Well, once again I find myself frustrated with the medical community...my 5 yo was diagnosed with molluscum about 2 months ago after dealing with it at home for about the same amount of time (so we're probably talking 4-5 months total with this problem). Was told then that it was a virus (which it is) and that it will run its course. Okay, run its course...I'm thinking maybe a couple of months or so. So, here we are, a couple of months later and it is still here and getting worse. So, I start to research (I know, I should have started at this point, but I didn't -- once again to my detriment--AAHHH!
) And what do I find out? Not only is it HIGHLY contagious (he told me it could spread, but that it wasn't likely), but that it often takes 2-3 years to leave the system. Two to 3 years!!!! Are you kidding me?
This is especially true in those with immuno-compromised systems or allergies, which if you remember, I think my son may have a problem with yeast. I'm beginning to wonder now if he may also be allergic to milk -- he drinks it constantly -- and when a body is trying to fight the allergy, it can't fight the virus. Who knew?
Now, granted, this doesn't seem to be bothering my son too much, but given the fact that we just spent the weekend vacation in a swimming pool (a prime area for spreading it) and that his swimming lessons will start on Monday (my boy is a FISH), it sure bothers me! I don't know what to do. I did a search on this site and it showed one thread related to this, and at that point no one was too familiar with it. Just wondering if that has changed at all. Has anyone had any experience with this nasty little virus and how have they treated it? I came across one site (molluscum.com) that promotes their treatment that has silver, tea tree oil and petroleum jelly in it. I'm considering trying it, but wanted to check here first to here from some veterans as to what their experience has been (if any). Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.