Skin Bumps

Updated on February 23, 2008
K.M. asks from Taylor, AZ
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My 31 month old daughter has bumps on her skin (mostly on the right side of her chest)that start as flesh color and gradually turn pinkish-red. They don't really seem to bother her because she doesn't scratch them or complain about them. When our doctor saw them he said all we had to do was scratch them off and make sure and remove a little white core that is inside. We tried this and the problem is there are so many of them that she cries and squirms making it hard to make sure that we get all of them. I am sure it was/is painful and we haven't tried removing any more this way because we don't want to hurt her anymore. We removed most of them the first couple of times we scratched them off but there were still a few left and they continue to come back and now they are spreading to her arms, neck, and a few on her face. I guess I just wondered if anyone has had to deal with this and what the solution is to get rid of them if you have been successful in doing so. Thanks!

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For molluscum there is not really a regular treatment but right now we are trying something called Zymaderm. It seems to be working somewhat, drying up the bumps and I don't notice that any are spreading right now. It is not supposed to hurt when applied but my daughter says it is hot so it must burn a little when applied. I have put it on myself to test it and it doesn't seem to have any affect on normal skin, but maybe it does burn a little on the molluscum lesions. Anyway, thanks for your help, hopefully this medicine will help!

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answers from Phoenix on

Hi K.,
Both my Daughter (4) and Son (2) have what is called Mollescum. It could be what your daughter has. My daughter's started out on her left chest/rib cage area. Starts out as flesh colored bumbs and then turn red. If you scratch or open them up they multiply. I am surprised the doctor would tell you to open them if it is mollescum as they will multiply and can get infected. So maybe not the same. Anyway, you can google Mollescum to learn more and see if it is what she has. There is no cure, it is a virus that has to run it's course which can take anywhere from months to years. My 4 year od is almost bump free after a year, My son however still has them in several locations. It is contagious, mostly to other children, but otherwise harmless to the child with the bumps.



answers from Phoenix on

Hi K.,

Both of my daughters have the same thing. We saw a Dermatalogist and had it diagnosed. It's called Keratosis Pilaris. It is genetic (yes, I apparently have it too) and it varies from person to person. With my oldest it went away (mostly) by about age 4, she has occasional 'outbreaks'. With my youngest, she still has it, but it's better. I get it from time to time, mostly on my upper arms. They both had it on their cheeks, upper arms, thighs and bum :).
I've attached a blub from the Mayo website. You can find out more by Googling it.

Keratosis pilaris is a harmless skin disorder that causes small, acne-like bumps. Although it isn't serious, keratosis pilaris can be frustrating because it's difficult to treat.

Keratosis pilaris results from a buildup of protein called keratin in the openings of hair follicles in the skin. This produces small, rough patches, usually on the arms and thighs. Though quite common with young children, keratosis pilaris can occur at any age.

Many people are bothered by the goose flesh appearance of keratosis pilaris, but it doesn't have long-term health implications and occurs in otherwise healthy people.

Keratosis pilaris usually resolves without treatment. But if you're concerned about the appearance of your skin, your doctor can help you determine the best course of treatment, which includes self-care measures and medicated creams.



answers from Albuquerque on

Hi K.! Sorry you're having to go through this with your daughter! I wanted to say that I agree with Pat. I think it's Keratosis pilaris too. My boys have a tendency to get this too. I've found that Arbonne's Baby Care (ABC) line of skincare products really helps keep it under control. ABC products are hypoallergenic, pH balanced with no chemical dyes or fragrances, no mineral oil, and no animal by-products. They are wonderful for extremely delicate, sensitive skin. If you're interested in checking them out, please feel free to visit my website at: And, I'd be happy to send you a FREE sample to try for your daughter. Just let me know. Good luck!
Take care and have a wonderful day!
M. O.



answers from Phoenix on

Hi K.,

I just got sent this site today from a friend and thought I'd try it out. Your message popped up first and reminded me of my son. He had similar looking things for over a year (mostly targeted in the armpit region) The pediatrician didn't know what it was and called it excema (spelling?) We took him to the Skin and Cancer center in Chandler and they tried a few lotions that didn't work. Finally, the doctor there went to a conference that spoke on those bumps (which sound just like those of your daughter) and that a small dose of an antihistamine twice daily would work. We tried it and they were all gone within two weeks. I was mostly afraid that they might leave scarring but they didn't. Apparently it was just a strange virus that reacts to the allergy medicine.

I also saw on the wall of the Gilbert Rec Center a print out from KidsHealth website a description of scarlet fever and it sounded like some of the same symptoms except no fever and it lasted for so long. Hope this helps!

M. F
Mom of three



answers from Tucson on

Good Afternoon K.,

My 19 soon to be 20 year old had gotten these bumps while I did daycare. One of the little girls had these bumps on her upper lip. They put sauve on it and told her it wasn't contagious. Unfortunately they were. My 19 year old which was 3 years old when he came into contact with these, had them all over his torso. It is not only contagious to children, but you will get them too. He was taken into the Doctors office, after many visits, and finally getting ahold of the right Doctor. Only problem is, they scrapped all of them off of him that day, and advised us to keep up on them as they showed up. We got them too. It didn't matter where, finger's included. We scrapped them off, and finally they went away. Though for your little one, it isn't very easy. I would suggest after her bath, with things being softer, it might makes things easier to be removed.

Good Luck

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