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#1 Brat

Posted 05 January 2004 - 10:54 AM

Does anyone's toddlers have these?  And more importantly does anyone have any miracle cures - lol!

My nearly 2yr old DD has had them for a good 7 months now and they are EVERYWHERE!  They are all very red, pusey, and extremly sore.

The pead has said there is nothing I can do and they should disappear soon and that when they are swollen and sore (like they are) it means they are clearing up, the thing is she is getting new ones everyday and last night woke up several times saying they were sore.

She wont let me near them (I squeezed one once and it hurt so much she doesn't trust me to even put a bandaid on now).

They are mainly on her stomach to her naval and right arm to her elbow but this morning I noticed 1 on her leg and 1 on her eyelid so it looks like we are having another outbreak.

My 3yr old DD has about 6 tiny ones you can't notice and they haven't spread or become sore, swollen etc.

Any advice would be appreciated and to know I'm not alone (no-one else I know has seen them like this and strangers comment daily).


Julie 27
Dave 29
Minnie (Jasmine) 15/11/00
Bear (Sarah)  14/01/02
TTC#3 when it happens!

#2 itsdanielle

Posted 09 January 2004 - 07:47 PM

Hi Julie
sorry this reply is late, but yes I sure know what you mean about this awful skin virus. My son has had it about ten months or so and they are spreading, my gp said they should go away but they have not. Some have become infected people ask what they are and look horrified at the sight but I say theres nothing you can do about them. The only thing they can do is pop them one by one and remove the pus jewel inside to stop them spreading if they do not clear up on their own. Iam taking my son to the doctors next week where this will be done and it will probably take a long time and alot of screaming.
I will let you know how it went you might want to do the same thing. Good luck

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#3 jactela

Posted 11 January 2004 - 12:04 AM

hi i had these myself when i was 10. They were all over my back, stomach and under my arms. The dr put me in hospital for the day and burnt them off under general anaesthetic. Ive still got 3 under my arms, 17 years later. The only problem they  cause me now is when i shave. Talk to your dr about it.

Any way hope that helps

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#4 chele4

Posted 13 January 2004 - 06:25 AM

Dear Julie and all the other sufferers of teses mysterious "spots"  I THINK I HAVE FOUND THE CURE

My ds 3 yr old  has had this mollescu dadada for 1 year now end we have tried everything anyway after not wanting to get each one (he has about 50) pluck out we decided to search the net and came across this american company that has developed this stuff called "viruside" developed only for mollescu dadada.  Well we put our order in before xmas and got this stuff delivered just last week ($35 US delivered)  and I was just coming into this site to post a message about this stuff when I saw your post.... well after just a week I have notice a huge improvement the "spots" seem to be drying out and shrinking my son was very excited to recieve his package with the "magic medicine" in and lies quite happily while we tickle his spots with it, he does say that it feels a little hot but not so uncomfortable that he won't lie there.  So I think we finally have the cure and hoping within another week it will hopefully be cleared up.  The product is all natual and smells like tea tree oil.  DS spots were qutie severe all over tummy legs and arm but hopefully now will be cleared up.  If you would all like to email me I will keep you posted and lket you know if it really does work or you could just go directly to this site and see all the othetr results for yourself... http://www.molluscum-contagiosum.net/ anyway good luck with it all I am happy to keep in contact with you to let you know our progress good luck.

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#5 Brat

Posted 13 January 2004 - 08:49 AM

Thanks for the replies ladies - I know they are common but I feel alone in this!

Danni - Please do let me know how your son goes at the doctors - my DD wont let doctors take her temperature so popping them would be impossible - plus she has more then I can count so we'd be there all week - lol!  At the stage where I'm willing to do anything though....

Jactela - I cant believe you still have some, that scares me and makes me wonder if they will ever actually go or just continue spreading.  I'd say 60% of Sarah's body is covered now, and as of yesterday they are moving towards her genital region.

Michele - Thanks for this information, I have been searching the net for awhile now pouring over all the information but so far the only 'cure' I have found is a machine worth $299 US!!  Let me know how it goes and I'll definately be checking out that link!

I was thinking of ringing a naturapath today - anything is worth a try at this stage, I'm so worried now she has one on her face!  Also am sick of hearing the word 'ouch' allll day - poor little darling!

