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Dealing with Molluscum

It has been two weeks since our last visit to the doctor’s office and I have lost count on the number of times we have been there this summer.

My 5 year old daughter has these little bumps on her arms, legs, and trunk that the doctors keep telling me are molluscum warts. The problem is that they keep getting infected and becoming abscessed. According to our doctors the molluscum are viral and will go away on their own. They have not mentioned them being contagious and neither of my other children have them – and my girls sleep in the same bed frequently.

I just can’t help but to think that there is more to it than meets the eye. I have been doing some research and then there is the family history part of it all. My mom had similar skin issues as a child and now has diabetes. There is also celiac in the family, too.

The warts are not breaking open and then getting infected, rather the infection seems to come from the inside. I know the infection is taking its toll on her little body. She is tired, cranky and has no real appetite.

When we are at the doctor’s today, I am going to see if they are willing to do more research, run some tests and help me get to the bottom of this.

If you have any experience with kids and molluscum, I would love to hear about what worked, what didn’t and such.

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12 Responses to Dealing with Molluscum

  1. Lucy says:

    My three children have all had molluscum – tiny raised ‘pearls’ scattered across their bodies.

    The doctors here – like yours – seem unconcerned, and the molluscum did indeed go away after a year or two, as predicted.

    Nursery were worried, and wanted them covered – and we didn’t share baths with other children until they were gone in case of contagion – but the general theory was that children would get them or they wouldn’t – and they would go when the immune system dealt with them. Bit like verrucas.

    Your link with celiac is interesting. Celiac is an auto-immune problem. I’m wondering about links with a depressed immune system. One of my children (not my coeliac daughter) has had verrucas for years – literally, 4 or 5 years now. Like molluscum, they are supposed to just go when the body is ready. But if a child’s immune system is dampened down, it might take forever to be rid of these things, or I suppose there might be a worse reaction than usual. I’ve had my verruca-ridden child tested for coeliac disease twice now, but I still wonder.

    Issues with gluten don’t just manifest in digestive disorders, but everywhere – skin (psoriasis, dermatitis herpetiformis), teeth (poor enamel formation, ulcers in mouth), bones (osteoporosis, short stature), blood (anaemia) … Celiac disease is known as a silent disease for a good reason.

    I hope your doctor comes up with some answers for you. Do let us know how your daughter gets on.

  2. Char says:

    Lucy – thanks for your insight!! The appointment today was stressful. The doctor was running late and obviously in a rush. She wasn’t concerned about getting to the root of the problem at all – just treating the obvious infections – there were 3 molluscum that were infected. She was more concerned that since a previous abscess had been cultured as staph, that these could be acting more like MRSA.

    The nurse practitioner in the practice is going to a celiac seminar in September. I am hoping that next time we go in we will see her. She is never as rushed and truly seems more concerned at getting to the bottom of things.

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  4. SMT says:

    My daughter developed a staph infection from her MC -all over her body and looked almost like the chicken pox but worse with pus filled white heads which contained staph. Her staph lesions lasted only about 1 week, but we are continuing to fight her MC for almost 6 months now. I am going to try tea tree oil and I just ordered a lemon myrtle oil package through the mail. I’m anxiously waiting to try this combo -alternating the tea tree oil and lemon myrtle oil 2-3 times per day. Hopefully this does the trick. Check out this website if you are interested. Kinda spendy but I’m desperate at this point. They offer a molloscum contagiosum package (oil and balm) for $30 +s/h. I should be receiving mine this week and will keep you posted on the progress.

  5. Sam says:

    SMT any update to how the molloscum package worked for your daughter. My 4 year old son has been dealing with these for a couple months now. They are on his arm, trunk and leg all on the left side of his body. Today I had him to the Dr. as one was inflamed and very red. The Dr. said they will eventually go away on their own. But the one that is inflamed, he believes is the start of a Staph infection. I have to pick up two prescriptions this evening and he has taken a culture. I really want them gone by summer.

  6. Char says:

    Sam – when my daughter was suffering with the molluscum, one got really inflamed and they had to have it cultured as well. My heart goes out to you – that was the worst time with her.

  7. Heather says:

    Hi! Wondering if SMT has an update? I will begin this journey with my 6 year old daughter and hoped to learn if the source for her Tree Tea Oil and Lemon Myrtle Oil worked out. I am looking for a good or reputable source for both. Thank you!

  8. Laura says:

    I too am treating my daughter for molluscum. It’s been about a year and half. At first she just had 3 spots but recently has had many more. We’ve had some “burned off” at the doctor. I AM WONDERED HOW LONG THE LOSS OF APPETITE LASTED?? My otherwise healthy daughter is of very thin build, athletic shape. But she has had such a unique loss of appetite. She eats like a bird. I am curious if the appetite returned after the outbreak cleared up??

  9. Mehgan Drake says:

    I just stumbled across your blog when I searched for “tea tree oil and mollescum”. My middle child has them so bad on her legs, and my youngest is beginning to get some warts, too. Their pedi says that it is contagious, so now I’m freaking out trying to get rid of it before it gets worse. I’m going to try the tea tree oil and bleach. Does the bleach seem to irritate the skin?

  10. Kathryn says:

    My daughter first got MC around age two. She is now five and a half and still dealing with it. At first there were just a few bumps. Some had the protruding core (which the Dr said the core was the virus?) while others were the small round pearlized shape. I tooke her to two different doctors as well as a pediatric dermatologist. They all said the same thing……they are contagious when they burst and they will go away when her immune system matures and can fight back. Whatever!!! This child is rarely ever sick with anything so I don’t understand why her immune system can’t fight this particular virus off. Last year the bumps were worse and many times would become red and pus filled before finally bursting. They were extremely painful for her when they became this way but would eventually burst and new ones would pop up within a week or so. Taking her to the doctor every time one of these bumps popped up was not an option so when they became pus filled we would wait til she was sleeping then take a sterilized needle and slightly prick the white head of the bump. This would allow it to drain out and it would dry up within a couple of days with no problems. Most recently she was put on a three week dose of Cimetidine because some studies have shown for whatever reason this has help some children with MC and been successful. For us it was not. I just noticed a cluster of small bumps on the back of her thigh tonight so I am hoping the tea tree oil will help this time. Is there any other alternative to using the bleach? Saying my prayers this works!

  11. Char says:

    Kathryn – the bleach is really in such a small amount that it is safe to use – it will help clear up the molluscum. In the mean time, I recommend boosting her immune system by reducing processed sugar and processed foods, increasing her vitamin c intake, make sure she is getting enough sleep and see if that does the trick. My daughter did outgrow it.

  12. natasha says:

    Research research research. Don’t listen to your pediatrician. Go to a dermatologist. Read other blogs, etc., Google “molluscum and Apple cider vinegar!” It draws out the “core”. Also I believe butt paste that has 40% zinc helped. We had a prescription but then chose to do the beetle juice treatment which 1. Gets rid of the bumps, 2. Gets the body to start fighting the virus! Be proactive, and dont let your kids bathe together. Wash towels after every use and clean sheets often!! Fight this thing!