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!)
About a week after the dr. appointment, it was apparent that the molluscum was spreading and getting worse instead of getting better. At this point he had over 20 all over his body and since the start of school was around the corner I wanted to get rid of these bumps ASAP!
So I did what most people do now… after my kiddos went to bed I opened up my laptop and started researching on the internet. What I found definitely did not make me feel better at all! The first thing that caught my eye was that it can take up to TWO YEARS for the MC to go away!! No way I was waiting that long!!!
So I decided to search for treatment options. The prescription creams seemed painful, pricey, and full of chemicals so I started looking for at home remedies. I’m not a hippie or anything but I’d rather try natural remedies than drugs especially on my baby’s skin!
The list I compiled was pretty lengthy, but I will list it all here so that you can learn from MY mistakes instead of put your child through the misery mine did!
– Tea Tree Oil
– Apple Cider Vinegar
– Beetle Juice