A while ago, I wrote about our household drama with molluscum contagiosum. For those who are not aware of this horrible disease, molluscum contagiosum is a very popular, very easily transferable virus, especially among children. It sort of looks like a wart with a hollow point in the center. This makes it look sort of like a fleshy doughnut.
This disease is horrible for two reasons. First, you can come into contact with the virus, and it can remain dormant for up to three weeks before you notice any bumps. Second, there is no one treatment that works all the time. What works for one may not work for the other.
That was the case in my house. My two kids both had molluscum. After lots of trial and error, the oldest is cured while the youngest still has some bumps. Here’s more about the molluscum situation in my house.
What Did We Do?
If you’re a parent of a child with molluscum, you’re probably wondering what we did. I can remember scrolling through articles on the internet, desperate to find a new treatment to try. Especially as kindergarten drew closer and closer, I didn’t want my child going to school with a highly contagious, easily transferable virus.
We lucked out. After trying what felt like everything under the sun, we finally went to the dermatologist. He prescribed Molluscum Rx. It worked like a charm.
Here’s what my child’s ankle looked like when we started Molluscum Rx, and here’s what it looks like now.
Within just a few weeks, my oldest child’s molluscum began to clear up. Although the bumps disappeared, he still has some dark spots on his ankle where a large cluster of molluscum had been. I’m happy to report that every single molluscum is gone–for him.
Unfortunately, my younger child didn’t have the same luck. We tried the Molluscum Rx on him, and his body really didn’t care. There was no impact from this medicine.
Luckily, he responds really well to Perfectly Posh‘s Healer Stick. We use the stick any time we find a bump on him, and the little bumps go away within a day or so. Unfortunately, the little one is still fighting two molluscum and has a new molluscum-related issue.
A New Development
Somewhere in the mid-point of our treatment course, my sister-in-law (who had recently successfully treated all the molluscum on my niece with essential oils) informed me that kids who have had a bad case of molluscum will have skin tags show up in that area. This means that the molluscum may have been gone for months, but you’ll start to see skin tags.
These skin tags are just a version of molluscum. They should be treated exactly as you treated your molluscum, and they will go away.
Sure enough, after a bath one night, I noticed a skin tag in the crease of my little one’s elbow. It freaked me out! Right away, I started inspecting him.
Because he responds so well to the Healer Stick, I practically rubbed that all over his body. I kid you not, in two days, the skin tag and any little red bumps that I found were gone.
My Action Plan
My primary goal is to ensure that my oldest remains molluscum-free. The secondary goal is to get rid of the two remaining molluscum on my youngest.
Every night, I look over the kids after bath time. I search for any signs of bumps (red or fleshy) and skin tags. If I find anything, I get them covered with Healer Stick.
Then, I wait and watch. So far, any bumps that I’ve found have gone away after a couple of days, but I don’t feel safe. Truly, I feel like molluscum contagiosum could pop up and become an issues in our lives at any point in time. This is the virus that never ends.
Are you treating molluscum contagiosum? What are you doing? Let us know in the comments below.