24 July 2013

Weak Immune System and MCV

I'm starting to think that Thomas has a weak immune system as he has now come down with a further illness.

In the past few weeks he has been struck with Hand, Foot & Mouth and Prickly Heat which have caused him pain and discomfort but now we have hit something that is worse.

After seeing what looked like little warts on his body that were causing pain, I took him to see our GP. The GP knew straight away what it was... the Molluscum Contagiosum Virus.

Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral infection that affects the skin. It is highly contagious and easily spread through skin-to-skin contact with someone who is infected or it can be passed on by touching contaminated objects

Molluscum Contagiosum usually clears up on its own after 12-18 month. Yes! It could take up to a year and a half to fully go away!

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Treatment is not recommended because the infection usually clears up on its own and it doesn't interfere with everyday activities. Also many treatments can be painful and may cause scarring or burn the surrounding skin so these are never done in children's cases. 

It is most prominent in young children but doesn't usually affect many people due to our immune system fighting it off. Thomas' hasn't done this and so he is covered, head to toe, in a huge rash which are itchy and can grow quite big and look similar to water warts. 

Even though, as you can guess by it's name, Molluscum Contagiosum is highly contagious, but most people are resistant to the virus meaning that they are unlikely to develop the condition if they are exposed to the virus so Thomas can go on doing everything as normal. 

On average,  a person infected will get a few of the lesions in one spot which can spread but others who have a weak immune system can get more, covering the body. This is the reason why I think Thomas may have a weak immune system. They aren't in one place, they cover his whole body and he is in pain from the itchiness of them. I feel so upset that he's having to go through this and wish it would just go away. But no, it's looks like we are in this one for the long-haul and just have to wait it out. 

My poor little boy...

*Update: After all this fretting and Thomas been in pain from the spots, we went to see the emergency doctors who confirmed that Thomas had been misdiagnosed and that he in fact had chicken pox. 
I am glad, for him, that these will now be gone within a few weeks but am also upset that for 2 days, we put nothing on the spots to help them and so the itchiness and pain was there all the time. No wonder he was constantly crying.

7 comments:

  1. My eldest had this too when he was small. They do come in clusters then clear up eventually. No long term harm though- just a nuisance whilst they are there :( XX

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  2. Luca just hand hand foot and mouth, had never heard of it before, and that was bad enough. Not heard of this either but good to be aware of it. Hope he's felling better soon.

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  3. I had hand foot and mouth when i was pregnant with Rio due to my weakened immune system at the time. Poor chap thats horrible enough without having this on top :) hopefully it will clear up abit faster than expected! x

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  4. Poor Thomas. He really is going through it. Bless him. Gentle hugs to him and thinking of you all xx

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  5. aww porr Thomas . bless him thinking of you and i hope he feels better soon xxx

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  6. hope this is getting better now

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