Molluscum contagiosum in a young child before opertation

This heart-rending story is from a very worried mother.

Her 2 year old daughter was due to have open-heart surgery before Christmas. i.e. five weeks away. She had severe molluscum contagiosum on her chest, and the surgeon was not prepared to operate until the virus was cleared up. (Molluscum is a very common, highly contagious but harmless viral infection affecting mainly young children. It usually disappears spontaneously within a year or two, but can be notoriously difficult to treat.). The girl was referred to a dermatologist who applied a wart paint to all the spots. Unfortunately, the child suffered excruciating pain when the skin broke down where the paint had been applied. Mother was rightfully desperate.

One wonders what must have been going on in the dermatologist’s mind as he would have known that wart paint simply doesn’t work for molluscum. But this is where wheatgrass comes in. Usually it takes around six to ten weeks to eliminate the molluscum spots by applying a little on alternate days and persevering.

I’m happy to say mother is now using the wheatgrass extract, and I’m fairly certain the surgeons will be able to operate sooner than expected.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.

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