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molluscum contagiosum in toddler

Anonymous

Anybody ever experienced this? What is the outcome? And she also has atopic dermatitis on top of it but she gets it on her face. The molluscum is in the thigh area and not even sure where she picked it up!

  • Anonymous
    Mar 06

    Ummmm yes. Not directly but my nephew had it over the summer. He was 3 at the time. It took a long time to go away and his were on his back. It was annoying because it was summer time and he wanted to swim and his dr gave him the all clear to do so but most pools wouldn’t allow him in because it looked bad. I’ll ask my sis how he’s doing now but I haven’t heard anything about it in a long time so I think it went away. He wasn’t really affected by it at all except for the swimming thing, he looked and acted normal and the spots didn’t seem to itch or anything.

  • Anonymous
    Mar 06

    Okay so I had a chance to talk to her and she told me that the best thing to do is if the bumps break open, wash it really well with soap and water and then wash your hands. This is the main time when it’s contagious. She said that she had him evaluated by a pediatric dermatologist to see about removing the bumps but they didn’t advise it because they weren’t on his face or someplace where people would notice and they didn’t hurt him. She said it took forever for it to go away though, nearly 9 months. She has 2 other kids and neither ever caught it so it’s not as contagious as it would seem!! Good luck!!

  • Anonymous
    Mar 06

    Thank you so much for the comment, that really helps. Never heard of this before so it's been completely new. Did your niece bumps became bigger over time and in larger quantity? My daughter's is getting more like warts like and it is getting more and more in the leg so far. I'm applying some desitin but prob that will do nothing. It is crazy how kids catch these infections and one can't guess at least where it happened. Most of the time she spends at home because she has had history of mrsa and dermatitis and staph so I was trying so hard to don't let her catch more stuff but I guess now this is one more illness to her list :(

  • Anonymous
    Mar 07

    So I only ever saw the bumps myself once and to me they did look sort of like warts as well. They were spread over his upper back. His skin is really pale and the bumps were reddish in color and were fairly raised off his skin. They didn’t grow bigger in diameter but she did say that for the first few months they would continue to pop up in quantity, and then they were pretty steady for awhile with no new ones. But new ones would grow throughout the span of the viruses life cycle, Especially if she wasn’t diligent at cleaning the area around it as soon as she noticed one break open. The fluid that comes out of the broken spots is the fluid that’s contagious so if it’s not cleaned well it can grow more spots. I know it’s easier said than done but don’t be so hard on yourself!! I think that this illness is fairly benign in that it won’t bother her much, the spots hopefully won’t get too itchy and it’ll pass. The illness itself has such a long incubation period that it can take over a month after exposure before you see symptoms so it could have been anywhere that she caught it!! It’s so hard to tell where they catch these things, it is so upsetting though and I know how you feel. I hope she’s better soon, as my sis put it, it’s more of a pain in the rear than anything else!! This too shall pass!

  • Anonymous
    Mar 07

    Oh and if they do continue to get bad you can have her seen by a pediatric dermatologist. It’s possible for them to remove the spots (though new ones may grow). The spots can be removed just like wart removal (by freezing them off), but it’s possible to do if they’re in a bothersome area where it rubs or is somehow aggravating her.