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Hey everyone, so after a month of being diagnosed with MC and having read many peoples stories here I thought it was time to share my experience and successes/failures.
I first noticed the bumps as I said 4 weeks ago, about 8 or so white pearly papules up the shaft of my penis. I have Fordyce spots on my penis also, which I have had forever, but I think this is why I didn't spot the Molluscum earlier. The early stage MC looks very similar to fordyce spots.
I also had thrush at the same time I was diagnosed with MC, which makes me wonder if this may have influenced the ferocity of the initial break out? My immune system has definitely been run down recently, which I think is a contributing factor to the spread.
I booked in with a dermatologist right away and she told me not to worry as its very common in adults nowadays due to sexual transmission. She then went on and curetted (removed the cores with a tool) the ones that were visible.
I must mention that my anxiety was really peaked by my MC diagnosis and I noticed very faint bumps all over my body. I wasn't sure if they were normal or early molluscum.
I showed the derma and she said it just looked like general skin irritation... so I felt reassured.
Fast forward a week and 6 more came up in my pubic region and the ones up my torso were looking more and more like MC. So I decided to go to a new derma. He told me they were still too early to call but then froze the new ones that had come up on my penis and pubis.
I went back the following week and he positively ID'd the ones on my torso as MC... my worst nightmare! not only that but my skin was giving me real trouble pretty much all over my body. Dry and irritated, sometimes flakey. I've always had sensitive skin but not full blown eczema, but it looks like the MC infection has made my skin react and in turn that reaction has contributed to the widespread of my infection.
I have some acne on my body normally but now I just freak out at every blemish or bump that comes up! My anxiety is through the roof and I feel extremely depressed. I just want this nightmare to be over...
The derma gave me Hydrogen Peroxide 1% cream to apply to new lesions as the come up and ordered me to come back in 4 weeks. I don't think I will leave it that long though.
Lesions in my pubic area seem to mature a lot quicker than the ones anywhere else on my body. Has anyone else experienced this?
I'll keep you all up to date with my progress. I'd love to speak to any other MC sufferers. Feeling very alone right now.
I change my bedding every night, new clothes every day and every night when I go to bed. I use dermol 500 instead of soap in the shower. I even wear latex gloves when I clean the affected areas in the shower.. then I use paper towels and a hair dryer to dry my body.
I haven't had sex or even masturbated since this all began in fear of spreading it.
Yet it STILL spreads!
I've removed all things in my diet that may affect my immune systems function i.e. Caffeine, added sugar etc, and I've been taking Vit C, Zinc, B6 & D3.
I'm not going to let MC win though. We'll all be free of this awful thing someday, and I hope that day is just around the corner. We can do this!
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