Molluscum

24 Apr

I had never heard of the highly contagious virus called molluscum until I went to Africa.  There is no cure for it, but there are homeopathic remedies of one kind or another.  Many children we saw in Ethiopia had molluscum on their skin (faces).  They look like worts and are VERY hard to get rid of, but go away over the course of childhood.  Many parents have had the dermatologist scrape them off which makes the molluscum 10x worse.  Our daughter  had three of them on her foot.  They bothered her when wearing certain shoes.  I’m not a doctor, but I play one at home.  I tried the squeeze method which swelled up her entire foot.  I decided to buy “snake oil” medicine off the internet called Zymaderm.  I’ve put it on 2x a day for exactly one month.  I’ve seen a huge improvement in the size of the virus!

BEFORE
AFTER
It does dry out the surrounding skin.  I’m still using it on her toes.
Our friend, Zymaderm!  It doesn’t burn or hurt in anyway.  And our daughter is ALL SMILES about her foot!
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3 Responses to “Molluscum”

  1. Kay April 24, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    Our daughter has the lovely Molluscum too. Hers have been on her face and neck. Our local doctor says kids here in the U.S. get Molluscum all the time too. I have heard it takes about 12-18 months for them to run its course.

    Side note-Love the colorful painted toes. So cute!

  2. jsloniger April 25, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    Thanks for info on successful treatment of Molluscum for your daughter. It’s good to know. I have had several friends whose kids (by birth) contracted Molluscum from playmates and at school. It’s pretty common since kids often share items like clothing and towels, etc.

    If people are interested in more information about Molluscom they can follow this link to the Mayo Clinic : http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/molluscum-contagiosum/ds00672

  3. sko3 July 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    interesting. Our dermatologist removed my daughter’s mollescum through beetle juice. It was painless, and the mollescum went away quickly with no dry skin or itching. We are 8 months symptom free.

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