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Molluscum treatment

December 4, 2010

I’ve made the mistake of reading up more about Molluscum, and hearing some people talk about their kids with hundreds of the things all over their bodies, with cases lasting up to 5 years has got me freaked out.  Untreated, each of the lesions only lasts for 6-8 weeks but when they burst they can spread the virus around and more show up – taking months or years to completely disappear.

More of a concern is that there doesn’t seem to be much out there to cure it.  Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital recommends irritating them by covering them with leukosilk tape for a few days and then stripping it off (and hopefully the core of the pustules), or with application of benzol peroxide.  Some people have even been squeezing them to get the contents out – yuck!  All of that seems to risk scarring, eczema, bleeding and discomfort.  And in the heat of summer mummifying The Bee’s ass in medical strapping tape doesn’t really seem such a good idea.

There’s apparently a good cream containing imiquimod available only from the RCH pharmacy (via prescription) which helps prevent the spread, but everything I’ve read seems to suggest trying low-intervention methods first, particularly on small kiddies.  So we’re giving it a few weeks to see how we go, and then we might get a script to get a dose of the cream.

So, in the meantime we are:

  • Treating topically with tea tree oil ( supposed to reduce growth and spread of lesions), and I found a cream which combines TTO and Vitamin E which we’re using at each nappy change.
  • Wiki also mentions that a study has shown Australian Lemon Myrtle to be effective, so we’re going to look around for that.
  • Showering her, not bathing her – the lesions can pop in the bath and the virus can float around and spread to other body parts.  I’m OK with it in the nappy, but really want to avoid her getting it anywhere else.
  • Changing towels and pjs after each use, and washing in a hot water wash with Canesten.
  • We’re not sharing towels with her either, and Miss N is getting changed in a separate place to minimise the chance of her getting it too.
  • Washing hands carefully (or using hand sanitiser) any time we deal with nappies, although we were doing that anyway.

We’re most likely not going to stop her swimming though over the long term – I checked the CDC website and they aren’t recommending complete ban on pool use since they’re not sure whether the virus can be transmitted through the water.  If we do take her, there are some additional things we might need to do like using waterproof bandages over any open lesions, so we might wait a few weeks and see if we can reduce the number she has to make this easier.

But the big decision I need to make is whether to stick to my plan of weaning her by the end of the year so we can start IVF in the new year.  A strong immune system seems to be the best defence against the molluscum, and breastmilk is the best thing for a baby’s immune system.  But she’s only on 2 feeds a day now, so I need to weigh up the pros and cons.

4 Jan 2010:

Just wanted to provide an update; we sourced some Lemon Myrtle oil from a health food shop (special order, but not hard for them to get, and lots of sources online otherwise), and diluted this down to around 10% with a mix of jojoba and rose hip oil. Applied at each nappy change with a cotton bud, and we also put a few drops in her nappy wipe spray and use a bar of Lemon Myrtle soap in the shower.

A week into it, and we think it’s made a huge difference to both the speed at which the pustules have cycled, but also seems to have prevented (so far) any new ones showing up. Around about 8 large ones and 8 tiny ones just healing up now, and in a week or two we’ll get a good idea of how much longer we can expect this to be hanging around.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. katery permalink
    December 4, 2010 3:30 pm

    based on what i read it seems like it is most common for the blister or sore to get better without treatment within six to twelve months, sounds like the longer lasting ones are worst case scenarios, so i bet bee’s will get better fairly quickly. good luck!!

  2. December 15, 2010 2:48 am

    oh I so feel for you and Miss Bee, I really hope it clears up quickly

  3. Chris permalink
    May 24, 2013 10:25 pm

    I hoping that your little one has been long free of the molluscum. Just wonderig how long it took. Thanks!

    • The Barreness permalink*
      May 24, 2013 10:30 pm

      She’s 3 1/2 now, and I think she took almost a year to clear? It’s getting a little fuzzy now, but she started toilet training in late 2011 and it was well gone by then. All good other than some very minor scarring that is not noticeable unless you know what you are looking for. Hope you have a short run with it!

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