Kids with molluscum contagiousum

Kimberly - posted on 01/24/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hello, anyone out there have experience treating these? My kids just have a few, but I want them gone. Pediatrician says "no real cure" let them run their course. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

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Kimberley - posted on 01/25/2009

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Hi! I have been a physician assistant in dermatology for 7 years and treat molluscum all the time. First of all, it is called molluscum contagiosum for a reason, it's CONTAGIOUS!! It is caused by a virus in the skin and is harmless, therefore many pediatricians recommend no treatment. However, I have seen many kids whose doc recommends no treatment only to end up in my office with them everywhere, at which time they can be a challenge to treat. I would definately recommend treatment, sooner rather than later, especially if you have other kids or your child goes to daycare. Adults normally don't get them as we've likely developed immunity from exposure when we were younger. You can treat them at home by removing the central "core". You can do this by knicking the center and squeezing or using the bent end of a bobby pin and "scraping'. This is uncomfortable, however. If you go to a dermatologist, they will likely use a chemical called cantharidin. It is painless to apply to the spots and causes a blister which crusts and the molluscum go away. The bactorban will do nothing for these, other than to keep them from getting infected with bacteria after you scrape them. It's not necessary to put bactroban in your nose either, this is not a bacterial infection and you are not a "carrier" which is why we'd use bactroban in the nose. Hope this helps!

Rhonda - posted on 01/25/2009

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Tea Tree Oil!!!  You get it at GNC or other health stores - trust me - it works great!  You have to be diligent and apply the oil twice a day using a Q tip.  You will start to see the bumps disappear in a few weeks.  They do go away on their own eventually, but it may take 6months to a year.  Both my boys had it.  One went away after about 8 months.  The other was so bad I felt I had to do something to intervene.  We tried freezing in the doctor's office and that didn't work - don't waste your money.  The tea tree oil is very inexpensive, harmless, and effective.  Good Luck!  Warning - don't squeeze them - that is how they spread.

Joanne - posted on 01/25/2009

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we squeezed and then covered it up my daughter she caught then off a friend , when the white centre appeared we got rid of it and after 6 weeks they all ended up drying up without any creams etc .

Angela - posted on 01/25/2009

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My daughter had quite severe case when she was younger. When they core up and look a bit like an ant bite you have to core them. Use clean large gauge sewing needle to slide across to puncture then extract core. Dip in alcohol between each one. apply bactroban to each one...it has a drawing out effect. No other topical works the same. Apply spot bandages over each one separate. Keep applying bactroban for several days with bandages. Warm bath soaks with soap wash prior to bactroban and bandaging. After several days no bandages and they should dry up fast and not reoccur. Just keep after them new ones may show up over several months. Keep after them and in time they will all be gone.

Anne - posted on 01/25/2009

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Both of my daughters have had this and are seeing a dermatologist. They have gone through 4 rounds of Candida injections (yeast). It is intended to stimulate the child's immune system to fight the virus. My older girl had it first and took about 8 months to get rid of (and she had over a hundred spots). We had started freezing the bumps and using a prescription cream called Aldara when one day she got this weird rash and the bumps all "exploded", crusted over and went away. They said it was the immune reaction finally kicking in. My younger daughter is on the 4th round of injections and we are hoping for the immune response so that we don't have to do freezing on her (she is only 16 months). Good luck! It is very frustrating and it always killed me to see those ugly bumps on my cute little kids skin.

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Oh yes! We had a horrible case of this and we got rid of it by taking garlic capsules! It was the only thing that worked. if your child is old enough to swallow them I highly recommend it!

Sharon - posted on 01/25/2009

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Also you and your husband need to put swave some in your nose and anyone else who does not have it yet.

Kimberly - posted on 01/25/2009

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Thanks everyone for replys. I did buy some ointment online called Silver Cure. It stated you were supposed to remove the core or the white head and then apply the med. My daughter has about 10 just below her right buttock but none have the little white core. They're all just fleshy appearing. According to MD, they are contagious. They got them this summer from a cousin...you know swimming in the pool, wrestling, etc. I have bactroban on hand, I will give it a try. We're on our 3rd week of silver cure and I'm not seeing a difference. My son has them in his armpit and a couple down the inside of his arm. I will let you know if the bactroban makes a diff. Thanks again.

Sharon - posted on 01/24/2009

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My son had it and it will spread. You need to get a prescription called bactroban and apply it to the area. Also, this will hurt the child but you need to extract the puss out then apply the med. Do not let your children share towels, wash clothes with each other and may need to wash sheets often. Hope this helps!

Anna - posted on 01/24/2009

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My son had them in his groin area. They aren't contagious, and they went away on their own. Just make sure they don't get irritated and keep an eye on them. They will run their course.

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