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Molluscum contagiosum - I am freaking out!!!

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  • Posted By: mkanonymous
  • January 10, 2007
  • 08:34 PM

I am a 40-something female and two small bumps on my genitals were recently excised and came back positive for Molluscum contagiosum. I have never heard of this before. I went to the doctor because I thought it was herpes. She didn't seem too worried about it. I have been looking online about it and realize that this strange bump that has recently developed near my eyelashes looks very like the same thing. I get bumps from time to time which unfortunately I tend to pick at but I always thought they were pimples. I tried to get a referral to a dermatologist but the soonest I can get in with anyone in my area is three months from now. What should I do? Should I go to my internist? Should I be worried at all? How easily can other people catch it? I am beside myself over this!

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  • Hi, the first thing you need to do is relax. I know exactly how you feel, I have had this for several months. I would avoid touching your eyes without washing your hands first, this is very contagious. If it is one on your eye definitaly see an opthamologist as soon as possible. I'm not sure what they will do, but I have heard of some sort of pulse dye laser that costs an unbelievable amount of money. I also know the feeling of having to wait a long time to get into the derm., but unfortunately all they will tell you is that it is harmless and will eventually go away, not comforting. I had mine froze and those bumps went away with a little post inflammatory pigmentation, but I have many more that have come after that. There are also othe choices the derm will give you. During the next 3 months just don't scratch the bumps or touch them. Keep them covered, I cover mine with duct tape because I'm am so afraid that I will spread them. It is unlikely that an adult will get these from you unless it is sexual. Children on the other hand are very susceptable. Most of all don't worry because you want to build your immune system up and stress will break it down. Who knows maybe in 3 months they will be gone, I have read about it happening. Hope this helps!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 03:59 AM
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  • My daughter who was 5 at the time contracted this from gymnastics. The dermatologist gave her a very strong topical cream and it advised us to just dab the tiniest bit on. She also said that adults cannot contract it but apparently that is not true and it could take up to two years to go away. My daughters molluscum cleared up in two weeks and never returned. The derm she saw was at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in NC.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 06:03 PM
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  • Thanks for sharing your story, any little bit helps. Thats great that it went away on your daughter so quickly. Was the cream aldara? I just started aldara last night, in addition to duct tape that I have been doing for 12 days. My son is 5 years old right now and I have been so afraid that he will get this, I would just feel awful. He has some bumps, (he does have dry skin and a touch of excema) but I can't tell what they are so I made an appointment with his doc for tomorrow, better to catch things right away.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 12, 2007
    • 00:38 AM
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  • Hello, everyone there, i'm new in this post, but i have the same problem as many of you... STUPID MOLLUSCUM!:eek: I got it from having sex with a cuban girl in cuba. I didn't have any symptoms, until one day i saw two medium size bumps in the right part of my pelvis, i had them burned, in thirtenn days, i had another one, had it burn, then, like magic, in thirteen days i had a new one, not burned yet, and i realized a new one at the side of my right testicle, in the pelvic area also. I have some questions, i hope anyone can help me with this, since i had my first two bumps it's a month now, i have had only 5 so far, do you think this is a mild case?, if i do the autoinoculation thing, i have to wait for two months again to see if i have a new outbreak?, i have read a lot, so if anyone needs help, i will be glad to answer some questions and to share experience with anyone. Thanx, and remember to keep an strong immune system and to have a positive state of mind.:)
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  • I am pregnant and was diagnosed with Molluscum contagiosum. My obgyn made no big deal of it, and she didn't even tell me it was an STD! Now I'm freaking out too. She reccommended me to take fish oil to help boost my immune system, so I took it, and within a week, the bumps disappeared. I'm still worried the bumps will come back and that I will somehow pass it on to my baby. I don't know what to make of it, but I do know that somehow the fish oil caplets helped, so anyone who wants to get rid of it naturally can try the fish oil and see if it works for them.
