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How to use MolluDab®

The following instructions are a concise guide on how your patients should use MolluDab®. For a full version, a patient leaflet is also available to download.

1. Before using MolluDab®

The box can be used as a stand; press in the perforation and place the bottle in the opening to help prevent spillages while using MolluDab®. Once opened MolluDab® should be used within 4 weeks.

2. Applying MolluDab® to the molluscum bumps

Open the child safe lid. The bottle has a protective funnel, when pulling out the spatula excess liquid is stripped off. Dab all the molluscum bumps with the flat side of the spatula. After applying to 1 – 3 bumps, wet the spatula with MolluDab® again. Allow the solution to dry on the bumps. Apply MolluDab® twice daily (morning and evening).

3. End of use

As soon as inflammation appears (recognisable by redness that lasts for 12 hours or more) stop using the product because it indicates that a molluscum bump is healing.

Stop using MolluDab® after 14 days, even if no inflammation is apparent and consult your doctor for further advice.

4. Wait for the molluscum lesions to heal

The inflammation indicates that your body is fighting the molluscum bumps. Now it’s time to be patient and wait for the molluscum bumps to heal. Once inflamed, healing usually takes between 1 and 4 weeks.

Molluscum contagiosum ‘blob’ by Peta Bee

“WHAT’S that blob on your back?”

I asked my 9-year-old son as he got into the bath after football training one evening. He was mud- splattered and soaking, yet outstanding amid the filth on his body was a small, raised skin-coloured nodule, slap bang in the middle of his shoulder blades that had appeared seemingly from nowhere. I had seen nothing like it before.

It was small, had the consistency of firm jelly but didn’t seem to cause discomfort as I prodded it. And while it hadn’t sparked concern – yet – it had raised my curiosity. It would be monitored, I decided, and if it hadn’t disappeared in a week, a visit to the GP would be scheduled in the diary.

In the meantime, ‘the blob’ became a source of fascination to us. My son would contort himself when getting dressed to try and see or poke it. I would peer through my reading glasses, convincing myself it was getting bigger. Five days after we had first noticed it, suspicion got the better of us. We booked an appointment and headed down to the doctors’ surgery in our village.

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Stripped off to his waist, my son showed ‘the blob’ to the young, female GP who scrutinised it through her magnifying glass. Several minutes into our consultation and none of us were any the wiser. “I’m really not sure what to make if it,” said our medical expert. “But I am going to call in a colleague.” In came a highly experienced paediatric specialist who came up with an explanation for the mysterious flesh bump. “I think it is Molluscum Contagiosum, a condition caused by a viral infection that can be spread among children quite easily,” he told us. “Although it’s unusual to see one papule or spot, so expect more to appear.”

We left with a sense of uncertainty and impending doom. Indeed, the day after that visit, several more tiny bumps appeared in a two inch surface area surrounding the ‘original blob’. What we knew now is that it’s unusual to get more than 20 spots, but a dozen is quite normal. That the condition can be passed on by skin-to-skin contact and also by sharing towels and flannels or clothing. And that the blobs can spread from one infected area of skin to other parts of the body. It’s not serious, we were told, but can cause itching and discomfort as the spots redden. Occasionally a mark is left on the skin after they have disappeared.

There were still more questions than our doctors were able to answer. How long it would take to clear up, for example, seemed vague. “Could be 2 weeks could take 18 months or longer,” said the GP. “I’ve known children to have them for 4-5 years.” The good news is that once they’ve gone, the body develops immunity to the virus and should not get it again. But, eek, to be blobbed throughout primary school was not an option. No treatment had been offered and we were advised to “book another appointment in 6 months time”. Yet the blob had become annoying. It was time to declare war, only what to do?

In the 20 years I have worked as a health writer for national newspapers, I had never encountered the Molluscum Contagiosum. Its existence had crept up on me as unexpectedly as the condition appeared on my son’s back. But it was eyes down and into research mode. Surely something could be done. Stumbling across a product called MolluDab was a revelation. It has been used in Germany for several years and is regularly prescribed there by doctors treating the condition. And, as luck would have it, it’s now available to buy in some pharmacies in the UK.

Dab it onto offending blobs to help treat the virus which causes MC and to help resolve the bumps far quicker than leaving the condition to resolve of its own accord. It was worth a try.

We followed the detailed instructions to the letter: apply the solution to the bumps twice daily, but not in excess and not to redden bumps (a sign they are healing). Within a week, the now considerable number of bumps on my son’s back had diminished considerably. After 14 days only a few remained.
We revisited the doctor who also exclaimed astonishment at the rapidity – both of the blobs’ emergence and their disappearance. And while my son is not yet entirely blob free, we are getting there.

PETA BEE is a health and fitness journalist who writes for The Times, Sunday Times and Irish Examiner as well as numerous other publications. With degrees in sports science and nutrition, Peta likes to probe the evidence behind latest fads and trends and her work has won her numerous awards including the Medical Journalists Association’s Freelance of the Year (twice). She has appeared widely on television and radio and is the author of seven books, including Fast Exercise, the 2014 best-seller co written with Dr Michael Mosley, and the Ice Diet to be published by Penguin in January 2015.

Peta was paid to write this guest blog and does not endorse our product or brand.