What is Molluscum contagiosum?
According to Kidshealth.org,
About Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection that causes a mild skin rash. The rash looks like one or more small growths or wart-like bumps (called mollusca) that are usually pink, white, or skin-colored. The bumps are usually soft and smooth and may have an indented center.
Infection is most common among kids between 1 and 12 years old.
The picture above shows exactly what my 9 year old son had.
When he had them at the beginning, I thought they were just regular skin rashes and that he needed to take showers more often! However, as time went by, the bumps spread and a few became red and had pus!
It turned out that they are Molluscum Contagiosum. His dermatologist used liquid nitrogen to force blisters to form and then the lesion would fall off. However, this treatment does not guarantee that the warts won’t come back because it does not kill the virus.
Liquid nitrogen treatment is extremely painful due to the tender skin of underarms.
2 days after the treatment, a few warts re-appeared! As a certified Aromatherapist, I decided to address the issue with essential oils.
I diluted the essential oils in an aloe gel base and applied with a Q-tip three times a day to the affected area. A week later, the lesions flattened and healed.
In the picture below (click on the picture to enlarge for a more detailed view), the left side is BEFORE and the right side is AFTER. The area I circled is the one I treated with essential oils. Compared to the surrounding area treated with liquid nitrogen, one can see essential oils achieved a much better result and it is a painless process for the child.