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post #221 of 268

My 7 year old (almost 8 now) outgrew this about a year ago after having it since he was about 4 years old.  Someone posted on here that swimming in the ocean (salt water) would help, and we did that when on vacation and it did help a lot.  He still has a single spot or two every now and then in the spring, the spring time is when it seems to crop up.  We never did any medications for it.

post #222 of 268

our dermatologist suggested 1/3 cup of bleach in a full bath, for 10 min, every other day. seems to be working, but too early to say.

post #223 of 268

Wow, this is an old thread!  I think I posted on here several years ago when dd had it.  She had it for almost a year and it kept getting worse.  Everything I read said not to mess with them but I eventually ended up lancing them all, removing the cores, disinfecting the area and it went away.  I did this while she was sleeping.  It seemed very self-perpetuating so after that if I saw a new one come up, I would remove it.  I did this for a few weeks and it never came back.  

post #224 of 268
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So agree with you joybird!  That's what we did and it does work.  Just be sure to sterilize needle and gentle lift the core and throw away immediately.  Meical books say don't pop but with a little common sense with sterilizing need and lifting core, disgarding nasty's you will be on the RIGHT road.  Stop battling it this worked for 3 of my kid's!! Good luck to all who are brave and just do this simple procedure at the comfort of your own home with virtually no pain to your child. (:  

post #225 of 268

Hmmmmm ...  how do you pop it without it causing pain to your child?  Did you spray an OTC "pain relieving" spray?  Or ask for some kind of skin numbing thing from the dr??

 

I can't imagine my four year old sitting still for me and a pin!!

 

 

post #226 of 268

 

Quick update.  

 

I ordered Zymaderm which is a topical homeopathic.  It's not the reduced strength homeo remedy, it's full strength of tea tree oil, echinecea and some other items.  It does kill viruses, which I don't think the apple cider vinegar does.  We had been using ACV for about a month.  It seemed to help some spots but new ones came up.  Plus, you have to mess w/bandages and cotton balls.  Finally, I had to stop because the ACV burned my daughter's skin.  I think the ACV works by breaking down the skin on the bumps so that they go away ... but it hurts the skin around it too.  Plus, ACV does not kill 100% of the virus -- I checked on this.  Vinegar is a good cleaning agent but not something you use when you need to clean up a virus or bacteria.


So, I am glad I switched away from ACV.    I would NOT recommend ACV to anyone.  

 

We've tried the Zymaderm for two weeks now.  It doesn't irritate the skin, is painless and easy to apply.  You don't need to cover the area with bandaids and whatnot.  It does seem to reduce the spread and lessened some ones that were on their way out because they had already "popped."


However, I realized that I have to remove the core on the bumps otherwise they just hang on, even with the Zymaderm = which can take weeks to work on its own -- and meanwhile new bumps can form.

 

We tried a fine needle ... I pierced the bump and then doused it with the zymaderm hoping it would enter the new hole and kill the core. However, that had no effect.  You have to physically remove the white core otherwise it just keeps on ticking.  So right now, I remove, with flat tweezers, the core.  I just pluck the bump up from above and you don't harm the surrounding skin AT ALL.  It pinches for your l.o. and bleeds heavily, but the next day ... it's healing and the bump is gone.  It's very quick -- my four year old had no problem with it.  

 

I feel that the Zymaderm is a great adjunct to this mechanical removal -- because it is a gentle virucidal agent.  

 

So, at this point, the rashy area in my daughter's groin is calming down, and we've got several spots that have disappeared.  I finally feel like we have a handle on this.  


I only remove one or two spots a day because my daughter requested we take it slow.  However, I think it is best to remove them all at once, because then there is no more virus to create new spots.  However, my daughter won't tolerate this.  I may try a topical anesthetic and try to do more (daub some on in advance -- like lidocaine) but I am wary that adding another agent will irritate her skin so I may try a small patch first.

post #227 of 268

We are dealing with such a case of this with DD1 & now DD2 has it too...with DD1, it started as the white pimply like bumps but with DD2, I don't see those.  She just feels bumpy all over right now.  I am so sick of it...it's been a couple months.

 

DD won't let me get anywhere near her with a pin or tweezers.  It is driving me crazy & I want to pop the ones on her thighs-which is the site where they started.  They show no signs of going away.  We are currently just using calamine to treat the itch so she doesn't scratch & spread. 

post #228 of 268

Hi There-

 

It is hard to get them to agree to it.  I finally tried a pain relieving spray before I began to use the tweezers. I daub a tiny amount on the spot I am removing and it helps enormously.  Also, your DD could hold ice on the spot before hand, perhaps rapped in a paper towel.  That would numb the area.


I just told my daughter that if I didn't do it, this would last a long time, perhaps spread, and then we'd end up going to the doctor to have it removed and that would be much more uncomfortable.  Unfortunately, from this thread, that seems to be the truth.


It really doesn't hurt much if you are doing it right -- you are only gripping the pox part, not the skin around it.  

