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Q: 8 yr old with pimple like bumps on legs, arms, back, bottom. Has had them since 4 yrs old. help

My child has had bumps on arms and legs and bottom for 4 years now (he is 8). They are usually filled with a hard core if squeezed, but sometimes they can be very inflamed and filled with pus. The bumps have spread now to his back and stomach. He has been to several doctors, and not one has been successful in helping to clear these bumps. My son tells me that they can sometimes be very painful when inflamed, especially the ones on his bottom. What could be causing this? food allergy? something else? please help. He has also been taking zoloft for OCD behaviors since 4 years old, could this be a side effect? Was told that this doesnt really fit the diagnosis of KP.

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babyspecs, Community Member
11/ 2/09 5:11pm

molluscum contagiosum is another possibility.  You can look into this as well.  They can be clusters of pimple looking bumps.  I believe my son has them as well & I will be taking him to a pediatric dermatologist at the end of this month. 

 

They say it's a viral infection commonly called poxvirus.  Non contageous, but I heard you should let them go into a pool with it because it can spread through the water to other children & to different parts of the body. 

 

Also, if this sounds like what your son has...  DO NOT SQUUEZE THEM/POP THEM...  it has to hurt #1 & #2, it may spread & make more bumps either in that area or to other areas on the body. 

 

They say that once their bodies build up an immunity to it, they should go away (they say 2-9 months, but my son has had them for about 2 yrs.  Wondering if your son attending a new school or if he swam this summer with younger kids.  Could've been where he contracted it, since he is 8 yrs old. 

 

Look into it, and I hope you find a solution.  When you are stumped, you can call a dermatologist.  I am sure they will know best & give you some suggestions. 

 

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Karen, Community Member
9/11/09 3:16pm

Hi there,

Your sons condition sounds exactly like what myself (35), my daughter (8), nieces (11 and 8) and other family members suffer from called Keritosis Pilaris, where your body produces too much keratin (the stuff  found in our hair and nails ) I have it on the back of my thighs and back of arms. My daughter has it in those places and her buttocks.

My GP also has this condition and tells me that there is no cure for it and that most adolescents will out grow it.  I developed it at about 9 years old and haven't outgrown it yet. I have a friend who is an RN and she tells me that too much keratin production is due to a vitamin A deficiency but I have not confirmed that yet. The only thing I have found that helps is to very gently exfoliate the area everytime I bathe or shower with an exfoliating mitt or pumice stone and then use a good moisturizer afterward that doesn't have any nasty chemicals in it ( especially important for young developing bodies).

 

It can be painful when infamed. My daughters arms sometimes get so prickly that it catches on her clothing and irritates her.

 

best of luck,

Karen

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Kel, Community Member
9/16/09 3:54pm

molluscum contagiosum - my son had this when he was two. I wasn't sure what it was and it didn't seem to bother him too much so I didn't worry about it until my friend, who is a doctor, came to watch him one day while I was out. She noticed them when she was changing his clothes and told me it might be molluscum contagiosum. I took him to the doctor and told her about this and she said we could wait it out or burn them off. I went online and found a treatment on a US site called ZymaDerm - I checked it out, ordered a vile and it worked like magic. He is now almost 9 and it has never returned.

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K, Community Member
9/21/09 1:58pm

I'm assuming that they have tried antibiotics for a bacterial skin infection?

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Tiffany, Community Member
9/ 9/13 8:40am

you should look up demodex folliculorum it sounds like what you discribed. This is what i used to cure them : Musted power & Tree tea oil

 

1. I personally take about one teaspoon of mustard powder, mix it with an equal or lesser amount of cold water, combine both well to make a smooth paste with no lumps or clumps, and leave it to stand for 10 minutes to develop its full potency. Add this to a single portion of anything like body wash and/or shampoo and use it daily. Let it sit on your skin for about five minutes, then rinse off. This is safe to use on private parts.

CAUTION: Under no circumstances should you ever use body scrub. You need to be able to monitor what’s being ejected from your skin and body scrub contains exfoliating granules that can and will penetrate into it and remain there for a long period, confusing the issue and creating potential infection sites. Eight weeks after using body scrub, I’m still finding the granules being ejected from my own skin. I confirmed this by microscopic examination of scrub granules side by side with some of the material ejected from my skin. They’re identical in every respect. If you wish to exfoliate, use the tips below. Body scrub = worst “innovation” ever (David Bourke).

