Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Marika | 2012/04/18


Molluscum Contagiosum

Took my daughter (8 years old) to doctor. She diagnose her with molluscum contagiosum. She said that it is not treatable and that there is nothing I she can do. No medication nothing. I can see that it is starting to affect her self esteem so is there really nothing that a doctor can do?

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Molluscum is a skin condition caused by a virus infection. There is no treatment for this condirtion but it will diasppear by itself but will take several months before this happens.

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Posted by: BMJ | 2012/04/18

Dear Marika

I have two sons that had hundreds of the little ''warts''. When it moved to my one sons face, I went to see a dermatologist. He said they dont normally treat it because it usually does go away on it''s own, but if we wanted to - especially the ones on the face could be removed. He put them under conscious sedation and ''scraped'' them off surgically. They had no pain afterwards and it never came back. The medical aid did not cover all of it. I think at the time they covered he sedation. The dr came to an agreement with us and charged us a flat fee for the warts - it was at that time R3000.00. This was 5 years ago.

Kind regards

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