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Help with Molluscum contagiosum

post #1 of 268
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My 3 yr. old has Molluscum contagiosum and we have been unsuccessful at getting rid of this. Does anyone out there have any experience with this. All info on web says highly contagious but yet no one in family of five doesn't have it except our 3 yr. old. However two different dr.'s said it is Molluscum Contagiosum. We have tried the silver sure from the molluscum.com site but nothing has worked. He has had this for about 6 good months and I am preg. with twins and I am trying to get rid of it as quick as possible because now we were advised that my eight yr. old that did take baths with him is to not do that anymore. And absolutely not to share towels, washcloths etc. Any one out there with a cure that worked for them?

Thanks in advance for any and all input.

Kelly
post #2 of 268
Health and healing has information....they say put vinegar in the bathwater.
post #3 of 268
Since it is a virus, I would give Cod liver oil (mercury free).

I bet your other child is already immune to it.

Is this child vaccinated? Did he have the chicken pox vaccine? If so when?

When was his last vaccine? And what was it?

I'm glad you found us.
post #4 of 268
All four of my children currently have this. The older two seem to have it the worst, and it's been going on for about 5 months. The younger two have it the mildest. I have NO idea what to tell you, because I've just resigned myself to it just having to run it's course. I understand it can take upto 3 years though!!!

It really hasn't bothered my kids too much, so I haven't tried anything to heal it. Only occasionally have they complained.

Is there a vaccination correlation? My children are vaccinated. None of them have ever had a flu shot though.
post #5 of 268
my son has this around his bumhole. : when i'm good about using it, diluted tea tree oil and lavender oil have helped a lot. but most of the time i forget, espescially since we're potty learning.
post #6 of 268
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Yes all of my sons are vax. except the oldest only got one shot of the DPT and all others he was given the DT shot.He is 14 now. And the 8 yr. has all his vax. but will not get anymore. He has allergies really bad. Nose bleds all the time and is a heart baby with WPW and SVT (rapid heart rate). My 3 yr. old who has the molluscum has most of his shots but on 2/4/04 was the last shot given -Pneu 7 valent , Varicella was given what ever those are??? He was given 2 of the oral Polio one at 2 months and another at 4 months. He was given 3 of the DTaP and Hib shots one at 2month, 4 months and 6 months of age. Hepatitis B given at birth , 6 months and 9 months. Pneu 7 valent at 3, 6,9 months and nearly 13 months of age.
So long story short the last shots given where the varicella and Pneu 7 valent on 2/4/04 he was nearly 13 months . He has had this virus for about 7 or 8 months. I wish we could get rid of it. I paise you for reading this lenghty posts. Thanks so much for your time :-)

Blessings,
Kelly


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Originally Posted by Gitti View Post
Since it is a virus, I would give Cod liver oil (mercury free).

I bet your other child is already immune to it.

Is this child vaccinated? Did he have the chicken pox vaccine? If so when?

When was his last vaccine? And what was it?

I'm glad you found us.
post #7 of 268
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update on the status of his molluscum

We are doing the vinegar baths as one poster suggested but with no luck of it going away, but it doesn't appear to be spreading as we have resorted to finding the one's with the white heads and just toching them with a needle and popping the stuff out of them and disposing of it. I am careful to not get any of that on his skin so it doesn't get spread to other parts of his body. They say don't pop every where I read but I decided to give it a try and at least they are no longer spreading as long as it doesn't get on his skin they won't spread so I figure pop them and get rid of the waxy core that is contagious! Any more insight from others?


Thanks,
Kelly
post #8 of 268
My son had M.C. and it took a little over a year to go away. I tried a few things but in the end I could not say for sure what cured it. Maybe his body finally found the right enzyme or something.

I did sea salt baths (specifically sea salt). I also tried thuja, a homeopathic ointment for warts, which is what the little bumps are. My little guy does not like to keep band-aids on so we only did the thuja once or twice. Urine is great for many skin conditions. When my son wet his diaper overnight, I applied the wetness to his bumps. I also started giving my son a zinc tablet every day. Our chiropractor had read recently that dryness behind the ears can be a sign of zinc deficiency. My son has had this little problem since infancy. I started giving him a kid's zinc tablet every day and the dryness went away.

The zinc may be the thing that finally cured my son. I don't know a lot about zinc but I know it's important for a well-functioning immune system. I am pretty confident the topical stuff I did not do as much as my son's immune system finally fighting off the virus.

My opinion is MC is one of those slow diseases. You may not see improvement for several more months but then one day it will be gone. As for contagiousness, it is mostly spread amongst children. I never caught it from my son and none of his friends caught it. If you can resist the urge to pop the bumps, I would try. It seems like that will aggravate the problem and cause more scarring.

