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#1 booked

Posted 18 July 2016 - 10:35 PM

Hello wise community,

My 5-year-old DS has molluscum contagiosum all over his neck. It's spreading up under his hairline at the back, up under his chin towards his face at the front and down towards his shoulders and back at the back and sides. He has some spots on one leg and one arm.

The spots started 8 months ago. The doctor said leave them alone and they'll go away. I know it can take a long time for this to happen.

But, after reading old threads here I decided to get some Mollenol. After 7 days of applying three times a day, I see no change. I expected to see something different by now.

Do you think I should persist with the Mollenol or give it away? Perhaps two weeks is a fairer test ...

Thanks in advance for your advice!

#2 Beancat

Posted 19 July 2016 - 08:49 AM

Have you tried putting Elastoplast over the spots after you have applied the mollenol?

It's such a pesky thing. It does eventually go away. My son had a decent dose of it that lasted 6 months. Within a few days his body decided to defend itself and they all turned to scabs and fell off. This was after aggressive taping and apply the cream for two weeks.

My girls currently have it but only mildly..... So far

Ps see royal childrens hospital melbourne website for info on treatment

#3 Me&My4

Posted 19 July 2016 - 08:57 AM

I don't know what mollenol is ......but anyway my ds had it as a baby. I put on a tiny dot of lemon myrtle oil on with a cotton bud and they were gone!!

Can't remember how long that took as it was 8 years ago but not long..days??

#4 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 19 July 2016 - 09:29 AM

I actually carefully squeezed the core out of a few, covered with duct tape and then they went away.

#5 booked

Posted 19 July 2016 - 10:16 PM

Thanks all -

Beancat, I've put bandaids on the spots on his leg, but now his skin is red raw from the adhesive, so have stopped covering them. The spots are too close together on his neck to cover without the adhesive sticking to other spots. Oh well. Suppose I'll have to be more patient! Will persist with the ointment for a bit longer and see if anything happens.

Will also check out RCH website.

Glad everyone's seems to have cleared up - there's hope!

#6 Fennel Salad

Posted 19 July 2016 - 10:48 PM

DS2 had a few spots on torso and legs and yes, sigh, my GP said not to worry about them, they'll go away on their own accord.

Fast forward 6 months and he was turning into a mollascum contagosium covered meatball.  Spread all over his tummy, his legs, ugh, he was a sorry sight. It started on his face. I wanted to scream/faint/cry.

The dermatologist told me to squeeze out the core and to lightly brush the ones on his face with a clean fine grained kitchen scourer (vileda brand) in the shower. My husband patiently did the squeezing part and within about a month, they were all gone and no scars.  A miracle considering how bad it was especially on his thighs.

I recommend using the children's hospital website  resources and see a dermatologist if you have further concerns or it doesn't clear up.  Hope he gets better soon.

#7 evarachel

Posted 11 January 2020 - 09:12 AM

Molluscum is such a pain. Spread through all my kids. We tried several treatments. Squeezing seemed to work but we also thought it spread the infection to other areas.

Our derm also said to use a scourer and bleach! I wasnt prepared to do that to my children, especially my 2 year old.

The easiest treatment, and the most effective for us was also Mollenol. I think it is an Australian product sold here and in the US.

The big lesson we learnt is to get on to treating them as quickly as possible.

#8 EsmeLennox

Posted 11 January 2020 - 10:19 AM

There’s another thread going which describes treatment with Benzac... which I found really effective:

#9 literally nobody

Posted 11 January 2020 - 01:53 PM

my 2 sons had this but for about 18 months on their torsos. it was a NIGHTMARE!!!! nothing god rid of them. we would use tape on them too and there would be red marks from the tape. both have permanent pock scars on themselves now.

#10 ExpatInAsia

Posted 11 January 2020 - 07:47 PM

One of my children had this about 6 years ago. After trying everything, including tape which caused terrible rashes, we went to the compounding chemist at Melbourne children’s hospital who had made up his own ointment. It cleared it all up.

#11 Lime-Polka-Dot

Posted 11 January 2020 - 08:08 PM

I ended up with them myself from working in child care, a child had them all over. I had flare ups for about 5 years before they stopped popping up once or twicea year. Luckily I only got one or two at a time. DD had them at around 10-12 months, most likely from me. I found the band aid method put a stop to them relatively quickly. I understand that doesn't help if they're causing redness but just wanted to say I sympathise.

I have heard of having them treated with liquid nitrogen, however this can be traumatic and can cause scarring. I also don't think this prevents further outbreaks and is more to eliminate current outbreaks.

#12 SFmummyto3

Posted 11 January 2020 - 09:51 PM

My dd had this for ages it was awful and nothing I tried worked. Was pretty desperate and then read about a cream which I bought and it worked a charm! Dr Wheatgrass Recovery cream. Was the only thing that helped them disappear. I also had success on another dd when she caught some spots too.

#13 FearsomeFeralFreak

Posted 11 January 2020 - 10:13 PM

My DS had them for years, popping up all over the place. They were itchy and drive him and us crazy. One day at kung fu his instructor saw him scratching one and called him over. He had a look at all of them, said they were easy to fix, squeezed one and pulled the core out with tweezers.
DS said it hurt but was happy one was gone. 2 weeks later they had all disappeared leaving no marks at all!

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