Fingers crossed one of the abovementioned 'cures' works.  Please keep me posted and thanks again for your help.

Julie 27
Dave 29
Minnie (Jasmine) 15/11/00
Bear (Sarah)  14/01/02
TTC#3 when it happens!

#6 itsdanielle

Posted 13 January 2004 - 01:20 PM

Hi everyone

that cream you have sounds promising I like Julie will try anything I really dont want to have Lachlans popped at the doctors or frozen off under a general in hospital. I will email you if thats ok to get some details etc so I can order.

you sound as if you are at your witts end, yes its awful to see them in pain, maybe you should try for this cream also. Lachlan has not been to the doctors yet the appointment is Friday I will ask about the cream though if my Gp has heard of it, I will let you know. Lachlans have also spread to the genital area which scares me, he is also very affraid of going to doctors about them.

I will keep in touch Danni

#7 seahorse

Posted 13 January 2004 - 03:29 PM

My step daughter who we see once a fortnight had this and it was getting worse and worse. The doctor said there was too many to do anything about but eventually her mum heard about some new treatment cream she could get from the Childrens Hospital here in Melbourne. She got a jar and after we all applied it for a few weeks they started to really clear up and she now has none left at all.

I have no idea what it was called or from where in the hospital it came from but if anyone checks it out and isn't able to find it there, I could get DH to ring his ex to get the info.

They were pretty awful so it was a relief to see them all go.

Good luck!



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#8 Brat

Posted 23 January 2004 - 02:58 PM

Well I have just received my bottle of Virucide and will be starting tonight - quite excited actually!

How are all you other ladies going - are the spots going?

Sarah's have spread onto her face and vagina and they seem to be bleeding afair bit (noticing it on her clothes) but the ones on her body actually seem to be going - she looks very bruised and scarred though.

I'll start off with her new ones (especially her face) and report back how it's going - also Jasmine seems to be getting quite a few now but hers are all white so not very noticeable!

Fingers crossed!!

Jill if this doesn't work and Sarah's pead doesnt offer anything when we go back next month I'd love to know what the name of the cream you used on you DSD thanks.

Julie 27
Dave 29
Minnie (Jasmine) 15/11/00
Bear (Sarah)  14/01/02
TTC#3 when it happens!

#9 Brat

Posted 25 March 2004 - 04:06 PM

Just thought I'd do an update here if anyone is interested!  I used the Virucide for about 2 weeks and am over the moon to say that every single one has gone!!!!

She looks wonderful a little bit of scarring and holes but nothing major!

Thanks again everyone and I hope you are all having some success as well.

Julie 27
Dave 29
Minnie (Jasmine) 15/11/00
Bear (Sarah)  14/01/02
TTC#3 when it happens!

#10 Guest_Eccles_*

Posted 26 March 2004 - 01:33 PM


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#11 lisa_ellan

Posted 28 September 2004 - 09:29 PM

I found this discussion some time ago while looking for answers, so here is my experience since the.  My GP told me not to worry about my sons spots, that they would go away in a few months.   I went seeking more answers when they did not, but kept spreading.  My FP gave me a referal and not much else (other than horror stories about burning them off).  I was not keen on waiting, so I started looking on the internet.  I ended up in the US, after seeking whatever information I could find and used Viruside (aka ZymaDerm) with positive results but also redness, so we had to spell from using this.  We also got into the dermitologist at the Royal Childrens Hospital in Victoria.  At this stage they spots had improved, we had used the Viruside and squeezed the cores (both hurt my son, but he was a brave little trooper).  The Dermitologist used Cantaharadin (also spelt Cantharidin) on my son and said that this should be a one hit treatment given that he was already on the mend.  If you are interested on information about this and all other treatments, this site is GREAT http://dermatology.cdlib.org/92/reviews/molluscum/diven.html
In short, if the Molluscum is spreading and you are worried get on to a good dermatologist that will help you.  I know that it is not life threatening, but who wants their kids to be know as 'that kid with the spots' that no one wants to play with.  It did not come to that for us, but left untreated who knows where we would be now.

For those who know nothing about Molluscum, it lives and spreads in water (baths, pools, damp towles etc..) so showering is better than bathing (the dermitogist advised that bathing actually spreads it), always use clean towels/face washers etc..and keep everything wet that the infected touch seperate from the rest of the family.   I hope that this experience and info helps!