Good luck mama!
post #9 of 268
Pop them with a sterilized needle, squeeze out any pus, then put tea tree oil on them. Put tea tree oil on any that aren't ready to pop or are healing. I did this when I had it and they were all gone within a month.

Good Luck! At least it's not lice!
post #10 of 268
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Thanks instintive mama and Laggie for the responses! I forgot to add that I always sterilize the needle. It's not that I can't resist the urge to pop it is just the only idea that I and my chiropractor came up with is if I can get that contagious stuff out so it doesn't pop on him and go to other parts of his body then maybe shorty it will all disappear :-) We are still doing the vinegar baths and popping anytime I see one that looks like it has a white raised head and I will difeneitely try the tea tree oil Laggie and thanks for all the ideas. I also have him taking Insure herbal formula with golenseal & Echinacea to help boost his immune system like instinctive mama suggests it is a immune problem. I haven't noticed any dryness behind his ears though, but will look now that I know that.

Thanks everyone sooo much and I hope others will post there experiences too so maybe something will finally work for us and others.

Thanks,
KElly
post #11 of 268
I realize this thread is a bit old..but I just found it and I am so happy that I did.

My dd has had this since September '06, with no signs of it letting up. It started out on her face and is now on her neck as well. I was just starting to get REALLY frustrated since there is apparently NOTHING I can do : . It is driving me nuts.

I am going to try the zinc and just boosting her immune system in general..taking out the sugar in her diet etc. I am pregnant and I would really like it to go away before this baby is born. I also feel badly for her because I am constantly telling her to wash her hands and making her use her own blanket and pillow on the couch (dr. recs due to contagiousness). I feel so badly for her and the thought of this going on for years really irks me.

Yes, headlice would be bad, but at least I could get rid of it!

Anyway, I am so glad that I am not alone. I was really feeling isolated and lonely with this problem Thanks for this thread and I hope all of your kids get through this fast!
post #12 of 268
I am just asking a question so please don't flame me:

Could the varicella vaccine be the culprit for Molluscum contagiosum?

If your child did NOT have the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine and also was NOT in contact with anyone who's had it or who had shingles, but does have the Molluscum virus, then ok, I am wrong.

I am just curious. I've read that there might be a connection. ?
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post #14 of 268
My dd had this for a couple years and we ended up using Retin-A.
I wish I had used it sooner because she had several pox type holes.

She had it everywhere even her eyelids!
post #15 of 268
DD had this several years ago & we saw a dermatologist. He said it would go away on it's own and it did. But it took a long time. Now she has these tiny little pits in her skin where it was.
post #16 of 268
My dd also has then on her eyelids. I think there are two there. I actually looked at her this morning and they all appeared to be smaller than they have ever been...with the exception of a rather large one on her eye.

I am hoping that I was not imagining them shrinking. If there was only one left on her eye, I think it would be fairly easy not to spread it around anymore. Hoping and praying that this is a good sign : .
post #17 of 268
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Where to get Retin-A and what is it? I would love to try this. I have bought this stuff through Rebuilder Mecical that was electronically charged ionic nano silver, but it didn't seem to work for us.: We also tried the vinegar baths with no luck either.: Anymore ideas...??? Help!!!

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Originally Posted by solstar View Post
My dd had this for a couple years and we ended up using Retin-A.
I wish I had used it sooner because she had several pox type holes.

She had it everywhere even her eyelids!
post #18 of 268
My doctor prescribed Retin-A, but told us not to use it unless they got really bad. She said that the risks of the medication outweighed the condition itself since it is a self limiting condition. She also said that she could not say for sure that the Retin-A would help.

We have avoided it so far just because I am not comfortable with the possible side effects. We may try it if this goes on for much longer though. We are almost ready to try ANYTHING.

That being said, I am not by any means a Retin-A expert and may be completely off base. However, to answer your question your doctor would have to prescribe it for you!
post #19 of 268
DS (2.5 yo) has this on his belly and his dr said that it will go away in 1-2 years and not to worry about it. I have had some success with taking white vinegar on a cotton ball and rubbing it over his belly. It would probably go away if I was more consistent with that but ds hates having it done.

Jen
post #20 of 268
My 9 year old ds has just come down with this. He has quite a large patch of them under one arm. FYI - he has not been vaccinated against varicella, he caught chicken pox naturally many years ago. We are seeing a dermatologist on Friday, but did just try swabbing it with apple cider vinegar as suggested by others. He screamed in pain...wont' be doing that again!
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