Question by love my lil girl: My daughter has Molluscum contagiousm, I am so irritated?
My poor baby has Molluscum contagiousm. Its a viral infection causing blisters that look like warts.
Fathers day weekend she had a fever and was irritable. I thought she was teething or had an ear infection, so I took her to the doctor the next day, they presscribed her some antibiotics and she seemed to feel better. at the end of the week though, i noticed a couple blisters.
She had about 5 blisters last friday, i thought it was chicken pox, but we took her to the doc and they said it was some kind of viral infection and they didn’t know what kind. This week she has more than doubled the amount of blisters. After searching and searching i have come to the conclusion that it is Molluscum contagious. They look just like all the pics that come up on the medical sites. they dont itch, they dont bother her, they are just ugly. Unfortunately the medical sites say that the docs wont do anything and that we’ll have to wait it out for up to two years.
I am irritated because her father and I purposely kept her out of day care so she wouldn’t get these kinds of things. She stays home with her father all day when I am at work. He takes her to the park frequently, like 3-4 times per week so she has exercise and fresh air. She is only 1 1/2. When we go to the stores i can see parents looking at her wondering what the blisters are. Parents at the parks don’t want their children to play with her because they think she is diseased. My poor little girl, I want the bumps frozen so they wont spread anymore but the doc wants us to wait for 2 years before they will do anything.
I have no idea where she got it either. She is not in daycare and usually doesn’t come in direct contact, physical contact with other kids. She does go to the park frequently and to target about 3 times a week with her father and I. that’s it though.
We are super clean people. I bath or shower her everyday, sometimes twice a day. I clean our entire apartment every week, with disinfectants and antibacterials. i use lysol constantly on her toys, and she only wears her clothes once and then i wash them. nothing is dirty around her.
Has anyone else’s child or children have Molluscum contagious? What did you do for treatment? Any advice?
Answer by Cherry Limeade
Treatment for molluscum contagiosum is not always mandatory. The lesions often disappear by themselves and heal without scarring unless infected by bacteria. Removal of lesions reduces the rate of spread to other people as well as from one part of the body to another, which happens by touching the lesions (called autoinoculation). Genital lesions in adults should be treated in order to prevent spread through sexual contact.
The most popular treatments are scraping of the lesions (called curettage) or removal using heat (called cautery) or cold (called cryotherapy, a procedure performed with liquid nitrogen).
Your doctor may prescribe some of the following creams to be applied to the lesions:
* trichloroacetic acid,
* topical podophyllotoxin cream (such as Condylox), which is derived from plant resins,
* cantharidin (Cantharone, obtained from the blister beetle), applied by the doctor,
* imiquimod (Aldara), a topical cream that works by boosting the immune system (Although this drug is currently approved only for treatment of genital warts, it has been found to be effective against MC and can be applied at home.),
* cimetidine (Tagamet), the antiulcer and antiheartburn medication (This drug has been reported to be useful in the treatment of MC, though it has not officially been approved by the FDA for the treatment of MC.), or
* cidofovir (Vistide), used through IV for eye infections in people with AIDS (This drug has been shown to be effective when applied topically to severe MC lesions, though this has not officially been approved by the FDA for the treatment of MC).
Molluscum Contagiosum – Treatment Overview
Treatment for molluscum contagiosum is not always needed because most bumps will go away within 2 to 4 months, although they may last longer. But if bumps are visible or embarrassing, or in order to prevent their spread, you may want them removed. Removal or other treatment is recommended for bumps in the genital area.
Treatment varies depending on your age and health and the location of the bumps. There has been little research on how well any of the treatments work or how they compare to each other.5
Nonprescription treatment includes:
* Salicylic acid. You apply this nonprescription medicine directly to the bumps. It is usually not painful and is often regarded as the first treatment to try.4
Self-administered prescription medicine includes:
* Imiquimod, a form of immunotherapy. Immunotherapy triggers your immune system to fight the virus causing the skin growth. Imiquimod is applied 3 times a week, left on the skin for 6 to 10 hours, and washed off. A course may last from 4 to 16 weeks. Small studies have shown that it is successful about 80% of the time.6
* Topical medicines such as podofilox (Condylox) and tretinoin (Avita, Renova). These medicines are put directly on the bumps. Podofilox is more often used in the treatment of genital warts.
Treatment by your doctor includes:
* Manual extrusion. Viral material is removed by squeezing the bumps with fingers or a forceps. This is done carefully by a doctor to avoid scarring and to keep the infection from spreading.
* Curettage. The viral material in the center of the bump is scraped out. A local or topical anesthetic can be used to numb the area. A small scraping instrument called a curette is used to quickly remove the bumps. This procedure is very effective and not too painful. It may cause scarring.
* Topical medicines. Your doctor applies a chemical to the bumps. This destroys the top layers of the skin, allowing a new layer to form. When the chemical is applied, you may feel a burning sensation. Side effects may include mild scarring. How often and how long the chemical is applied will vary. Chemicals used include trichloroacetic acid, podophyllin resin, potassium hydroxide, and cantharidin. Trichloroacetic acid is often used in people with a weak immune system. Cantharidin causes the bumps to blister and go away. It may cause pain as the blister develops. Cantharidin is considered safe and effective.7
* Cryotherapy. The bump is frozen with liquid nitrogen. A local anesthetic may be used to numb the area. The liquid nitrogen is sprayed or applied with a cotton-tip applicator for 5 or more seconds. This procedure usually is not too painful, is not as likely as curettage to cause scarring, and usually is effective. Often, more than one treatment is needed.
* Laser surgery. Bumps can be removed through laser surgery.
Treatment is not always needed for children because molluscum contagiosum usually goes away on its own. Whether to treat depends on many factors. For example, if a bump is near a child’s eye, it may be treated to prevent conjunctivitis-or it may not be treated, to avoid possible eye damage. Pain caused by treatment and the pot
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