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After all of my research I finally came across Dermallay which immediately caught my eye because they claim “No burning and No blistering” !! They had my attention that’s for sure, but with our extensive history of failed molluscum remedies I wasn’t going to blindly believe them! (Plus it was not the cheapest remedy either!)
I found a lot forums, blogs, reviews in which parents spoke of its success and raving about how it was pain free. What got me the most was that there were so many people who were in the exact situation as I was, tried it as a last resort and it actually worked!
I called the company because there wasn’t too much information on their page and they couldn’t have been more helpful and comforting! They confirmed and assured me that the Dermallay would not hurt and explained exactly how it was to be applied which seemed fairly simple to me!
They told me it takes total 4-6 weeks depending on how long the molluscum has been there for the dermallay to get rid of the bumps completely. They also explained to me the same things the dermatologist did as far as not being in standing water etc. ANNDDD they told the one thing I thought no one could offer… IT IS SAFE TO USE ON MY KID’S FACE!!!!
Oh, I forgot to add, they had a specific one for babies so that was definitely a plus!
The cost was about $26, they waived the $4-$5 shipping fee, and offered another $10 off mail in rebate if I sent in a testimonial whether it was positive or negative feedback! I went ahead and ordered only one bottle to try of the older kid formula for Matthew because I wasn’t 100% sold on it yet and the toddler formula is $20. (I know, I’m cheap!)
Anyways I got the bottle of Dermallay in the mail, only like 3 days later which was nice, and started that night.
After Matthew took his shower I put a drop directly onto one of the groups of bumps, gritted my teeth, waited for the screams and to my (pleasant) surprise… IT DID NOT STING!!!!! I think I was more relieved than Matthew!
Now fair warning, it’s a liquid so obviously very runny, and until you rub it in all the way it will stain whatever it touches! I had to find out the hard way 😦
So I rubbed the dermallay on all the bumps… and there were approx. 80 at this point
***(the way you know you’re doing it right is if when you rub it goes from dark cherry red to like a creamy white and then you keep rubbing and it starts turning brownish red and gets sticky and then like 2 secs later it dries and is almost skin color… I had to call to find out because the directions were a bit confusing)***
and I did this two times a day and I would say within 5-6 days the bumps were visibly shrinking!!
It wasn’t for another 2 weeks that the bumps started turning into scabs (which is around the time I went ahead and ordered some for Kate) but the point is they did, and in the end I think it took around 7 weeks total for ALL of them to be gone. Most were cleared up within 4 weeks but there about 10 of them that were very stubborn!
Kate’s experience with Dermallay:
So with Kate it was so much easier! I don’t know if it was because she used the toddler’s version of Dermallay, because she was younger and her skin responded better, or just luck but regardless the reason it worked quick! Under 4 weeks quick!
The dermallay made her skin a shade or two darker on the areas applied (it came off as soon as you wash the area!) which I think is because she has a very light skin complexion but that was the only “negative” thing that happened with her.
So finally about 14 months after our initial molluscum bump we found an answer and it was all gone!!!
Except apparently for me!!! After over a year of touching them and being exposed to the virus without ever contracting it I got it then!! I could only laugh because this is just my luck!!
There wasn’t enough left in Matthew’s bottle so I bought another one from the dermallay website. The one thing I noticed, although it did end up going away, is that took a bit longer to work on me considering I treated it within 5 days of the molluscum appearing. It took overall just under 8 weeks for mine to go away. I’ve read that it’s a lot harder to cure on adults than children due to the skin and there’s obviously some truth to that!
So I hope that this has helped with YOUR research! I’d love for others to share their experiences on here too, what worked for them, what didn’t, because I wish I would have found a blog like this when I was frantically trying to get rid of the molluscum in my house!!!
If you go on their website: www.mydermallay.com and go to the “Healthcare Professionals” tab, there’s a link/pdf that says “Patient Coupon” and it offers free shipping! I figure every dollar helps and that’s $4 right there!! The coupon code is AADNEW but I would check to make sure it doesn’t change.
I will definitely post more information as I find it as far as molluscum cures go! Good luck everyone… Hopefully you don’t go through what we did 🙂
So after taking a break from being the worst mom of the year trying to rid my kids of molluscum, I started doing more research around summertime of the following year.
My kids’ molluscum bumps were still multiplying (although not as quickly as they had at first) and were not showing ANY signs of going away.
I checked into Zymaderm and this time, instead of just going off of what a few people said I really did some digging into the ingredients and their side effects. Well, I’m definitely happy that I did because their main ingredient seems to be tea tree oil… but for over $25. So that being the case I decided to not even try it with the experiences I’ve had with tea tree oil before.
