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Molluscum Contagiosum

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Molluscum Contagiosum is a common viral infection that causes itchy little lumps or bumps, which look like warts, to appear on the skin. Anyone, at any age, can get it, but it’s most common in kids under 15, and eight out of ten cases affect children under 5.

It’s caught when children come into direct contact with someone who is infected, or when they handle something (clothes, toys, towels etc) which someone with the condition has used. Molluscum Contagium isn’t serious and will usually get better without any treatment within a few weeks, but the condition can last for over a year.

The principle symptom of molluscum contagiosum are the white or pink lumps which form on the face or body. These contain a build up of puss-like fluid and can be painful if pressed or touched. It takes several weeks for the spots to emerge, and the infection can keep on spreading across the body. After anything between six and eight weeks a crusty scab will appear over each spot. Eventually the spots heal and fade, at which point children stop being infectious. After a bout of the illness, most people are immune for the rest of their lives.

There’s no specific cure for molluscum contagiosum. Like warts, your doctor can freeze off the spots with liquid nitrogen, but this is painful and carries its own risk of scarring. There are, however, things you can do to help prevent infection, and then speed up the healing process. First, keep kids away from anyone you know is infected, and prevent them from sharing clothes etc. (There’s no need to stop infected kids playing games or swimming.) You can also use tweezers to squeeze each spot open (experts suggest doing just a few at a time) let the liquid bleed away, and then treat the area with antiseptic. This too, may be slightly painful, but it will then encourage the spots to clear up within two to four weeks.

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Apple cider vinegar makes the bigger ones spongy and the smaller ones crusty. It definitely helps. We also used something called aspivenim which is a plunger thing for sucking out poisons left by Mosquitos etc. the cider vinegar softens and then you can suck the core out. It hurts, but they are gone for good. Hope this helps x





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My 7 year old son had the same thing. Went to his ped doctor and dermatologist. The only thing that worked was thuja occident pellets that melt in the mouth from the health food store. We went through 3 bottles of it and they were gone entirely within 3-4 weeks and we started to notice a difference in a little less than a week. It was a lifesaver and painless, compared to other options.





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please can you help, my 5 yr old daughter has this and eczema, some of the spots have got very badly infected, to the point she couldnt evan sit down, we have been to the gp lots of time with no luck, now my other daughters r getting it to, please can u suggest something to put on them. bless she is also scaring badly from them.





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Hi Janine. I know how you feel. My daughter is 7 and has had them for over 3 years now she also has eczema which makes them worse. I can't offer you any solution as I have tried so many things. But they will go away...finally my daughters which are all up the back of her thighs are all coming to heads and going away. I found the Apple cider Vinegar helps dry them up but be careful as it burns their skin. Also after spending a week swimming at the beach last week I have noticed that it has really helped with the healing process.

Hi Janine. I know how you feel. My daughter is 7 and has had them for over 3 years now she also has eczema which makes them worse. I can't offer you any solution as I have tried so many things. But they will go away...finally my daughters which are all up the back of her thighs are all coming to heads and going away. I found the Apple cider Vinegar helps dry them up but be careful as it burns their skin. Also after spending a week swimming at the beach last week I have noticed that it has really helped with the healing process.

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Both my daughter's have them on their bottoms and have had mc since December, they don't seem to be clearing at all just getting more of them. It's awful that there is no treatment for this as it is embarrassing for my eldest daughter - and irritating for them both.





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My son had this for 6 months and was in despair when they moved to his neck. I had heard that homeopath could help. After one session and course of thuja, they have completely stopped. I would recommend seeing a practitioner rather than over the counter remedy. We are so relieved the spits have stopped - it was best decision after so many other treatments!





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My grandson has had this over two years, doctor just says it will clear up by it's self. It is embarrassing as people always ask about it. We have tried 3 different treatments, 100% natural plant extracts homeopathic medicine and zymaDerm and none have worked. If anyone has any suggestions it will be appreciated.





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try hydroquartezone my daughter was diagnosed with that plus she has eczema and ive been using that for both and they r drying up well

I came across a website about treating MC with apple cider vinegar. We have been doing it for two days (after battling this for a year) and they are changing and crusting over! Just soak cotton balls in Apple cider vinegar, apply to spot and secure with bandaid. Leave on overnight and they should look different by morning! Treat the scabby ones with antiseptic cream. Good luck!

My four year old daughter has had this for almost five months now. She has eczema, which we have always found easy to control until she got this! She was always scratching at them and spread them from the back of her knee to her thighs, arms and stomach! We tried tea tree oil first, then thuja tablets and ointment with little success. I am now scratching out the white core of about four a night, she won't let me do any more, she says it doesn't hurt but she doesn't like the blood! This does seen to have stopped it spreading as fast but there are still new ones appearing. She isn't scratching as much and they don't seem to bother her like they did when they got big.





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I am from New Zealand. My daughter is 7 and has many of them on the back of her thighs for 2 years now. Dr says they will go away on their own, but it has been over 2 years and sgone leaving behind pitted scars.I have been trying lemon myrtle oil for a month now. It has made them angrier and is speeding up the process, I think. I have been reading about Apple Vinegar Cider with success and will start trying that. If any success will let you know.





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My 8 year old daughter has had molluscum for nearly a year now. We have tried all sorts of treatments. Thuja, zymaderm and lastly manuka honey. I'm not sure any of them are working. It started on her neck and has now spread all over her body, torso, legs, bum, neck and she has 2 spots on her face (in total approx 40 spots). Her Dad and I seem to be more upset about it than her. If anything we would say the honey is working best. It cleared up spots on neck in about 2 weeks but then a new batch appeared. Maybe we should saveour money and listen to the Dr's who say they will go away on their own. My heart goes out to other parents and children suffering. It's a horrible virus one you wouldn't wish upon anybody.





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My daughter had this and eventually got rid if them using molludab which is now available on prescription . She is only 5 and had them over a year. It brings them to a head and they look red for a couple of weeks but then they all went. I tried everything but most seemed to make it worse.

My Son is 9, he had MC approx 2 years on his hand and forehead, after the doctors advice to leave them and they will eventually go within 2 years I looked into Thuja. This worked after taking this for 2 tubes 3 times a day and disappeared completely. He now has them back on his stomach and both inside of his elbow joints, the thuja doesn't seem to be working the same on these,so I have now tried the banana skin, as this worked on a wart on his foot many years ago, but the MC is now looking red and aggressive. I have stopped this for tonight as Iam not sure if this is a good sign or not. Any suggestions?





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Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection that is caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV).
 
MCV can be spread through close, direct contact with someone who is infected, or by coming into contact with contaminated objects, such as towels and flannels. The infection is not serious but it can take a long time to heal and clear completely. Read More »