Wednesday, April 16, 2008

WFMW - Getting Rid of Molluscum

First of all, a big howdy to those of you who clicked over just to find out what the heck is a molluscum!! Some kind of sea animal? The stuff you put on bunions and corns? Or maybe the stuff that floats at the top of still lake water? Congratulations for wanting to educate yourself! There's always something new to learn, isn't there?

Molluscum is a skin condition that is viral in nature. It most often affects children between the ages of 2 and 12. It can be spread through close contact or even shared clothing. Here's a pic to give you an idea of what it looks like:

Pretty, huh? Now imagine tens, even a hundred of these all over your child's body. With my daughter it started on her elbows. Then it spread up her arms, into her armpits, showed up on her knees, and finally on her chest. The doctors, both her pediatrician and the dermatologist I took her to, told me that there was nothing I could do but wait for it to run its course - which could be 2-3 years!! Meanwhile I had a 10 year old girl who was embarrassed because kids would frequently ask her about the bumps. When it got to her throat, I was desperate to stop it before it moved up to her face and I started looking for alternatives.

After searching the internet, I found Molluscum No More, an organic treatment that promised to cure the problem. It was pretty pricey at $27 for a small bottle, but I was desperate to save my child's self-esteem so I ordered a bottle.

She hated having me apply it to her skin. It has a very strong odor, but doesn't sting or hurt in anyway. But, people, let me tell you that within one week I saw improvement. Within two weeks, they were gone. We had been struggling with them for over a year and here was the answer we needed!! And that little bottle? Well, I had enough to treat a few bumps that my son had also developed and I still have over half of it left. Just a Q-tip's worth is all it took, three times a day.

If your child has molluscum, this can work for you too!

Thanks, as always, to Shannon for hosting Works for Me Wednesday! Be sure to click on over and check out more fantastic mom ideas!


Aunt Murry said...

I love stuff like this. I will file it away for when I need it. Thanks!

Mommysmart said...

Well, I followed your link from Shannon's blog because there seem to be very few of us moms who have been through this dreaded issue with our kids. My friends thought that I was making the whole thing up. Both of kids had them, my daughters were so terrible that they became infected. Thankfully (I think) they only covered her bottom and top of her thighs. However, they became so painful that sitting was an issue. We spent hundreds of dollars at doctors offices and two different perscriptions. When at last I read that molluscums only survive when supplied with oxygen. I told my peditrician about this info. and she suggested that we put liquid bandaid on them. Poof! Gone in a week. So when my son got them, we started immediately with the liquid bandaid. Thankfully (at least for now) we are molluscum free. I will certainly keep your suggestion saved away in case we see these re-visit.

davec777 said...

Thanks for sharing this. I just bought some. I hope it works for my son's molluscum. It is just getting worse, and this after a $95 doctor visit where they basically said I should do nothing.....

Mom24 said...

My daughter had molluscum. We were lucky, it pretty much stayed in her armpit region, and only took a few months to clear up, but it is really, really nasty stuff. So glad this stuff worked for you.

Robin said...

My daughter's dr also said to leave it alone, but when she went from 3 bumps (which she'd had for years already) to over 50 in just two weeks there was no possible way I was going to just ignore it. The product you mentioned isn't available here in Israel, but thankfully my dermatologist hand imports a prescription ointment called caratadine (transliteration from Hebrew so excuse any misspelling). It basically "explodes" the bumps and causes an infective type response. Once that heals they're gone. It takes a number of treatments but the ointment itself doesn't hurt like the freezing my ped said was the only option and thankfully my insurance is covering the not insignificant cost. My daughter just had her 5th, and hopefully last or at least next to last, treatment this afternoon.

I'm going to keep your suggestion in mind though and buy a bottle when I'm in the US this summer. Definitely sounds like something I'd want to have around!

Laane said...

I'll try to remember this tip.

You can find out what works for me ::here::
Have a wonderful day!

Michelle@Life with Three said...

We've been battling molluscum for over two years now. It started with my daughter. She has significant eczema, so her molluscum was out of control and raging all over her body. Same story -- doctors said to let it run its course. Hers were getting infected too. We used Zymaderm, which sounds similar to what you're using. The Zymaderm has echineacha, tea tree oil and iodine in it. It worked miracles. Since then, my son has had it, I have had it and my 10 month old is just starting with it. Hopefully one of these days we'll finally be free of it! Thanks so much for posting. I'll keep your suggestion in my file.

jody said...

Thanks for this-we are going to be adopting from Ethiopia and this is a somewhat common problem for the kiddos coming from the orphanages so I will keep this in mind. I have also read about people using a silk adhesive tape to cover the spots and leaving it on overnite and that helps it clear up in a few days also.


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