My name is Stacey and for the last 16 months I’ve been fighting the uphill battle against molluscum spreading throughout my family. I am a single mother of 2 children, Kate (3) and Matthew (6) who both have contracted molluscum… This is the story (adventure really) of the long road we traveled before finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. And yes, there is a light!!!!
It all started when Matthew came home from summer camp one day complaining about his friends making fun of him because he had these bumps under his armpit while at the pool. I took a look and sure enough there were 3 bright red bumps that seemed to have come out of nowhere! I didn’t think anything of it and figured it was just a rash so I put some Benadryl on it and brushed it off as nothing. The following week I noticed more and more of these bumps showing up in random places like his belly, leg, and even one on his face so I decided to take an appointment with our pediatrician and google search like a crazy person until our appointment the following day. By the time we made it to the appointment I had narrowed it down to about 5 different possibilities… None of which were correct!
The doctor told me it was Molluscum Contagiosum, comforted me (because I was visibly panicked after hearing such a foreign and horrible sounding name) and told me it was a very common viral skin disease and would go away on its own! I went home, $76 poorer but relieved that this was nothing scary and not for a second did I ever think it would turn into the nightmare it ended up being.
This was the last month I went to bed without worry for over a year….