How we got rid of Molluscum Contagiosum
You may have read a while back on the blog a post about Molluscum Contagiosum. If not you can read it here.
I just thought I would provide a bit of an update really and share what has worked for us.Usually, the only symptom of Molluscum Contagiosum is several small, raised, firm bumps (papules) on the skin. These are not painful, but can be itchy, red, swollen or slightly sore. One of the common names for Molluscum Contagiosum is ‘water-warts’, which is a good way of describing its appearance. It also looks somewhat like small raised blisters with dome-like papules of between 2 and 6mm in diameter, which have a shiny or lustrous surface and are often grouped together. The spots often have a depressed or wrinkled (umbilicated) centre. The affected skin is often of normal colour, but sometimes can appear slightly red or lighter, particularly on darker skins.
In contrast with classical warts, Molluscum Contagiosum is not usually found on the palms of hands or soles of feet. A yellowy-whitish mass can be squeezed out of the centre (however, this is not advised as this substance contains the virus, is highly infectious, and can rapidly increase the spread of the spots).
According to our GP this is very common in children and many will be affected by it. I had done quite a lot of research about it and was convinced that was what it was on my son’s legs but it was good to have the GP confirm it.
The spots were concentrated on the backs of the knees, bar the odd spot on his torso and one randomly near his eyebrow.
My research had led me to Mollu Dab and I ordered some of this directly. I managed (after 6 telephone calls) to get one prescription for this from the GP but this was hard work.They are very reluctant to prescribe this at all. When I had a look on a couple of forums this had been the standard experience of many parents across the UK.
After using the Mollu Dab for about two months we seemed to be getting somewhere and the spots began to pop on their own. This however, was probably the worse stage of all as they were incredibly painful.
Do not use the Mollu Dab on broken skin! The sensation is a burning one and your child will not thank you.
After the spots had got to this stage we stopped the Mollu Dab and purchased some Dead Sea Salts. We then made baths up every night with the salts in and he bathed in them for around 20 minutes.
We followed this up with applying loads of Sudocrem. You really can’t use enough of the salts or the cream so apply liberally!
After about three weeks of this the spots had dried up and disappeared. We are all very thankful for this and pleased to see the back of them.
There is some scarring left which is distressing, although my little boy is not bothered by this. I now apply hemp oil everyday to try and reduce this and gradually the marks are fading.
Have you had any experience with this? Let us know!