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I just joined this group as I'm running out of hope with this horrible infection! I have probably had MC for about 5 months now, on my inner thigh and genital region. For the first 3 months, I actually thought I had ingrown hairs, or a fungal infection from having to wear stockings every day so I was lathering steroid cream on the bumps- which made it 10000x worse. I finally went to the doctor in early April, and I couldn't believe I had MC- still have no idea how I got it.
We started burning the bumps, but alas they kept returning more and more. I have tried everything (ACV, TTO). I even got so desperate, I stupidly used 'wart-off' a highly acidic product. This actually burnt off most of my skin, including my very sensitive genital region. The pain was unbearable, I couldn't walk as huge burn blisters formed between my legs and my doc confirmed I had second degree burns. I did not think the MC could survive that trauma, but I was wrong and after my wounds heal guess what?.... MORE FRESH MC LESIONS!!
The doctor looked at the MC again after the burns had healed and he insisted it was clearing up. But I used my phone light to inspect myself again as I got home, and I could clearly see new lesions forming.
So this is where I'm at now. For the past week, I have been rigirous in my methods. I am using aldara 3 times a week, and on the other days using iodine solution( Aldara comes in teeny tiny packets and is super expensive, which is really annoying). I am then covering every inch of skin between my legs with tough, XL bandaids. It's not all that comfortable but that way I am stopping the infection from spreading ( I hope ). I do this every night after a shower. I then wear it for the whole next day then take the bandaids off in the shower at night and repeat the process. I have seen a big improvement with this method. My skin is quite red and irritated in general, but I know that the inflamation of molluscum is good as it means the immune system is fighting it. Other than scabby lesions, I have about 6 newer tiny ones that are only skin colour and I'm waiting for them to run its course.
I am going to Europe in July, which is only 6 weeks away. We are meant to be sailing around Croatia in a yacht and I have no idea how I am going to stomach wearing bikini with the scars I have from this horrible disease. It is so hard to keep positive, I have had to push away a relationship with someone I really liked because I was so afraid of him finding out/getting intimate.
I would love to hear other people's advice/stories. It's good to finally get this off my chest. I wish anyone else who is suffering with this a speedy recovery
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