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Posted by: Itchy | 2006/07/26

Tiny spots on skin which itch and spread

My daughter is 6 years old. She started with a couple of spots under her arm which itched a lot. Took her to the doctor who froze them off and diagnosed it as something molluscus. Said they spread and its better to freeze them off now while there are a few. She was fine for about 6 months. Now they have started again and from scratching she has also got a bit of excema. I have tried creams and now see that they are spreading onto her tummy. Do you have any advice for this condition?

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The name of the infection is molluscum contagiosum and is caused by a virus. Eczema may be present in the vicinity of the lesions. Persons with asthma/hay fever/eczema are more prone to develop the lesions. The following treatment methods are available: freezing with liquid nitrogen, removal with a needle, cantharadin liquid, potassium hydroxide liquid, and imiquimod=Aldara. There is no scientific evidence for the superiority of one of these treatments. Keep in mind that lesions may also disappear spontaneously. There you have it. See your doctor.

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