Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Julia | 2007/02/20

Q.

Moluscum Contagiosum

My son and daughter have been diagnosed with moluscum contagiosum; even though they have different spots - my sons are fewer and more distinct and localised on his tummy and genitals but my daughter has loads of tiny spots all over her trunk and under her arms and behind her knees. Hers is very unsightly because of the sheer numbers of them. Our GP said there is no treatment and to just leave them to go away on their own but my daughter is really battling and scratches and looks terrible - is there really no treatment that I can get for them?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is an extremely common problem in young children. Molluscum is a virus infection of the skin that heals by itself but takes quite a long time to do sol-18 months or so. Unfortunately there is no effective treatment for molluscum.

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