I found a website which really explains the truth behind Zymaderm to a T, and the following is some content from it:
Their website claims that Zymaderm is FDA-approved. But a quick search of the FDA website for Zymaderm will turn up nothing. The truth is that Zymaderm is NOT APPROVED AS A CURE OR TREATMENT FOR MOLLUSCUM CONTAGIOSUM. All that there is to it is that the active ingredients that are found in Zymaderm have been approved separately by the FDA as homeopathic ingredients because they are not medicinal ingredients and are not known to cause harm. So Zymaderm is misleading you by claiming to be FDA-approved, because they make it sound like the cream itself has been approved as a treatment for molluscum, and this is definitely not the case.
The active ingredients of Zymaderm are iodine and tea tree oil. Both these ingredients have been suggested as possible treatments for molluscum, and you can buy them off the counter from your local drugstore. However, I have found that neither ingredient is very effective against molluscum.
They also say to allow 6 MONTHS for it to work… I don’t know if I’m willing to pay $25 to wait that long, burn my kid, and it possibly not working!
Anyhow I wanted to give this topic it’s own post even though I didn’t try it because I would hate for anyone to get fooled by it and tricked out of almost $30!
So now school is about to start any week and I decided to make an appointment with a dermatologist instead of purchasing useless and painful remedies. Of course, as my luck would have it, Kate (my youngest) starts developing some bumps on the back of her knee between the time I called the dermatologist and the actual appointment date!
Well, by the time we went to the dermatologist Matthew had 68 (yes, I counted) and Kate had 12, to include 3 on her face!
The derm was extremely nice and explained that molluscum is typically caught in the pool or around water and has the nick name “water warts” which definitely explained a lot and that it spreads very easily…as if I didn’t realize this!
She told me that at their office they could either freeze them off, which was not an option as Matthew had so many and Kate was only 3 OR they could use beetle juice. She was very clear that the beetle juice would in fact make the bumps blister and may be slightly painful but that it was the only thing that would work. Oh, and she couldn’t apply any to the molluscum bumps on Kate’s face.
***Side note – we found out that the bump I was so concerned about on Matthew’s face was just a heat pimple that he had agitated!***
She applied the beetle juice on about 20 bumps on Matthew and 5 of Kate’s as we had made a plan to break it up into 2-3 visits since Matthew was claiming (very loudly) that it hurt soooo bad & of course his sister followed suit) and then put some bandages on them.
I followed her instructions and the bumps started getting red, which she told me would happen, so I thought to myself this is it! In a few days this nightmare will be over!
The kids started crying and complaining about how much it was hurting so I tried everything I could to settle them down and then the following day I took the bandages off and what I saw was horrifying!!! I don’t know what I was I thinking when the dermatologist said the bumps would form into blisters but it certainly was not what I staring at!!!!
The blisters were huge and gross and filled with liquid and very very red and inflamed! I literally cried because of how terrible of I mom I thought I was for putting my little ones through this and not believing them! I honestly don’t understand how doctors feel comfortable applying this terrible stuff on children!! No wonder they wouldn’t put it on Kate’s face and thank God!
Ok, I apologize for the rant, and I wish I had taken a picture to post on here but it was really that terrible! (I will try to find one on google that isn’t too disturbing)
On top of all of this, once the blisters popped and finally healed they left scars in a lot of areas as a constant reminder of how horrible that stuff is!
I was now at a point where I didn’t want to torture my children anymore so I decided to let the molluscum ride its course even if it took 2 years.
(Don’t worry, there is good news up ahead!)
***This post will be very short and straight to the point!***
(Beginning of August)
I bought tea tree oil from the Vitamin Shoppe for about $10 because of the many positive reviews online and at the recommendation of the store associate.
Long story short –
I only tried it once… Matthew said it burned more than the ACV (not sure if he was exaggerating or not) and the following day the bump I had applied it to was super red and inflamed.
Back to the drawing board once again!
(End of July 2012)
Our first attempt at getting rid of MC was apple cider vinegar.
It seemed like everywhere molluscum was on the internet, apple cider vinegar (ACV) was sure to mentioned as a solution. So naturally, I decided to try it!
I went to Walmart and bought a bottle for about $3 and returned home extremely optimistic.
That night, after Matthew’s bath I prepped my Molluscum battle station complete with Q-tips and the ACV and was ready to make it disappear for good!
The first 3-4 bumps I was able to apply the ACV on with little to no complaints from Matthew. The 5th bump and on was a living nightmare. The MC bumps were bothering him so during his sleep he would pick at them and apparently ended up popping a few of them… to include bump #5!
Well, I was not aware how much the ACV would sting but even though my kid has pretty good pain tolerance for his age in my opinion, he was screaming bloody murder when I dabbed the Q-tip on this one.
Bumps 6-20 something consisted of me chasing him throughout the house to apply it to every bump.
After about 4 days of doing this and my son complaining about how bad he smelled (I forgot to mention, it smells VERY strongly!) I decided to try my next option:
Tea tree Oil (Warning…also burns!)