Gook luck to all.  original.gif

#12 lfleisher

Posted 10 November 2004 - 02:03 AM

I just wanted an update on your molluscum
"battle".  My 5 year old son has been diagnosed
with molluscum.  I've been researching frantically
for days after deciding NOT to let my doctor scrape
them off.  The dr. said nothing about them going
away on their own.  I found that after all my
research.  I ordered the zymaderm (virucide) and
am expecting it today.  Any words of advice you can
offer would be appreciated.

#13 Brat

Posted 10 November 2004 - 11:40 AM

Hi Have sent you a PM, but the Virucide worked 100% for us - neither of the girls have any, infact it took 2 weeks!!

Totally painless and quick - can't rave about it enough!!!!

Good luck, I hope it works aswell for you as it did for us!!

Julie 28
Dave 30
Minnie (Jasmine) 15/11/00
Bear (Sarah)  14/01/02

#14 jamara

Posted 12 November 2004 - 07:14 AM

Arghhhh...we've been battling this for almost 12 months now  sad.gif  !!  We've been to the doctor several times and every time we get the same useless answer..."nothing you can do, just wait for it to pass" !!  I did buy the Virucide but unfortunately it hasn't really done anything...maybe I'm doing something wrong  :quest: !!

Our next step is to see a dermatolgist but we can't get in until January.  I was really hoping to have it all cleared up by the time the warm weather hit so it doesn't affect DD's swimming etc.

What is everyone else doing for bathing?  We've been told to keep DD out of the bath to stop it from spreading but seeing as she's had it so long and she loves having a bath, it seems almost cruel to make her take a shower all the time sad.gif !!

I'm just one very frustrated Mummy who is praying for a a miracle answer :quest:

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#15 Brat

Posted 12 November 2004 - 09:41 AM

Hi Cindy - sorry the virucide didnt work for you!  I know you have to be pretty strict with applying it, with Sarah we did it 2-3 times a day without fail and they were gone in 2 weeks (they swell up, get worse, pop and disappear - make sure you dont spread the blood as that makes more!).  Jasmine's weren't so bad but were on her face, I applied the virucide only when I remembered and it took much longer (but still only a month or 2!).

I didnt do anything different in regards to bathing etc, its just too hard for such a long period of time!

I can only say what worked for us.  Good luck!  Hope something helps!

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Dave 30
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Bear (Sarah)  14/01/02

#16 mumandloveit

Posted 12 November 2004 - 04:01 PM


Our daughters had molluscum when we picked them up from their orphange in Ethiopia, it is a
virus that is very common. It often affects
when the immune system is down and apparently is also quite contagious.

It is passed on quite easily apparently however I never caught them from my girls. Our paediatrician in Australia said they are actually quite common here in summer when kids are all swimming down the local pool!!

We were told a number of ways to remove them.

Firstly - you can use a needle to break the surface and then squeeze out the core - if you do not remove the core you will not remove the problem :gasp:

secondly - you can try squeezing like a big pimple to get the core out - this hurts! :gasp:  :mad:

Thirdly - and the way we did it with the ones that were not on the face is to put leukosilk tape on the moluscum, leave it on for a week and pull it off in the bath. It makes it go all soft and mushy
and the core just pulls out - or it is easy to squeeze out painlessly. I have tried all of these as well as using nail varnish and herbs which had been recomended to treat the Moluscum and this was found this was t he most effective and painfree treatment for my girls who were aged 4years old and 10 month old at the time. original.gif   original.gif

Leukosilk is a white hospital tape that I assume is made out of silk rather than paper or whatever normal tape is made of. It is quite cheap and we by it from the pharmacy for about $5. blush.gif

I have been told you need to get rid of all the cores to erradicate from the body. We did this and we have had no problems with it coming back. I have been told it will dissapear eventually on its - although it can look yuck in the meantime!!

