Children between the ages of 1 and 5 are most susceptible to the viral skin infection molluscum contagiosum. So what can you do if your child gets the infection?
Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a viral skin infection caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV) and is highly infectious.
MCV belongs to the family of poxviruses, which infect human skin cells.
Some people are resistant to the molluscum contagiosum virus so won’t become infected, even when in contact with someone who is infected. It’s not known why some people are resistant and some people aren’t.
If your child has molluscum contagiosum they may have small lesions or abnormal patches on the skin that can be firm, raised and painless. The lesions usually appear in small clusters and spread widely across different parts of the body, including hands, arms, face and neck.
Some of the lesions have a tiny grey head in the centre and are pearly in appearance. This head may split, causing a thick yellowy-white substance to escape, which is highly infectious.
You and your child should avoid handling or squeezing the lesions, as this will speed up the spreading of the infection.
Each lesion will crust over in its own time and heal, up to approximately 12 weeks after it first appeared.
For about one in 10 cases, patches of eczema can develop around the lesions, according to the NHS.
Molluscum contagiosum can be spread through close direct contact, such as touching the skin of someone who is infected. It’s common in schools because the sharing of contaminated objects, such as toys and clothes, can spread the virus easily.
Yes. Your doctor will examine your child’s skin and ask about their symptoms. However, molluscum contagiosum usually clears without the need for treatment.
Yes. It’s not necessary for your child to stay home from school with molluscum contagiosum and they can continue to swim, too.
However in order to stop the infection from spreading, keep the affected areas of your child covered with clothing where possible. Make sure your child doesn’t scratch the infected area because this will prolong the infection.
Wash all clothing, bedding and towels regularly at a high temperature to prevent the infection from spreading.
Other infections such as tonsillitis, verrucas, chickenpox, impetigo, ringworm, threadworms, ear infections, diarrhoea and vomiting are also common for your child to catch during school.
The advice in our article is in line with the info and guidance relevant for children provided by the NHS.
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Our son had it too. Our GP had no idea what it was and tried to tell me it was chicken pox!!! It is a horrible infection and has left him with some scars on his tummy!!
I have a son who turned 3 in dec. He had 1 spot to begin with when he was approx 18months old, on his arm. I didnt know at the time it was molluscum. The spot grew bigger, about the size of a penny, then more appeared on his torso. It was on his right side of his rib cage, coming into direct contact with the one on his arm. More spots slowly appeared over the next few months until he was 2.5 yrs old. By this point he had approx 6 big ones on his side, 3 on his bum, 4 above his right knee, 2 on his left leg and the same big initial one on his arm. Even more small bumps were appearing on his arm. I started reading online and took him to 2 doctors who each reassured me that they would go away in time and that their children had also sufferd them. I felt in despair. Reading all sorts of treatment and using fucidin by the doctor i was willing to send off for a treatment only found in australia!! In the past 2 months EVERY SINGLE ONE HAS DISAPEARED!!! Never mind burning or freezing or hydrocortisone cream etc......SUDOCREAM is the answer. Slather it on 4 times a day, wash clothes and linen regularly etc The spot begins to dry up and almost gets to a point where its pushing itself out of the body....i dont know if they fall off or what as my son would wake up and they were gone. He has a few red marks of where they used to be but i swear down after stressing out at this problem and finding this little cream worked, i just need to tell other mums to try it. Please trust me.
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