2. Mix mustard with body lotion, then you can apply it after your mustard shower/shampoo, and leave it on all day if you like. You can also put the mustard and water mix through a coffee filter before adding it to your body lotion if you prefer. You can also do another application of this before bed, mixed well with a little glycerine to ensure that the mustard stays hydrated all night.

3. It's important to note that once the mustard dries, it stops working. For all-day protection, you need to use something that will keep it hydrated. The lotion I'm using, which works best for this with me, is called Swanson's Brand Pycnogenol Cream. You can also try using glycerine as a carrier instead, or mixing five or so drops of glycerine into your lotion. Or try it with an oil like sweet almond or extra virgin olive oil with a generous few drops of lavender essential oil mixed in.

4. I like to take about half a teaspoon of mustard powder and mix it with about one ounce of hair conditioner, leave it on for a couple of hours, or until it starts to dry, then I rinse it out.

5. In a spritzer or spray bottle, I mix the dry mustard with Infusium hair treatment and use it on my scalp and hair during the daytime and before I go to bed - don't rinse this out.

6. For something that will help the mustard penetrate the skin, I have used a topical glycolic. Forget the liquid ones and get MD Forte Hand and Body Cream. But if you decide you want to try this out, YOU MUST CONSIDERABLY REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF MUSTARD USED OR YOU WILL BURN. This is because glycolics enhance the effect of the mustard. In this case, less is definitely more.

7. Of all the ways I've tried so far, just washing head to toe daily for the past six weeks with a teaspoon or less of dry mustard mixed with my soaps and applied after showers and mixing the same amount with my lotions has made me almost feel like I don't have anything going on anymore.

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Tiffany, Community Member
9/ 9/13 8:40am

you should look up demodex folliculorum it sounds like what you discribed. This is what i used to cure them : Musted power & Tree tea oil

 

1. I personally take about one teaspoon of mustard powder, mix it with an equal or lesser amount of cold water, combine both well to make a smooth paste with no lumps or clumps, and leave it to stand for 10 minutes to develop its full potency. Add this to a single portion of anything like body wash and/or shampoo and use it daily. Let it sit on your skin for about five minutes, then rinse off. This is safe to use on private parts.

CAUTION: Under no circumstances should you ever use body scrub. You need to be able to monitor what’s being ejected from your skin and body scrub contains exfoliating granules that can and will penetrate into it and remain there for a long period, confusing the issue and creating potential infection sites. Eight weeks after using body scrub, I’m still finding the granules being ejected from my own skin. I confirmed this by microscopic examination of scrub granules side by side with some of the material ejected from my skin. They’re identical in every respect. If you wish to exfoliate, use the tips below. Body scrub = worst “innovation” ever (David Bourke).

2. Mix mustard with body lotion, then you can apply it after your mustard shower/shampoo, and leave it on all day if you like. You can also put the mustard and water mix through a coffee filter before adding it to your body lotion if you prefer. You can also do another application of this before bed, mixed well with a little glycerine to ensure that the mustard stays hydrated all night.

3. It's important to note that once the mustard dries, it stops working. For all-day protection, you need to use something that will keep it hydrated. The lotion I'm using, which works best for this with me, is called Swanson's Brand Pycnogenol Cream. You can also try using glycerine as a carrier instead, or mixing five or so drops of glycerine into your lotion. Or try it with an oil like sweet almond or extra virgin olive oil with a generous few drops of lavender essential oil mixed in.

4. I like to take about half a teaspoon of mustard powder and mix it with about one ounce of hair conditioner, leave it on for a couple of hours, or until it starts to dry, then I rinse it out.

5. In a spritzer or spray bottle, I mix the dry mustard with Infusium hair treatment and use it on my scalp and hair during the daytime and before I go to bed - don't rinse this out.

6. For something that will help the mustard penetrate the skin, I have used a topical glycolic. Forget the liquid ones and get MD Forte Hand and Body Cream. But if you decide you want to try this out, YOU MUST CONSIDERABLY REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF MUSTARD USED OR YOU WILL BURN. This is because glycolics enhance the effect of the mustard. In this case, less is definitely more.

7. Of all the ways I've tried so far, just washing head to toe daily for the past six weeks with a teaspoon or less of dry mustard mixed with my soaps and applied after showers and mixing the same amount with my lotions has made me almost feel like I don't have anything going on anymore.

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