Hope this helps  wink.gif Tounge1.gif


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DD 7ish  
DD 3.5
DS 1

#17 lfleisher

Posted 13 November 2004 - 01:45 AM

I have not started using the virucide yet.  It has not
arrived.  I have, however, done some things
differently and have noticed a big difference.  I only
let my son take showers, just in case the bath has
been making it spread.  When he has been
asleep, I have popped some of the sores, gotten
the white stuff out, applied neopsporin and covered
with a bandaid.  I have also applied zinc oxide, this
seems to dry it up.  Keep in mind, his break is only
in the crease of his knees and some on the back
of his legs.  This ordeal has made me almost sick.  
I've worried about it spreading to more noticeable
areas.  I'm just glad I didn't have them scraped,
because that would have been a nightmare.  He
wouldn't even let me poke one with a needle!  I've
also started giving him gummy vitamins with
echinacea.  I read that on the internet too, it will
boost his immune system to help fight off the virus.  
I think the main thing you can do it to try to keep
them from scratching and opening up the sore to
spread elsewhere.  Hope some of this helps.  I
know what you are going through.  Oh, I prayed a
lot, too!!


#18 mumandloveit

Posted 14 November 2004 - 01:09 PM

Hi Lori,

I would really suggest the leukosilk tape. It clears them up in 7 days and is pain free. It brings the white core to the surface and they just pull out with the tape when you pull it off in the bath - those that dont pull out you can easily squeeze out pain free. It worked wonders on all my children.

The vitamins are a good idea. It does affect children more when their immune system is low.

Don't be too frustrated, they are not dangerous, just a bit ugly.

Get the tape and give it a go - I am sure you will find it the cheapest, quickest and easiest treatment.


It's not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It's not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.
Mother Teresa

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DH 33
DD 7ish  
DD 3.5
DS 1

#19 Jeneral

Posted 16 November 2004 - 07:59 PM

My son Dyllan has had his 'spots' for nearly a year now - they are stable (as in dont pop or bleed), but have started to spread a little.

I dont like my chances of cutting out his bath - he hates showers but given the warts are not weeping I am presuming this is ok!

I bought some lukosilk today and have put a 3in strip which covers the worst of the spots so I will let you know how it goes..

one question for Teri -- does this method leave a scar??  And how do you tell if the core is out??  lol sorry, that was two questions!

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#20 mumandloveit

Posted 16 November 2004 - 08:14 PM

My daughter had scars left on the back of her neck ( she had about 20 there) but they went after about 6 months so very superficial, on her thighs and tors it left no scar.

When you pull the tape of in the bath after a week you will see the white cores on the tape - if they are not there give a very gentle squeeze. It will not hurt and the fact they are all mushy from being under the tape all week the cores come out super easy!!

Let me know how it goes - we found it to work fantastically.

It's not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It's not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.
Mother Teresa

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DH 33
DD 7ish  
DD 3.5
DS 1

#21 lfleisher

Posted 17 November 2004 - 04:51 AM

My son does have very dry skin, especially in the
winter, in the area that these bumps are located.  
As long as these bumps are on there, do you think
I should avoid the lotion?  I'm afraid of aggrevating
them, yet the skin around the area is dry.    I've
been using Lubriderm for Seriously Sensitive skin.  
Any suggestions?


#22 shaz3

Posted 17 November 2004 - 06:07 AM

My 2 older children had these about 5 years ago.  Our GP told us to use iodine, just a dab on each with a cotton bud.  This helped dry them out and kill the germ.  It stung just a little, not so much that they wouldn't let me do it, and they cleared up within a month or so.  Also, to avoid the mess, there is a colourless iodine available.


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#23 mumandloveit

Posted 17 November 2004 - 08:15 AM

Myy daughter had very sensitive skin and heaps of mulluscum, I used to douse her in baby oil and other hand creme with no problem spreading the molluscum, I also bathed both girls in the same bath and did not seem to have any problem in them spreading.

It is important to get the kids healthy, it is a virus and does attack while the immune system is down so give lots of good food an multivitimins.

It's not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It's not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.
Mother Teresa

Me 31
DH 33
DD 7ish  
DD 3.5
DS 1

#24 mumandloveit

Posted 30 November 2004 - 09:01 AM

How did the Molluscum go? Did the tape work? I hope so we found it fantastic.

#25 Jeneral

Posted 03 December 2004 - 04:53 PM

Do you have to leave the tape on the whole week???

Little bugger keeps taking it off for his bath!  I've tried to convince him three times now but he takes it off the second my back is turned!

Would it still work if I just put a new strip of tape on every day for the seven days????

If not, i might try the iodine...

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