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  • Unregistered, hey, don't worry so much, first of all, it is not an std perse, it can be contracted sexually, but it can be contracted in so many ways... My experience is this: i did that in Cuba, and I had 4 bumps during 2 months, the doc burned them all, and then i stoped the drinking and the smoking and started with a healthy life, no girls, lots of fruit with high C vitamin, lots of water and excersice, the best you can do against this is to keep an strong immune system, try that oil and try to stay as healthy as you can, the bumps and the mcv will go away on its own and your baby it is not going to contract it, the virus lives in the skin, not in your body, so don't worry be patient and go to the doctor and follow all the precise indications so you can be healthy and your baby also, best wishes!! P.S I did what I wrote and I have been 4 months without any, don't touch them, don't do anything to them, get them burned and stay healthy, is the best way to fight this innofensive but unconfortable virus.
    mcvsucks 13 Replies
    • August 10, 2007
    • 04:42 AM
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  • I also recently found out i was pregnant and then all of a sudden i had these bumps. I went to planned parenthood and the doctor there seemed like it was no big deal at all and said they would go away. I did some of my own research on it and i am so worried that it will affect my baby. some of the articles i have read say that it isnt very likely that it will affect the baby at all while others say that there is a high chance it will. so, i dont know what to do? any advice or anyone that knows more than i do??
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  • I noticed my first one over a year ago. I went and got several treatments to get them burned off. The doctors really dont seem to know to much about them. I am now 8 months pregnant and still have them. I have so many more than I started off with, (my doctor said that because I am pregnant my immune system has a hard time fighting them off.) The burning has only fully taken away a couple. The rest of them are still there only the white part went away(aparently thats the part thats infectious.) I hadn't given much thought to the possibility of spreding it to my child...but now I am very worried...I am so very frustraited...I know it could be worse...but these are very embarrassing and doent want them at the time I give birth
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 10, 2009
    • 11:17 PM
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  • well here i amI GOT THIS LAME **s ****!!HAD IT FOR LIKE 7 MONTHS NOW!!..noticed a bump 1 day but didn't think too much of it and 7 month's later i have like LITTERALLY 100 small ones all over my penis!! you just dont understand how paranoid i was when it hit me that i had something!!cant have sex anymore with this LAME **** all over my penis...(i mean i cant let a girl find out about this!)..so back to the masturbation i went...and i learned something from thiswhen i 1st noticed that i had these BUMPS FROM ***l i noticed that there was no activity(in spreading that is)...but i noticed when i started masturbating more i noticed that this **** started spreading more....and that explains why people have this **** for years on end!!getting this **** will make you not want to have sex which will turn you over to masturbating occasionally...but doing so will only spread this *****t of a virus more because when you masturbate somehow the bumps break which releases the fluid spreading to different areasi heard someone got completely curred from this by taking fish oil caplet's...so i guess im gonna try those outP.S i might have spelled alot wron and all but i dont care i have bigger thing's to worry about like GETTING RID OF MOLLUSCUM
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  • I just realised a couple days ago I had molluscum.I'm working in a foreign country in the summer heat and I thought the 20 or so bumps in the groin area were linked to high temperatures. But when one popped by accident and started bleeding I started to look into it.The first advice I found on the net was to pop them carefully and wash your hands all the time, but now I realise this can help spread it even worse. It's been two days since I popped them all so I'll have to wait at least a month to see if any more pop up. I use disinfectant after every shower, although I'm not sure if it has any effect apart from psychological.I can't say I'm angry about it, but more than a little peeved when it meant I couldn't sleep with the cute girl I had picked up. I didn't contract molluscum sexually, it was more probably from the dodgy linen and quilts I've been sleeping in since arriving here. Or who knows? Apparently it can be caught quite randomly.I've warned my room mate who's taking it quite well. I told him this meant I'm taking a bit of me-time, and he replied that he's been having some me-time for quite a while now anyway. It helps to have such a chilled out and positive environment.So now I'm just going to be careful to not spread to other parts of my body, the fish oil tablets seem like a good idea if I can find some where I am, and hope my body can fight it off quickly!
