What is Molluscum Contagiosum you ask? I can tell you, it’s THE DEVIL!!!! 5 years ago it ripped through my household and took almost 4 years to get it gone! I am not trying to scare you but you need to know what this is if you have children.
According to the Mayo clinic, “Molluscum contagiosum (mo-LUS-kum kun-tay-jee-OH-sum) is a relatively common viral infection of the skin that results in round, firm, painless bumps ranging in size from a pinhead to a pencil eraser. If the bumps are scratched or injured, the infection can spread to surrounding skin. Molluscum contagiosum also spreads through person-to-person contact and contact with infected objects.”
The virus that causes molluscum contagiosum spreads easily through:
- Skin-to-skin contact
- Contact with contaminated objects, such as towels
- Sexual contact with an affected partner
- Scratching or rubbing the bumps, which spreads the virus to nearby skin
Some people have compared this to the new age Chicken Pox. Except it don’t itch and it takes FOREVER to go away! It is HIGHLY contagious, most the time, you don’t even know your kid has it until they have already spread it to their siblings. “Due to the nature of Molluscum Contagiosum, the skin virus typically resolves itself. Once the lesions are gone, the molluscum contagiosum virus is also gone; it cannot remain dormant to reappear later. https://naturopathix.com/complete-guide-molluscum-contagiosum-virus/ ” Just be aware of all the places the bumps may be. Check their entire body, even their private areas.
Here is why I am warning you! I had no idea what this was or how easy it spread until we were affected by it. My kids are always in close quarters, sharing towels, blankets… you name it. That is how it spread through 3 of my kids and took a period of 3-4 years to get it gone from out house.
I have no clue where my first child infected got it, it’s not something you notice as soon as they come in contact with it.
My oldest got it first… it looked like little flesh colored pimples. I tried to pop them but they wouldn’t, just bleed. They were on barely on his back and predominately elbows. I took him to the pediatrician, she sent us to the dermatologist. It was indeed Molluscum. The treatment was not invasive but it wasn’t pretty. They used a beetle juice seruim to put on the bumps, it made them blister and then they’d pop. They would be gone. We used a topical cream to cover the less serious ones. He had to go for a few treatments, after a year his were gone! During that time we noticed my middle child had 1. They treated it, it was gone in a week.
Then my 4 year old popped one up on his stomach. Holy moly! His were the worst! They were on his abdomen, legs, genitals, elbows… everywhere. It seemed like we get a few gone and they would pop up elsewhere! I had to make sure he didn’t go near the baby when he was born, to avoid the baby being infected because babies are too young to be treated. It took us over a year of treatment to get all his gone. I felt so bad for him. But thank the Lord, we are a Molluscum free home now!
Something to note… I observed at the pediatrician, the nurse assistants not wiping the blood pressure cuffs down. I made sure to tell them how important it is to do that because Molluscum is SO contagious. He had sores on his arm at that moment, they didn’t pay attention. After experiencing this, I now pay greater attention to things where this could be spread like bounce houses, towels, blankets, blood pressure cuffs… LOL.