Wart Remover for Mulluscum.. Good or Bad?

Updated on October 24, 2016
B.M. asks from Wilmington, DE
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My 5yr old has Mulluscum and has had it for about a year now. We've been to the doc and he gave us a little gel for it. My husbands brother had it when he was young too and they used a wart removing treatment at home. Is this a good idea or does it make the condition worse?

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answers from Chicago on

Both of my kids had this and the pediatrician was little help. Took them to a dermatologist and they applied beetlejuice to each area. A blister forms- Kills the virus and then heals. It is the only treatment that helped both kids. In under 2 weeks-no trace of molluscum.

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answers from Seattle on

I'd ask your doctor, that's the best place the get the answer to this question.

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answers from Washington DC on

Welcome to mamampedia!!

While warts are a virus in the system, Molluscum is it's own virus and there is no cure for it but time.

You can have procedures done on your son - cryotherapy - where they freeze the bumps off. They can surgicallyscrape the bumps off (that's called curettage) and some doctors, when the virus has been around for a long time (over a year) can use the "wart remover" however there is NO guarantee on those treatments. I would NOT use an OTC medicine on them.

Personally? I would leave them alone.

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answers from Jacksonville on

Like Jenny C., we took our daughter to a dermatologist when we figured out exactly what she had (diagnosed by her primary care physician, because one was in her scalp, gotten scratched with a comb and then infected).

Beetlejuice combo (canthadarin sp?) and another thing mixed together and applied (one tiny toothpick sized touch of it) directly to the bump(s), then covered with a band-aid for 3 hours. Remove bandaids and wash gently but thoroughly with soap. The treatment irritates the molloscum bump, it erupts and the body's own immune system takes care of the rest.

If you child is covered in them (and that happens in some cases) this might not be the way to go. But my daughter only had a few. Two on her neck, one on her leg just below the knee. (At least, those were the only ones big enough to be noticeable... the one in her scalp had already healed and gone away by the time we got into the dermatologist). She was clear of them within a few weeks after treatment. But prior to that, she'd had them for probably a year with no change, except she developed additional ones (the first one I noticed was on her neck and initially thought it was a bug/ant bite).

It can take several weeks to get in to a dermatologist's office. But it can take 2 years for these to go away on their own. And they can spread to others if they get irritated/opened up accidentally (scratched).

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answers from Chicago on

dab tea tree oil on it 3 times a day

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answers from Portland on

There is no OTC product that will cure the Molluscum. It's a virus; not a wart.
Wart remover will irritate the skin, possibly make the condition worse.

Several moms have asked questions for molluscum. You can find their answers in the categories listed on the home page.

I found that there are prescribed medicines that may clear it up 2-4 weeks. If left untreated it could last 12-18 months. Mulluscum is contagious until the bumps are gone. I suggest you follow the dermatologist suggestions.

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answers from Los Angeles on

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answers from Rochester on

Both of my kids have/had molluscum. I got it as well. We have dealt with it for probably six years between the three of us. All the doctors we have seen (at Mayo Clinic) have told use that there isn't really anything that will work except to let the virus run its course. We were given the option to have them scraped and/or frozen to get the core out. We tried it with one of the first ones my daughter had. It was painful and didn't do anything. The only other one that we have ended up getting treated was one that my daughter had on her cheek that got infected after we were at a water park. The pediatric dermatologist treated it with an oral antibiotic, scraped it and froze it. It was extremely painful and she looked like she had a cigarette burn on her cheek for several weeks. She still has a small scar. Be careful with home treatments. The virus is more likely to spread or spots to get infected if it isn't done right. The only other scars my daughter has from hers are the one she rubbed by her eye when she was tired and the one my MIL thought would get better if she scraped it off. The ones we just left alone never scarred. It's not fun to have or to deal with, but unfortunately with it being a virus there isn't much you can do. See if you can get an appointment with a pediatric dermatologist. They will be able to give you the best medical advice.

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answers from Santa Fe on

My daughter had molluscum for 10 months when she was 5. It was awful and kept spreading! I tried so many different things. I took her to the doctor of course. I tried putting on drops for molluscum. I tried apple cider vinegar. I tried wart remover and it didn't help. Some of the molluscum was itchy and my daughter kept scratching the ones behind her ear. I think it just finally ran it's course. But I ended up washing her sheets, pajamas, towel, clothes daily. I tried to keep the area clean and dry.I think this helped. I did put on the medicine daily. It just took forever because it kept spreading. Some of the bumps started looking like they were sore/wounds...like they were exploding instead of a neat pink bump. Kind of like a mosquito bite gets when a kid scratches too often and it opens up...if you know what I mean. The dermatologist said that meant they were at the end of their life. After that they all started looking like they were drying up and then they started going away. I really feel for you! You will be so happy when it's finally over.

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answers from Washington DC on

My son had only one on his stomach and the ped said use a dab of wart remover only on the spot, with a toothpick, as it burns the skin, and it worked. He only had one, though. Some of the neighborhood kids had large bunches on them.



answers from Boston on

It's totally ineffective. If you want to treat the molluscum, bring your child to a dermatologist for treatment. My son had some on his neck and chest that were getting close to his face. I had him treated with cantherone gel (beetle-juice) at a dermatologist and they cleared up after a few visits. I wouldn't hesitate to do the same treatment again if needed.



answers from Atlanta on

two of my boys have had this. One we did the burn off treatment after about 6 months. My son was never in so much pain. His was behind his knees and hamstrings.

The other? We let it ride out and it took just over 1 year to go away.



answers from Abilene on

My daughter had issues with this her kindergarten year. We went to the doctor even the dermatologist to have one scraped. It was awful and didn't help. I tried the method below and it worked. It was painless and all of hers were located on her back so it could be done where nobody could see. I would try this and see what happens. With the different colors and patterns of duct tape now, you could get creative.

It is often called the "duct tape" method.
Cut a piece of duct tape as close to the size of the wart as possible.
Leave the tape in place for 6 days. ...
After 6 days, remove the tape and soak the area in water. ...
Repeat this process until the wart is gone, but not longer than 2 months.

Good luck. Hope it works for him.



answers from New Orleans on

If you know anyone in the U.K. or Europe, there's an over the counter medicine called Molludab. It's unavailable in the states - but it worked while we were living in London!



answers from Atlanta on

Hi B.,

I know of two things that WILL help...Because it is a virus, digestive enzymes work. They will break down the wall of the virus so the immune system can fight it off. (Get them from a reputable health store, e.g. Vitamin Shoppe, not GNC...)Getting the immune system up can be anything from an absorbable multivitamin, Vitamin C or Elderberry extract. The other thing is a topical high grade tea tree oil...one that is categorized as T36-C5 or above. It's a natural anti-viral and absorbs deep to get to all the sore to start the healing process. Neither of these things will interfere with anything else you might be doing, medical or not medical. Both are good for you whether you are sick or not. I've seen it work!

M. :)

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