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  • Wow.. this is obviously what my boyfriend has.. He has some indented bumps (3 or 4) about his groin area.. and now is getting some strange spots on his trunk. (Ive just read this issue can affect groin area, trunk and face). I'd not worried about his spots but recently thought they may of spread so have started to keep an eye on it... I think he's going to be shocked when i tell him he has a skin virus.
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  • Hi there, im really worried.....ok...after four months, i found out i had these lil pinky dots on my pubic area and didn't know what they were so i went to a doctor and she told me it was molluscum contagiosum..and i made another appointment...cuz she told me i need treatment for HPV next week. Im so nervous...What do you guys think they will do for me??
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 8, 2010
    • 00:52 AM
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  • I noticed my first one over a year ago. I went and got several treatments to get them burned off. The doctors really dont seem to know to much about them. I am now 8 months pregnant and still have them. I have so many more than I started off with, (my doctor said that because I am pregnant my immune system has a hard time fighting them off.) The burning has only fully taken away a couple. The rest of them are still there only the white part went away(aparently thats the part thats infectious.) I hadn't given much thought to the possibility of spreding it to my child...but now I am very worried...I am so very frustraited...I know it could be worse...but these are very embarrassing and doent want them at the time I give birthi am in the same boat as you...when i first noticed the mollescum it was only a couple bumps around my bikini line and the sensitive area underneat my butt cheeks where razor burn/bumps sometimes occur on me, so thats what i thought it was especially because it felt a little itchy and irritated like razor burn. at the time i didnt know i was pregnant and found out a couple weeks later. while i was getting my pap the dr asked me if i thought the bumps were razor burn or did they seem different to me...well?? i dont know so she popped one open and put silver nitrate on it which burned and it ended up going away but after that i got more and more and more. she confirmed at my next apt that it was mollescum and said she would do a treatment every week until it went away saying that it usually runs its coarse in a couple mos. the treatments were painful and only seemed to get rid of the current ones and prvoke more to come because of irritation. since then ive switched drs and my new dr said it will probably go away shortly after the baby comes. im now 31 weeks and so frusterated with it i cant have sex or anything theres probably 30 or so bumps that dont seem to spread or really go away. i ordered zymaderm and have gone through 3 25 dollar bottles which only seems to keep it under control, not treat it. i hate it this is the worst thing that i have ever had to deal with its DISGUSTING i wish there was more i could do idk girl. im now trying raw vinegar and black cherry concentrate (2 tbs orally) but this is the first day so who knows. pretty soon im going to freak out and cut them all off screw the scars lol
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 3, 2011
    • 01:07 AM
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  • I am pregnant and was diagnosed with Molluscum contagiosum. My obgyn made no big deal of it, and she didn't even tell me it was an STD! Now I'm freaking out too. She reccommended me to take fish oil to help boost my immune system, so I took it, and within a week, the bumps disappeared. I'm still worried the bumps will come back and that I will somehow pass it on to my baby. I don't know what to make of it, but I do know that somehow the fish oil caplets helped, so anyone who wants to get rid of it naturally can try the fish oil and see if it works for them.This is for anyone who has dealt with this during pregnancy, I was diagnosed with molluscum 2 weeks ago. Have been fighting them as tough as I can...aldara, no drinking/smoking, healthy eating, everything. My gf is pregnant and we have had sex once since I might have been infected. Not exactly sure how I got them, but I did spend a few days in the nastiest hotel I have been in my life with some pretty nasty friends so I'm sure I shared one of their towels or bed sheets.Anyway, I'm Ok with the treatment and lack of sex. My only concern is that my gf is now infected. She knows what I have, but doesn't seem to make much of it. I know that the chances of my baby being infected are very slim but I just want to hear what others in a similar situation have to say about this. My gf has 4 months left in the pregnancy which I hope is long enough for her to get over it. Any advice, or even story for that matter would help.
