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15 Sep 2006

molluscum
My 3 year old has molluscum at the back of her knee and also eczema, the eczema is really bad there. We have tried the range of treatments. Went to a dermatologist who prescribed wartec -this burnt her skim so we discontinued it. It's still really itchy. Is there really nothing we can do?
Also, I hear it is very contagious and she should not be bathing with her baby brother who is 6 months, but to be honest I don't know how to cope if they don't bath together. IS this a problem?
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skindoc

01 Jan 0001

Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus and is contagious. It can certainly spread from person to person through contact. Children are more susceptible to the development of MCs. Patients with atopic eczema often develop MCs which are difficult to manage. Eczema may actually develop around MCs. That means that eczema can "cause" MCs. The eczema must be treated with a cortisone preparation. This will have to be prescribed by your doctor. Most treatments for MC will irritate the skin such as salicylic acid, lactic acid, alkali,s etc. One can try to freeze them with liquid nitrogen. That is painful. There is a newish drug called Aldara which works well in some cases.
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