 

 

HTH

post #229 of 268
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Edited by Subhuti - 7/13/11 at 2:34pm
post #230 of 268
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I didn't use anything to numb the area really doesn't need it I just talked to my kiddo's and you don't have to like jab it just like popping an ant bite so to speak just piercing the skin lightly.  My kiddo's never shed a tear and then just a gentle squeeze and then with a facial tissue lift upward wipe etc. Don't  smear lift up and  disgard! Good luck!

post #231 of 268
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Subhuti I hope your daughter is doing better.  I don't blame her for wanting to take it slowly especially if there is a bunch!!! Really just keep an eye for the red inflamed looking one's that's when they spread because they will pop and spread the virus. Good luck to you and I hope you the best!

post #232 of 268

My DS is 2 and has had MC for awhile now; he is not vaxed either. I think he caught this from a public pool last year. has tons of them on his torso and his rt arm. I have taken him to have two treatments so far with beetlejuice and they are still spreading. his blisters started bleeding in the bath this evening.  I do not wish this on anyone! Has anyone else had any luck with beetlejuice?? If so, how many treatments did it take and did they come back?

post #233 of 268
My daughter now just has one or two spots .... Pretty much done with it here!

I vote for zymaderm. .... And some pulling. I am sorry what your dr is doing is not working ... greensad.gif
post #234 of 268

I wanted to post back as well...we are having the worst time with DD1s...the spot where it all started is above her knees but more between her legs so in the summer, her legs are rubbing together, sweating & just constantly irritating it & spreading it.  It is so frustrating.  

 

I am going to look but does anyone know of any you tube videos of a proper "core removal" technique?  Her's are just not lending themselves to it easily.  I did get one the other day.  

 

I am trying to make her wear long shorts, but it's a battle.  And I believe she got one on the side of her neck/face.  I will lose it if this ends up on her face...seriously...I might lose it!!!  

 

Also-we haven't vax'd for Chicken Pox in our house...as an FYI.

post #235 of 268

No, I don't know a video, but honestly, flat-ended tweezers where the end is kind of sharp/fine ... not blunt ... these really work to grip the entire core no matter how small.  

 

You grip it hard, then pull up.  It happens very easily.  Then check between the tweezer blades to see if there is a white core.  If not, you have to do it again.  The spots will bleed heavily if you got it.  It will not pull out any adjacent skin, that is the benefit of a flat-ended tweezer -- you only touch/pull the core.

 

Really, it seems hard, but it is not.  You have to do it a few days to feel comfortable, then it will be as routine as pulling out an eyebrow hair. 

 

Edited to add:   In between core removals, dunk the tweezers in a cup of hydrogen peroxide.  It will remove the core you just pulled out and sterizilize the tweezers for the next core you are pulling out.   Make sure you tap off all the peroxide when you begin the next core because peroxide stings little ones a bit.


Edited by Subhuti - 8/6/11 at 10:49am
post #236 of 268
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Originally Posted by ellairiesmom View Post

I wanted to post back as well...we are having the worst time with DD1s...the spot where it all started is above her knees but more between her legs so in the summer, her legs are rubbing together, sweating & just constantly irritating it & spreading it.  It is so frustrating.  

 

I am going to look but does anyone know of any you tube videos of a proper "core removal" technique?  Her's are just not lending themselves to it easily.  I did get one the other day.  

 

I am trying to make her wear long shorts, but it's a battle.  And I believe she got one on the side of her neck/face.  I will lose it if this ends up on her face...seriously...I might lose it!!!  

 

Also-we haven't vax'd for Chicken Pox in our house...as an FYI.

 

My dd is 9.  I posted to this thread several years back.  She *did* have it on her face.  Do whatever it takes to keep it from spreading to the face.  Seriously.  We ended up seeing a dermatologist in Istanbul, Turkey, who eventually put us on the road to getting her past this (removal and tea tree oil).  It's important to know that the virus still lives in their bodies and can return at any time.  It can flare up.  There is no cure.  (I hate that part!)  Never let down your guard.

 

For someone else who asked... Beetle juice did not work for us... it actually made it spread (and dd had it on her face).  The only thing that worked was physical removal.  Dd has three small, deep scars on top of her lip that were particularly painfully removed with beetle juice and then it spread from there RAPIDLY onto her cheek and neck.  I have RUED the decision to ever use beetle juice on her.  Worst mistake we ever made.
 

 

post #237 of 268
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Gosh can't believe this thread still exsists I started it on 10-16-06! Unfortunately for all these families it is sticking around cause it is much needed when you have this in your household you just want it Gone Forever!!  I guess from reading all this maybe it wasn't clear but I would wait for the pox to be ready like it would be screaming at you like an acne pimple on your forehead and when it is ready and in that stage there is no pain involved the pox is ready to be released to spread more so there is your opportunity and believe me don't miss it because it does or will spread. You could also give a bath beforehand so that would soften the skin so only a tiny pric is needed.  Someone posted this lives in the body forever gosh I didn't know that.  He is 8 now and was 3 at the time so we have not had to deal with it until my twins got it. Well hope everyone is able to rid of it soon. Keep us all posted on your outcomes.

post #238 of 268
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Here is a video  I found but warning it shows graphics and blood. I didn't wait til my kid's looked like these so I guess just looking at these they have been on him for awhile or maybe everyone's is different that might be why some are having problems popping I don't know???  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw-zQa9Lyto&NR=1

post #239 of 268
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Here's another video that may be helpful but he is just saying squeezing getting the white stuff out and taking a shower is a good way to get rid of them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw-zQa9Lyto&NR=1

post #240 of 268

We have been using Zymaderm for 3 weeks now, some MC bumps have gone away very quickly, some are still the same size.  Overall the infected areas (legs, knees, stomach, arm pits) seem better.  How long until all of yours went away?  We just ordered our 2nd bottle and I'm wondering how long our path using this might be.

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