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Molluscum Contagiosum + children

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  • Posted By: KJCallahan
  • March 4, 2010
  • 04:47 AM

Thank you ahead of time for all of your information about MC. My 8 year old daughter was diagnosed with it 2 weeks ago. Thinking and thinking we finally determined that she might have picked it up at the indoor water park where she went for a birthday party. While we were there she cut her foot and had to go to the Medic's office. Her bumps are on her bottom only. So who knows where she sat while changing her suit and drying off (we had our own towel I did not swim or get in the water) We are currently doing the Aldara but it has not done a thing. I got online with this fourm and have gathered lots of information. Squeezing the bumps are so hard for her as she has about twenty or so on each butt cheek. We have not had any bumps show up anywhere else and are very healthy and active. She takes a multi vitamin every day and we drink tons of water and eat loads of veggies and healthy foods. I would like to talk with other parents who have children that also have MC to know how treatment and conditions are going.

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  • Hello- my 4 y/o son was also just diagnosed with this this week. We also suspect an indoor waterpark. We visited the waterpark about 6 weeks ago, bumps appeared 3 weeks later exactly where he was covered by the life jacket provided by the waterpark. I did not notice that they took any particular care to sanitize the life jackets after the kids turned them in. I have been doing research and cannot find any related materials,but cannot think where else he could have picked this up. He has 2 really big bumps on his belly and then about 25 on his thighs and **m. I am totally distressed and worried they will spread. The dr recommended that we let it run it's course, but after researching, I am taking him back to the doctor to request meds. I have read that benzoyl peroxide 10% is an OTC remedy that works. I also read that salt water baths seem to expedite them shrinking. I don't think I buy into the "popping" technique as that would seem to increase the likelihood of them spreading. Did your pedi perscribe the Aldara? My pedi suggested a visit to the dermatologist, but based on personal experience, that is a 3 month wait for an appt- at that rate he will be covered head to toe. Sorry, I don't have much insight, but just wanted to share our story about the waterpark and let you know you are not alone.
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  • Hi,My son is 6 years old and this month he will have had MC for a year. We've been to the dermatologist many times and in the beginning he was burning them off but that was so painful for him. We were prescribed a steroid cream which didn't really work. I've tried pretty much everything, tea trea oil, alcohol, creams, lotions, soaps, everything! I came across a website for Zymaderm which I am trying right now. The MC clusters look really bad, almost like one big scab so I'm not sure if it's working or not. I read somewhere that if it scabs it means his immune system is trying to fight it. I hope that's what it means. He's got a really big cluster just above his left ankle another above his right ankle and some on both elbows and forearms. He did have some on his **m in the beginning and down his leg but those are gone. I'm certain he caught this awful thing from swimming class. The first few bumps were the ones above the ankle so I am convinced he contracted it when he was sitting outside the pool with his legs crossed. We are so fed up with this virus. We're hoping it's on its way out now. My advice is try different things. Some kids only have it for a month others I've read for two years. Hopefully your daughter's case doesn't last for too long.
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  • Thank you ahead of time for all of your information about MC. My 8 year old daughter was diagnosed with it 2 weeks ago. Thinking and thinking we finally determined that she might have picked it up at the indoor water park where she went for a birthday party. While we were there she cut her foot and had to go to the Medic's office. Her bumps are on her bottom only. So who knows where she sat while changing her suit and drying off (we had our own towel I did not swim or get in the water) We are currently doing the Aldara but it has not done a thing. I got online with this fourm and have gathered lots of information. Squeezing the bumps are so hard for her as she has about twenty or so on each butt cheek. We have not had any bumps show up anywhere else and are very healthy and active. She takes a multi vitamin every day and we drink tons of water and eat loads of veggies and healthy foods. I would like to talk with other parents who have children that also have MC to know how treatment and conditions are going.My son had them for 18 months Dr said leave them, friend said after a bath squeeze them and this apparently shocks the body into healing the spot. Within two weeks they were gone!
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  • My Daughter has them on her butt checks to. They are spreading and getting worse. I used Tea Tree oil and one actually burst and looks really ugly now. The doctor said they would go away on there own however they are not.Thank you ahead of time for all of your information about MC. My 8 year old daughter was diagnosed with it 2 weeks ago. Thinking and thinking we finally determined that she might have picked it up at the indoor water park where she went for a birthday party. While we were there she cut her foot and had to go to the Medic's office. Her bumps are on her bottom only. So who knows where she sat while changing her suit and drying off (we had our own towel I did not swim or get in the water) We are currently doing the Aldara but it has not done a thing. I got online with this fourm and have gathered lots of information. Squeezing the bumps are so hard for her as she has about twenty or so on each butt cheek. We have not had any bumps show up anywhere else and are very healthy and active. She takes a multi vitamin every day and we drink tons of water and eat loads of veggies and healthy foods. I would like to talk with other parents who have children that also have MC to know how treatment and conditions are going.
