Thursday, January 15, 2009

Molluscum Contagiosum

Glen brought Liam to see the N.P this morning because he has these little bumps on his arm.
They didn't look like warts or moles so naturally I was concerned.

She says that she thinks they are something called Molluscum Contagiosum which is a skin rash caused by a virus that was first described in 1817. The virus is a member of the Pox virus family. It is common worldwide and accounts for about 1% of all skin disorders in the United States. It primarily affects children (boys more often than girls) and young adults. The incidence of molluscum contagiosum is increasing.

I also found this site if you are interested.

He has an appointment to get them burned off on the 29th at 845 am. Luckily its a PA day so if he is uncomfortable, I can help him manage the pain.

This is so weird. I had hoped it was nothing but a rash.. but yea.. Its not that horrible but anything that affects my kids freaks me out.. as you know.

Liam is not bothered by it, he says they are not itchy or anything so at least i have that to keep me happy for now.

Helyn is still not pooping regularly... we were doing good for the first week on lactulose and now it doesn't help at all. Glen brought it up with the N.P. and she is going to get back to us and refer us to a pediatrician


Cynthia said...

Aw, I know its scary when things happen to our kids. Sorry to hear it wasn't just a simple rash and there has to be a procedure to get rid of it but at the same time, I'm glad it's nothing serious.

Poor Helyn!

Christine said...

Yea, there is a freezing thing they do to get rid of it.
But it hurts... I don't want him to be in pain. There is a numbing cream we can use... but yea.. sigh.

Thanks Cyn

gen said...

Kyle had molluscum too. We had the 'bumps' burned off about 1 month ago. First we put a cream on his skin about 2 hours before where the bumps/warts were to freeze the skin and then they just scratch them off. you Kyle did not cry at all. The only thing that is a little bothersome if that they bleed. Make sure he doesn,t take his bath with the other kids-that is how it is transmitted. Other than that it is painless for them and once it is done it is done.
Oh yeah and the doctor told us that if we see new ones just to scratch them off after a warm bath with our finger nails. They will bleed but it doesn't seem to hurt Kyle other than the pinch due to the scratching off...

gen said...

gen from CAB!

Anonymous said...

Liam is brave and he'll be fine. It's about time a referal is made for Helyn.

Danielle said...

Hi I am a friend of Aimee's and that is how I found your website, there was a link on her blog. My son was exposed to molluscum at his day home and since then he has had rashes but have managed them with cream from the doc. Sorry to hear your little one has to have the bumps burned off. Take care!

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