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  • Why is everybody so worried!!! Ive had molluscum 3 months on my upper genital area and its practically on its way out! Just leave it. It sorts itself out... like any spot or cut, if u agitate it, it will stick around and not heal and look a mess! Ive not changed my life in any way, shape or form. I use towels for a week, bedding for a week, i am completely unbothered about washing my hands every time i brush my hand past a 'lesion' (pathetic name for a barely visible spot), and it most certainly has not got in the way of my sex life! And it has also not spread to any other part of my body! Skins far too productive and healthy elsewhere on most peoples bodies to take in any virus!What doctors fail to tell u is that most people are immune to it anyway. I have slept with 4 women whilst apparently contagious, and all are perfectly fine! If your gonna get it, ur gonna get it anyway! Just like doctors know jack about the wart virus on ur hands, they know jack about this. U can rub a persons verruca or wart all day n not get it... though they are also apparently contagious. If uve got molluscum, ur just one of the unlucky few who was gonna develop it at some stage anyway! Live with it... beats having AIDs! N ya never know, if u stop all ur worrying and depression, u may well boost those lousy immune systems!
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  • I posted previously on this thread and thought I'd update my previous post since the thread has come back up. It did turn out that my boyfriend had this and I found out it usually goes away on its own as long as one has a good immune system.. so we waited and waited for it to go. In my boyfriends case thou after many many months (5-9mths) He still had it thou. One spot I think did go itself but another came up near to it. During all that time we didnt cover it and it didnt spread to me, thou I often sit during sex on the skin area on his abdomen where it is. (So obviously it isnt always very contagious to everyone.. Ive got chronic illness and still didnt catch this from him). We read of others experiences of getting rid of it by removing the core area of it.. so my boyfriend started asking me to do that.. when I refused.. he actually cut it out with a pair of sissors (I dont recommend that.. he's into pain). That one thou then went so when he then asked me again if I'd try to take one out with needle and pull it out I decided I would try (anything to stop him using sissors on himself again!! He's a guy who refuses to go to a doctor). So I opened up the top of the other 2 or 3 with a needle (just break the skin where it is) and once open.. the core part bursts up out of the skin (like a cauliflower or something). This core then which presents itself.. you can grab it with tweezers and it will actually easily just pull out as its like separate from the surrounding area except attached at the bottom, (leaving quite a hole in the skin where it was). This did bleed a little bit (needed a bandaide) esp his biggest one. (You do not need to use sissors!! just a needle and some tweezers will easily remove it). Then with cotton bud I swabbed the area and inside the deep hole with essential oil (I think its a bit harsh undiluted but he got me to use teatree oil.. Lavender oil would probably do the same thing but be less harsh on your skin). This treatment worked very well.. with them all healing up hardly leaving a mark at all where they were, except just one which did come back. That one I redid and its now gone. He hasnt got them back since and its been about 4-5 months since we removed them, so it looks like he's now completely clear of them. This all was very simple to treat in that way and in our case it didnt spread them at all (maybe cause we used the essential oil which would of killed anything). I dont recommend trying it thou if they are in a delicate area.
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  • This all was very simple to treat in that way and in our case it didnt spread them at all (maybe cause we used the essential oil which would of killed anything). I dont recommend trying it thou if they are in a delicate area.Hi taniaaust1, was wondering if the essential oil you was referring to is Tea tree oil? and if anyoneknows why not to use it in a delicate area? (i.e groin)
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  • Hi taniaaust1, was wondering if the essential oil you was referring to is Tea tree oil? and if anyoneknows why not to use it in a delicate area? (i.e groin) Tea tree can like burn and give one a rash if used undiluted (thou many, my partner included do use it undiluted fine) or in an extremely sensitive area. Yes we used tea tree oil which he wanted me to use undiluted so I did, to get rid of it.
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