treatment given cleared her dds molloscum up within a couple of days.
The normal homeopathic treatment for warts and molloscum is thuja 30c, but It didnt work for ds, but I think he had nat-mur and that was what got rid of them for him.
My DS had this for well over a year. I ignored it at first but it got more and more prominent. They were mainly on his trunk on his right side, but they then spread to his right arm and that's when they were very visible. He had some big ones too. We were about to move to the southern US and I knew he would be living in t-shirts and it would be so much harder to hide it with long sleeves as it would simply be too hot.
My BIL who is a GP advised me to pick them off one by one - you have to squeeze really quite hard and you have to make sure the little white pearl comes out. I did it with a tissue/loo roll rather than just my naked fingers and you do need a bit of a nail on you to be able to really get them off. I put tiny wee plasters on the bigger ones once they were off as they did bleed a little bit. (the little ones didn't need plasters) The bigger ones were very sore for him to get off, but the little ones he hardly noticed. Some of the biggest ones were hard to get off too and I really had to squeeze very hard to get them. I knew it was painful for him, but after the first few he was happy to carry on - he was 8 and really quite embarrassed by them and he was worried about making new friends.
We started off with just a couple a night but then did more and more and we had them all off in about 2 weeks - that was 2 years ago and he has never had one since. It was painful at the time, but definitely worth it. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again and I can say for sure (because he's told me) that DS would agree.
My DS had them on his tummy for over a year and they were getting bigger and spreading to his legs. Went to GP who froze them with liquid nitrogen. He said scraping/pricking would Also work but hurt more. He just did a few - said this would cause an immune reaction which would get rid of the rest. DS had so many that we had to go back about 3 times for more freezing over the next few months, but finally got there, and now they're completely gone. DS found it pretty uncomfortable, but definitely worth it!
My dd had steroid cream prescribed. They went away after about 2 weeks.
My DD developed large ones over her face, just as she was about to start secondary school. The spread to her legs and neck. I burst one of them and within three months they had all cleared up. She has a minuscule scar on her neck where I popped it out but the rest have gone now.
We had been to the Drs 8/9 times, prescribed various lotions and are still waiting for a referral appointment from the dermatologists.
They are bastards (the molluscum, not the medical people)!
Thank you all so much for your thoughts and advice on this. Amazing, considering how common it is, that there isn't one piece of advice that the doctors can offer! I don't think they realise how stressful it is, when you realise other mums are worried about their children playing with yours.
anyway - I'm not sure I'll be able to pick them off as daughter was already reluctant for me even to put the Molludab on (a lot of choc buttons came into play!).
I haven't actually tried the tea tree oil and haven't been able to find the silver spray. Will try both of those and then the homeopathic route.
They have already got to the jawline and the pressure is on to find a cure quick!!
thank you again
The best thing to do with molluscum is to leave it alone. The treatments are frankly worse than the problem unless you have ezcema complications. (dd had horrific ezcema so it was more than cosmetic problem.)
I found it helped to put a small fabric plaster strip over the spots to stop dd from scratching them and spreading the infection. Covering the spots does not cure the molluscum but stops children touching the spots. We also had special bath wash prescribed by the GP to act as a mild antiseptic (to treat the ezcema not the molluscum).
I used to put diprobase on her to calm the ezcema and careful use of steriods when it got really bad. The problem with steriods is that that they make the surrounding skin more vunerable to infection. We used the steriod to calm really bad flare ups and then applied diprobase in generous quanities 3 times a day to reduce the pain of the ezcema.
Another vote for seeing a homeopath here.
I'm not normally into alternative medicine but it was recommended by a friend for toddler DS. It worked amazingly, the lumps disappeared within 3 days, no scarring and no pain.
After around 2 years with no sign of them disappearing we squeezed them very carefully, a few at a time, after a bath so DD's skin was soft. Took a few months but we got rid of them all - this was around 5 years ago now and none have come back.
Homeopathic remedy seems to have worked - I took my 5 year old to see a lovely lady in Wimbledon. She had a long chat with us for an hour and then gave him some sulphur sugar pills to take. He took them for 3 days and then we waited. This was 3 weeks ago and his skin is now so, so much better. He had them all over his shoulders and they were red, raw and itchy. They have now gone. I would recommend this to anyone in the same situation.
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