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Molluscum bloody contagiosum

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winkywinkola Sun 04-May-14 07:11:03

Ds2 has this on his neck, in the crooks of his elbows and back of knees. He picks at the little blisters, making them sore and bleed.

Is there really nothing I can do to make it better or go away? GP says there is nothing to be done.

Why has he got this?

Sisterthree Sun 27-Dec-15 09:51:39

There is plenty of good research around about molluscum. Research undertaken by Johns Hopkins University Baltimore showed that half of children who have molluscum have it one year minimum. Many have it for up to two years. Also once one child has it other members of the family are very likely to catch the molluscum virus.

All our three children got molluscum and we tried all sorts of ways of treating them (I hesitate to say "every way").

The most important I think to combat molluscum in order are:
- most importantly, getting on top of it quickly. We left our first children who caught molluscum for too long (on advice of doctors). Our other two we got on top of very quickly and limited the spread
- plus once caught, good hygiene is vital.

Things that worked for us:

apple cider vinegar
Mollenol - on OTC
clove oil - very harsh

OTCs that didnt work:

Conzerol - seemed to stunt growth
Zymaderm - not much impact
Derm Allay - worst of all.

I hope this helps others. It is a long process but stick with it. Good luck. smile

marymoocow Thu 05-Jun-14 12:16:00

On a lighter note, DS had these when he was about 8. One day at school (I work there too) his teacher came running in from the playground to tell me to stay calm but that DS had had quite a serious accident. She took me to the first aid room and whispered that he'd slipped on the rope bridge, caught his chest, and 'sliced off his nipple'shock . I walked in the room to see a fair bit of blood. I lifted up his t-shirt to discover he had burst his molluscumgrin. The look of horror on his teachers face still makes me giggle grin .

Sn0wylady Tue 03-Jun-14 22:10:03

Good luck! smile Let us know how it goes.

Tinsleytinsleymum Mon 02-Jun-14 22:33:21

Thanks everyone. Tomorrow's mission is to order some homeopathic stuff. It feels good to hear that people have had success getting rid of this thing. I'd kind of given up hope. Feeling determined now! Thank you flowers

indigo18 Sat 31-May-14 21:40:12

My son had this a long time ago; it didn't bother him but individual spots would flare up and then go. I took him to the GP who prescribed a homeopathic treatment and they disappeared very quickly. I'm sorry, as it was so long ago I have no idea what the treatment was, but a homeopathic specialist should be able to help.

Sn0wylady Sat 31-May-14 09:13:46

We used a homeopathic treatment from and it cleared my daughter's mc completely with no scarring. We had to apply it every day. I went back with my daughter to show our GP as had been advised that nothing could be done to clear it without risk of scarring. He contacted me some months later as his son had developed it. It worked for him and he called me again a few weeks ago to ask as a patient had come in with a severe rash. I remember how miserable it was for my daughter - hope you find something that helps your son.

Doshusallie Sat 31-May-14 08:55:00

I still have the bottles I'll take a photo and post here

Doshusallie Sat 31-May-14 08:54:35

elderberry extract

Doshusallie Sat 31-May-14 08:50:52

It wasn't this exact one but similar....

Tinsleytinsleymum Fri 30-May-14 23:47:21

Shootingatpigeons, your DD's case sounds horrendous. Poor thing. Hope they're all gone now.

Tinsleytinsleymum Fri 30-May-14 23:45:58

Doshussalie, please can you give me a link or anything - I would give anything to make these things go away in two weeks! Especially with summer coming up - the horrible wart things are all over my DS's legs. I'd hate for him to be self-conscious when wearing shorts. Thank you.

Shootingatpigeons Fri 30-May-14 22:00:25

The problem is that once you scratch, prick, make them bleed that is when they become most infectious and spread their viral load. My DD ended up having to have a GA because they had spread under her eyelids and were causing horrible eye problems, and it took a while and a lot of anti biotics before referral to an eye specialist identified the problem. They removed about 30 from her face. Doctors don't mess with them for a reason.

Tommorrowisthedayaftertoday Fri 30-May-14 21:28:20

I pricked and popped out all DD 's. They scabbed up a bit and then disappeared. It didn't hurt her at all.

lazypepper Fri 30-May-14 17:07:43

DS had this when he was about 6 yo. They lasted a good few months - then flared u really badly and vanished. The GP said there was nothing that could be done. He wasn't too bothered by them though.

Doshusallie Fri 30-May-14 15:00:51


Doshusallie Fri 30-May-14 15:00:28

we used an elderflower cordial drink and a sliver particle spray that I bought from an online herbal medicine shop. It went away within two weeks.

plipplops Fri 30-May-14 14:58:15

Both DDs had them, they were horrible and then one day they just disappeared. DD1 had them worst, hated us squeezing them (so stopped trying in the end), for the ones she let us near it did seem to get rid of them though.

Tinsleytinsleymum Wed 28-May-14 22:07:42

What homeopathic stuff did you use Sweetdreemz? DS has had these things for over a year now and nothing else I've tried has had any effect whatsoever.

SweetDreamz1 Sun 04-May-14 23:44:49

I used homeopathic stuff and they were gone in 2 weeks. My GP said it could take 2 years for them to go. I thought forget that and did some research.

Even I was amazed at how fast they went and so was DD grin

PacificDogwood Sun 04-May-14 08:52:04

I have no idea why it's acids for warts and alkaline stuff for MC confused

All I know we treated DS2's verrucas (dozens of them - he seems to be prone to all this kind of stuff - I blame his eczema) religiously every night (DH became quite obsessed with them) for 18 bloody months. They did not budge. Then, suddenly, they all disappeared, virtually over night hmm

Kveta Sun 04-May-14 08:42:01

yes, it's an alkaline treatment as opposed to acidic wart treatments though. not sure what difference that makes to the efficacy.

I think we need to try something though, because DS is really clawing at his all the time, and bursting them hasn't worked.

PacificDogwood Sun 04-May-14 08:30:52

Oh yes, I've heard of Molludab - it works just like wart paints in principle: it breaks down individual skin cells thereby allowing your body's immune system to 'notice' that there is a virus there and fight it. In theory treating a few lesions successfully should lead to them all melting away.
You'll have to be patient though and treat really every day.
I am also not sure how easily tolerated it is for kids with eczema who are at higher risk of catching MC.

Kveta Sun 04-May-14 08:25:07

We are about to invest in molludab because anything has to be better than DS picking CONSTANTLY at the bloody things on his torso. He is doing it again now. after 6 months of this, we are sick of the constant footling and bleeding from him scratching at them, and GP says nowt to be done.

PacificDogwood Sun 04-May-14 08:22:15


PacificDogwood Sun 04-May-14 08:21:33

It's a viral skin infection, there's nothing that can be done about it tbh. Some drs used to 'prick' the individual lesions to try and get an immune respone to trigger all of them disappearing, but it often does not work and risks infection/scarring so it't not really done any more.

They are horrible. The itch can be treated, as can infection, but the actual spots will have to resolve themselves.
Which took 2 years for DS2…. and all his brothers caught them off him. Ack.

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