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7 Year Old Has Molluscum (Wart Virus)

My seven year old has had some pimple like (white head) warts on her hip for four months. After noticing them, I took her into the pediatrician and found out that it was Molluscum, which is a virus. Harmless, but more of a nuisance. She gave us some cream (RetinA) and we tried it out. They have spread to the inside of her thighs. The RetinA worked on a few, but they multiplied more than they went away! It's been four months since we've seen the Dr., so we've finally decided to see Dermatologist. She verified that it was in fact Molluscum and said I can let it runs it's course, which could be up to 2 years, or I could use a cream called Aldera, or have them frozen off. I chose the cream, because I would never want to intentionally put her through pain by freezing them!! I came home, looked up Aldera cream and found it to have many side effects on people who have used the cream. Most people have had flu-like symptoms, some had huge blisters and some were allergic. One site even said it wasn't meant for children! So, I will not be using the Aldera cream on her! The one good thing is, they don't bother her, at all. I have tried a few things at home. I've used tee tree oil, vitamin E and recently tried a mixture of oatmeal and yogurt! I haven't used the last remedy enough to notice a differnce just yet, but wondered if anyone else has dealt with this and if you have any suggestions! I'd prefer not to use any medication or chemicals. This virus use to be called "water warts" because Dr.'s thought it was transmitted through swimming pools. I'd like her to get rid of it so she can swim this summer! Thanks in advance!

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Hi L.,

BOTH my children had these! Just like warts, they are actually contagious. The warts, however, are NOT the problem. So, lubing them up or freezing them off will not solve the real problem.

The real problem is that she has an acidic body and over growth of yeast internally. You need to modify her diet to include more alkaline foods and fewer acid ones. You may also need to do a yeast cleanse.

I am a Holistic Health & Nutritional Consultant and am happy to help if you need assistance. Feel free to call my office at ###-###-#### or email me at ____@____.com of luck to you! :)

Warm Regards,
G. Van Luven
Healthy Habits Wellness Center, LLC

My son was 2 years old when he was diagnosed with Molluscum (contracted via daycare!) back in April of 2007 and was started on Aldara cream. I am not convinced that was he had was truly Molluscum, but the bumps were unsightly and would seem to break open if left untreated. To my knowledge, Aldara is supposed to work with the child's immune system to fight the disease since Molluscum is a virus. He had no side effects other than redness around the site(s) because, as my dermatologist told me, that is what happens when the cream is working and we need to stop applying it. The bumps did seem to clear up. Aldara gave me peace of mind and I am glad I used it.

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My 6 year old has had molluscum warts on her elbows for about a year and a half now and we did the same thing as you with research and many doctor visits. I finally gave up doing anything for the last year and they don't bother her so we are just waiting for them to go away. They haven't spread and neither of my other children have gotten them. I haven't even thought of them until I read your entry. It hasn't stopped her from doing anything, including swimming. Good luck!

Hi i have had these on my feet and fingers before and went to the docter they said it could lead to hpv so i decided to get them freezed off it stings but its better than having hpv

You might try pure coconut oil which is known for it's anti-fungal and healing properties. Also, tea-tree oil. Both can be foud at health food stores.

Here are some links I found for homeopathic cures - and even a product guaranteed to cure it:

http://www.forces-of-nature.org/Molluscum_Contagiousum/Mo...

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/ate/childrenshealth/200313.html

http://www.regenerativenutrition.com/content.asp?id=456

For more links - go to www.google.com and serch using, "natural Molluscum remedies"

Best,
C.

I didn't even finish reading your request because my son had this, too and I know what to tell you.

Go see a classical homeopath. After getting a proper diagnosis from my son's doc, I tried essential oils with minimal results. I then saw a classical homeopath who put him on his own personal "constitutional" remedy. Homeopathic remedies come from natural sources and are not medications or chemicals. You can read Every Parent's Guide to Homeopathy or what I thought was a better beginners book for me was The American Institute of Homeopathy Handbook for Parents by Shalts. These books will get you familiar with the process so you can decide if you want to go this route.

Anyway, my son's warts were GONE in 4 months and never returned. Also, he slept better and dealt with teething better. Bonus! (He was only 4 months when diagnosed)

Since then, I've read three books and treat 90% of all my family's illnesses with homeopathy (obviously, these are "first aid" type illnesses, nothing major). We never see the pediatrician.

Good luck,
B.

P.s. My pediatrician told me NOT to put the cream on my kid so I'm not so sure about your doc's advice.

I'm not sure this will help, but when I was 2 I used to have warts and parents tried all kinds of stuff to get rid of it, creams, and white stuff to put on it, home remedies. They didn't away until I was 7 years old. I guess it ran it's course. Don't know how they went away, but they did and they never bothered me either. They look really nasty, but i'm glad my parents didn't try to freeze them or anything, becuase I probably would have been tramatized.

Try Amylactin. Its a lotion. My son had it and this was the only thing that worked on it.

3 of my 4 kids have had Molluscum issues. Let it run it's course. The little white head inside is the part that is contagious. My husband has a Dr. side to him and he would carefully pick at them once in a while with a steril needle and tissue. Making sure that white heard did not touch anything... Not that I recommend that but it cured a few of them.
Recently my 7 year old son had them on his face (about 15 of them on his chin). I had him eat lots of bananas and within a few days there were ALL GONE ~ Seriously!!!
When I was young I had them on my face as well and the Dr. treated it with some cream that burt my face and it looked like I had a birth mark for a couple weeks ~ Avoid that route!!! TRY BANANAS!!!