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  • My 8 year old daughter got it from a swimming pool. For six months we tried covering them with medical tape after dotting Betadine on them - helped control the spread, but they still didn't go away. Then someone mentioned that taking Flora for Kids by Metagenics helped her son's eczema and immunity. I gave regular doses to my daughter and two weeks later they were gone! That was six months ago. Not only that, her immunity to coughs and colds is so much better - she used to get sick regularly. I imagine any probiotic for children would be effective, but that was the one that worked for us.I hope you find something that works for you soon.
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  • I found this forum looking for answers, my son was just diagnosed too. I am putting two and two together now, his started right after visiting- guess what? A water park! His dr. recommended abreva, and while it is ridiculously expensive, it's working magically. His case isn't very severe, so that may be why it is working so well, but all the spots are disappearing after just a few days, and no new ones are appearing.
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    • August 10, 2010
    • 08:17 PM
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  • I found this forum looking for answers, my son was just diagnosed too. I am putting two and two together now, his started right after visiting- guess what? A water park! His dr. recommended abreva, and while it is ridiculously expensive, it's working magically. His case isn't very severe, so that may be why it is working so well, but all the spots are disappearing after just a few days, and no new ones are appearing.My daughter had it terribly a couple of years ago and we were told that it would probably disappear by itself - didn't and got worse - when the summer came around again we had had enough - she couldn't wear a bathing suit etc - went to a different doctor who prescribed a cream that is made at a lab in Cordova, TN - we were advised to try this before burning them off which can leave horrible scars - it was an ABSOLUTE miracle and they were gone, totally after about 2 weeks of using the cream three times a day - I am racking my brains to think what the cream is called, but you can contact the lab - http://www.regelpharmalab.com/ and tell them what you need and they will make it and ship it to you - it was about $25 a tube when we got it and worth EVERY penny - hope it helps you - it's such a horrible thing to have.
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    • September 4, 2010
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  • My son was diagnosed with mc 2mos. ago. It started with just two little bumps on his belly then when he got a big patch of bumps in his groin I got worried and took him to his pediatrician. She took one look and knew instantly what it was. We were then referred to a dermatologist. The derm. applied some kind of chemical to the bumps on his belly in the office but did not want to apply to his groin b/c it makes them blister and can be painful. She gave us Differin cream to apply nightly at home. They seem to be worse now that we have started treating them. They are spreading like wildfire. He now has attleast 20-30 on his torso, arms, groin, and legs. The two on his belly have blistered and come back each time. We have been to the derm 3x now and each time she puts the chemical on each and the last time we went she prescribed Aldara. Talk about sticker shock... this stuff is $300 for about 2gms. We have been using it now for about 1wk with no change. I am so frustrated. I don't want him to start feeling like a leper. I am worried this will never end and will keep spreading on him and maybe spread to his sibling. Any advise?
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    • October 10, 2010
    • 04:48 PM
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  • my 10 yr old son got molluscum on his torso in march 10,initially on advice from dr we ignored it in the hope that it would go away. now 8 mths later we are trying to tackle it head on with anything at hand. a lot of info on internet advocates the essential oil lemon mrytle .. we have been trying that for past 3 wks (applying only to wart) and then topping off with fingernail polish. This has made them look aggravated and possibly a little smaller but none have disappeared.tonight i attempted to remove the core of a couple but this just proved to be too painful for my boy. we have also now started using aldara cream so am really hoping to get some positive results given the cost of the cream. being willing to try anything i am going to research the "flora" suggested earlier.. if anyone has any other ideas ...great.
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    • October 11, 2010
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  • My 3 children battled Molluscum Contagiosum for nearly 3 years. They contracted it from friends who came to visit us. Right before their visit, their Dermatologist "treated" their spots. Some were treated with the beetle juice, some were burned off. The dermatologist did not inform them about how contagious they are after those treatments. Our guests did not tell us their kids had them and our 3 boys wrestled shirtless with their boys. Needless to say they had them all over their torso. It took us a while to figure out what it was. It was pointed out to us by another friend whose kids had them in the past. Those children were also "treated" by a doctor, but with a needle dipped in a solution. Their doctor told them to squeeze each core out. All of these treatments left discoloring scars at the sight of each spot. I initially tried apple cider vinegar as it has worked on warts on my kids in the past. It didn't work. It was difficult to stay consistent with 50+ spots on 3 young boys. Next I tried the squeezing approach. Not only was that very painful and traumatic to the kids, but it left pitted scars much like chicken pox. I tried colloidal silver. It did nothing. Finally I did some research on amino acids and how viruses respond to them. I discovered that a diet of foods high in lysine and low in arginine could be helpful. I didn't want to do supplements because their children, so I just adjusted their diet. It took a while, about 3 months in all, but we had been battling this for over 2 years prior to the diet changes. The other thing I did, was I stopped picking at them. I told the kids not to scratch them or pick at them or they would spread. They took showers, never shared towels, and I dried them off (even my 9 year old) to makes sure I didn't touch any of the spots. When the core looked like it was just about ready to come out (about 6 weeks after the bump appears) I simply put a small circle bandaid on it for a day or so to "catch" the core and keep it from spreading. The core is the contagious part and the only time its contagious is when its erupted from the skin or if the skin has been cut, burned, pricked, etc. Scratching them, treating them, squeezing them, etc. just causes clusters and spreading. Keeping them covered at all times keeps them too warm and moist and they won't "dry out". Only cover it right at the end to keep it from spreading. Also, when the core does come out, swab around it with alcohol and dab the spot with alcohol once, doing so repeatedly could cause spreading. Good luck and God bless!
