Molluscum Contagiosum - do you squeeze and pop or not?
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molloscum contagiosum is no laughing matter yet many young children will suffer from it at some stage in their childhood. As a parent be prepared with the remedies now available. Curing molloscum contagiosum is now possible,
the confusing path to curing my kids of molloscum contagiosum
When I first spotted small hard white spots on my children I immediately became concerned as to the cause. Like nothing I had seen before these little spots seemed to have their own unpredictable agenda of starting on a leg, then spreading to an arm, onto the forehead and then a cluster in the armpit.
Puzzled by the cause and their innate ability to spread so quickly I brought both my children to the doctor. Now I should add in my first interaction with molloscum was about 6 years ago on my elder two children.
Off to the doctor we went and once called in we displayed these rather odd looking spots to the Doctor. Right away she identified these little spots, rapidly spreading across both my kids we in fact Molluscum contagiosum .
"Ok" I thought to myself "am seriously going to have lots of fun sounding intelligent with my family and friends saying this phrase, once - that is - I have grasped how to say it without sounding like some sort of alien life form which has accidentally landed on planet earth. After getting my tongue around Molluscum contagiosum (not literally) I dropped the name of it to "Molluscum" - my new adversary.
When we discussed Molluscum contagiosum and causes etc I asked about getting rid of it and at that time - 6 years ago the medical opinion was quote "this is the only thing we recommend you squeeze. Once you have popped the spot it will start to heal then disappear!".
For me this was like Christmas coming early. "Yes, Yes, Yes" I declared inside as I am a devout 'squeezer' of almost anything squeezable. Spots, blackheads you name it I'll squeeze it. Yucky I know however c'est la vie, this is how the good lord has made me so I really cannot help it.
The other option was to have them removed via a "burning off" technique at which both my kids looked with horror and said "Mummy you have to squeeze them". Again while I presented a serious, concerned parent face to the doctor, I simple could not wait to get home and start my squeezing sessions!
I could almost hear the magnificient sound pattern "squeeze, POP, squeeeeeeeze POP, Squeeze Pop" with the occasional yelp from my afflicted children as they listened to my "darling I have to do this, you heard what the doctor said!".
I carried out this "rescue mission" for my two kids, although my other half who is also a "pyscho squeezer" muscled in a few times and pretty soon Molluscum contagiosum was no more. Gone, Kaput - we had squeezed it into obliteration - zapped off the planet!!
My daughter did have a cluster on her leg which were almost like a sunflower in the way they presented themselves - big bud was the one in the middle and smaller ones peppered around it like petals and to date she still has a mark where the "sunflower" once embedded itself.
Six years on and I find my youngest with the same presentation of Molluscum contagiosum under her arm and around her back. Ok I thought we know this is Molluscum contagiosum however as she has very sensitive skin and where it was situated, there was going to be a lot of yelping and shrieking if we had to do any squeezing at all.
Off to our medical centre and there we met a doctor who took one look and said "Oh yes I agree it is Molluscum contagiosum". I smiled smugly and said "Yes we have had to deal with this before. Now I know I should be squeezing them however..."
The doctor silenced me immediately with his interjection "Never squeeze Molluscum contagiosum - this will only serve to help them spread. No, no, no, you have to leave them to disappear in their own time".
I was horrified to hear such extremely different advice. I explained the advice of previous doctor and was advised this was no longer the case and nothing should be touched.
I felt somewhat disappointed as the ones of my young ones back were ripe for the squeezing yet I knew the ones under her arm would have been agony to do any more of manipulation to remove them so I realised with no anonymous support group existing for people "who want to stop squeezing" then the new battle with molluscum contagiosum would take on a whole new form.
In addition the doctor told me as her skin was so dry I should moisturise the area and this would help with the itching under her armpit!
I did this only to be back at the medical centre due to a rapid spread in the Molluscum contagiosum within weeks. Only to be told by another doctor that under no circumstances should I have been advised to moisturise the raw, dry skin as this was only providing the Molluscum contagiosum with an even more tempting and easy breeding ground!
"Holy Moly when is the advice going to make sense!" was the polite version of what I was really thinking.
I went home and decided to do my damnedest to not touch and hopefully see them disappear. That was months ago and although they are starting to clear I have taken my youngest to an expensive appointment with a mineral biologist who prescribed tablets magcal and echinacea for a period of time to help the dry skin and the Molluscum contagiosum but while there was a subtle change in the dry skin overall there was no cure. They have now presented themselves for a great deal longer than my other two childrens bout and some look like they are spreading to new areas!
At the height of this bout one of the spots bled and became infected and I ended up having to get a prescription of antibiotics. The results of this were unbelievable as within a day the infected Molluscum contagiosum begane to release the contents in what can only be described as jaw dropping proportions. We could only look and stare at her back in the bath as a long string like yellow substance emanated from this spot. The spot soon scabbed up and disappeared. This has not happened to the others and although some have gone it has been a slow process with a lot of itching for my child
To date the Molluscum contagiosum have started to scab and heal in some areas, those prone to being more damp, dark areas are still hanging on by their Molluscum contagiosum fingernails but I'm sure they will eventually disappear.
I guess my message is this, there are many more cures and information available today about Molluscum contagiosum so if your child has this diagnosed, make sure you make an informed choice about how it is treated and treat it asap.
I still swear by the "squeeze, pop" technique however this is completely frowned upon now. Other people I know have bought "potions" online and her daughters bout cleared in within weeks, rather than months, therefore it is different strokes for different folks.
Never share and always wash the towels after each bath or shower of your child who has the molloscum contagiosum. It is a pain in the a** the amount of laundry this will generate however finding it spreading across their bodies or worse still to you or the rest of your family does not bear thinking about.
Make your own decision as a parent with a child who has this condition however molluscum contagiosum is as hard to eradicate (with no treatment) as it is to pronounce it properly first time you attempt to say it.