I don't remember the freezing being painful at all. Since it does not require any medications and has no side affects, that is the route I might consider.

My son was 2 years old when he was diagnosed with Molluscum (contracted via daycare!) back in April of 2007 and was started on Aldara cream. I am not convinced that was he had was truly Molluscum, but the bumps were unsightly and would seem to break open if left untreated. To my knowledge, Aldara is supposed to work with the child's immune system to fight the disease since Molluscum is a virus. He had no side effects other than redness around the site(s) because, as my dermatologist told me, that is what happens when the cream is working and we need to stop applying it. The bumps did seem to clear up. Aldara gave me peace of mind and I am glad I used it.

My four year old has had warts for many years. His doctor said they are just warts...I tried Melaleuca Oil (tea tree oil) and at first it seemed to shrink. But then it started spreading (getting little white like pimples all around his wart on his leg) so I stopped it. I was afraid I was spreading it. But then it started growing bigger again once I stopped using the oil. I used regular wart remover from the store but he cries every time I put it on. He says it hurts him. I'm sure I'm not much help but I may try the Melaleuca Oil again. I was putting it on him at night before bed and putting Mela-gel on it too. It seemed to shrink it but it took a while. If he has what your child has then maybe it wasn't the Melaleuca Oil that was spreading it. You can get those products directly from Melaleuca "The Wellness Company." Melaleuca.com Or you can go to the health food store and get the high quality, non-costic, tea tree oil. I'm sorry I'm not more of a help. BTW~ I had about 40 warts on my hands and the doctors wouldn't do anything for me...they couldn't. I started taking garlic supplements like crazy. 6 weeks of it and they all of a sudden shriveled up and went away. I can't give my four year old garlic supplements but I did start cooking more with it. I just started it and I hope it works.

I agree with the "let it run its course" plan. All four of my children have had molluscum and it just disappeared after several months. The longest was 18 months. Our pediatrician said the cream would'nt help much, and wasn't big on the freezing idea (me either)!

The whole name is "Molluscum Contagiosum" -- doesn't it sound like a spell from Harry Potter?! :-)

Hi L.,

BOTH my children had these! Just like warts, they are actually contagious. The warts, however, are NOT the problem. So, lubing them up or freezing them off will not solve the real problem.

The real problem is that she has an acidic body and over growth of yeast internally. You need to modify her diet to include more alkaline foods and fewer acid ones. You may also need to do a yeast cleanse.

I am a Holistic Health & Nutritional Consultant and am happy to help if you need assistance. Feel free to call my office at ###-###-#### or email me at ____@____.com of luck to you! :)

Warm Regards,
G. Van Luven
Healthy Habits Wellness Center, LLC

My son is 3 and had Molluscum for about a year. I finally took him to the dermatologist and they "froze" them off. They put something they call beattle juice on them. The dr. was very careful and only put a tiny dab on each one. Then in about 4 hours you put him in the tub and wash it off and then they dry up. This did not hurt my son at all. He just lied on the table while the dr did his thing and it was quick and painless. The bad thing about letting it run its course is that they can multiply rapidly and then he could be covered with them. They can also get bigger with time and my son would get them under his arm on his side and the constant friction of him moving his arms would irritate them. Beattle Juice has worked the best for me and my son, maybe call the derm and ask about it.

Hi L. -

You can try Pau D'arco tincture mixed with her juice and a salve made with Pau D'arco topically. As you are aware, warts are caused by a virus so they need to be treated internally and externally. Check with your local herb store for possible commercial remedies. I recommend Herb Pharm, Gaia or Herbs Etc. as the best OTC brands. You will need to adjust the dose based on your daughters weight. The instructions on the bottle is for a 150 lb person - so, if you daughter weighs 50 lbs, then you need to give her 1/3 the dosage.

Hope this helps,

M. M. Ernsberger
Certified Herbalist
Square-foot Gardening Specialist
www.wellnessgardening.com
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My son had this when he was younger, I think 4 or 5, on his leg. Our doctor actually suggested freezing them off also as this would be the most effective way to get rid of them. The actual freezing part was not bad - he dealt with it fine and we gave him OTC pain reliever before we went to the office for the proceedure. The warts came off after a while - the doctor suggested washing them with a rag while in the bath...and it was over. He doesn't remember the ordeal at all and it does not seem to me that he cried during the freezing or while washing them off when the time came. To date he has not had a recurrance - he is now 12 years old. I realize you want to stay away from medication or chemicals, butt his was fast and there have been no return of warts.

Hi L.,

I used to work in a preschool and I caught Molluscum from one of the children. My dermatologist did not use any creams, just simply removed them with a blemish extractor. I believe I had to go to the office twice to remove all of them, but they never returned. I would highly recommend this simple solution.

A.

Molluscum went through all of my boys (3). It lasted for about 18 months, but generally wasn't a problem. Our doctor recommended they not reuse towels to avoid spread, but didn't limit their activities, including swimming, in any other way. The youngest had the worst case and with him we did use retin A with a large degree of success. Good luck!

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