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    • October 26, 2010
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  • Hi all,My 4 year old daughter has been battling MC since August, I think. She has very dry skin and often scratches her bottom in the shower, making it bleed slightly. So I don't know if she had the MC before and I didn't know it, or if the open wound allowed the MC to infect her skin. Anyway, she was diagnosed around September 2010. We were given Tazorec initially and that made things way worse. Her bottom was covered with sores and blisters. And because the MC were then open and oozing, they spread like crazy. Then we were given Differin which was supposed to be milder. It also made things worse. The dermatologist said we could wait it out, because it would eventually go away, but I decided to take my daughter to another derm. The new derm. said we had to get her skin in good condition before we could treat the molluscum. She suggested letting my daughter soak in a bath (no soap) and right before taking her out, spread petroleum jelly over the infected area while she was still in the bath, then to take her out and pat her dry. This helps keep moisture in and helps put a barrier on the skin so the MC can't spread (theoretically). This worked and really helped get her skin in good condition. Though I couldn't tell if there were more MC, because before her poor bottom was angry looking and filled with scabs, that I couldn't see the individual MC easily.Once her skin was in good condition, the derm suggested continuing with the baths and PJ and using Eletone (a cream for dry skin) and then treating only fresh MC with a damp q-tip with a dab of Differin or Tazorec (the size of a sesame seed). Before I had been spreading both Differin and Tazorec instead of using small dabs, which made the skin peel and become inflamed. She had suggested Aldera (which also triggers the bodies immunity?), but it was too costly for us. Also, I had read that Tagamet (Cimetidine) had been used with success in small children for MC and asked the dr about it. Apparently, this is supposed to trigger the bodies immune system to recognize the MC and fight it. She started my daughter on 200mg (**dosage depends on weight) once a day, and I think that has really made a difference. It hasn't cleared it up overnight. In fact, her bumps turned red and pink and larger, but they seem to be going away and I haven't noticed as many new ones. I don't know if it was just her time for the MC to go away, but it really seems like it is helping.I also wash her towel after each use (probably overkill) and make sure she wears long pants and long pajama pants so that her is covered and hopefully won't spread as the centers pop. Occasionally, I have put a small band-aid on the ones that are ready to pop, though she absolutely hates that.
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  • My son had them for 18 months Dr said leave them, friend said after a bath squeeze them and this apparently shocks the body into healing the spot. Within two weeks they were gone!Yes this is what I did as well, wlthough my sons did last a bit longer they were on his back. But I did leave them as the doctor advised that by treating them you would open the wound and that would spread it. His were gone in 18 months, but the were very small and he had maybe 4 on his back.
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    • January 10, 2011
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  • My daughter had these for about a week only, at first I could not find any info to matchThe symptoms. They started out at small clear raised bumps on the back of her hands. After about 4 days they started changing colour into a more pinkish tinge and I can see the eye, it spread also to her ankles and some on her back. It doesn't bother her, she says they aren't itchy or hurting. I am reluctant to remove them as I am optimistic they will go away on their own, and it does look like some treatments actually aggravate theSpots from the info I've read so far. The only thing that worries me is we also have a 10 month old. Anyway, last night, day 6, I've put some Caladryl, carefully dabbing over each spot using a cotton wool then I sprayed on plaster spray when the lotion dried. I did this so air is still able to dry the spots out but protect it from friction or accidental scratching of the core. This afternoon, when I picked her up from summer activities, the spots are remarkably smaller, some cores also fell out in the bath as I gently scrubbed with a flannel and mild baby shower gel. There seem to be 2 new spots however. I will keep up with this mild treatment for now as she also likes the feel of Caladryl on the spots. My daughter is 4.
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    • August 22, 2011
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  • There is so much information about molluscum and so many conflicting "cures". For what it is worth I recommend you have a look at what I think is the best site for information and a guide to treating the bumps. Myself, my wife and three of my children had MC and we had to find a cure that was good for very young children and adults. It seems to me that the best cure combines the good work of apple cider vinegar other natural products like clove oil and tree oil. Anyway, it work wonders for us!We used the advice on this site to heal them: http://www.curemolluscumcontagiosum.com
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