Molluscum is a contagious viral wart that can be difficult to get rid of. Common in children, molluscum can spread throughout the body, if left untreated. Many parents wish to find a molluscum treatment that is more effective. That’s where Cantharidin comes in.
Cantharidin is a safe and effective treatment for molluscum and other types of viral warts. Our Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Samantha Casselman, is proud to offer this and other holistic treatments in addition to evidence-based medical care to patients of all ages. Creating an integrative treatment plan that combines holistic methods with traditional health care allows Dr. Casselman and her team to treat your child as a whole, rather than just masking their symptoms.
What is Cantharidin?
Cantharidin is a liquid substance derived from the Blister Beetle. This chemical, when introduced to the treated areas, causes the area to blister and eventually slough off the skin with minimal pain or scarring. Cantharidin is a form of ancient Chinese medicine that has been used for centuries to treat warts like molluscum and other viral infections. It’s important to use Cantharidin only as directed by your provider, as it is a powerful solution.
What to Expect During Cantharidin Treatment
Before your child’s Cantharidin treatment begins, our Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Samantha Casselman, will go over the procedure in its entirety. This is so your child knows exactly what they can expect throughout their treatment. For this treatment, a small amount of the Cantharidin liquid will be placed on each individual molluscum wart all over the body. Placing this liquid is completely painless.
It's important to note that Cantharidin treatments will not be performed on the face or groin. In addition, we will not force treatment upon children who are unwilling to participate. The quantity of warts being treated is at your provider’s discretion.
What to Expect After Cantharidin Treatment
After washing off your child’s Cantharidin treatment, it will take about 24 hours for the blisters to begin to form. We ask that you keep your children’s skin clean and protected from the sun while these blisters form and heal to avoid complications like scarring or infections. After about a week, the blisters will scab over and slough off the body.
How Many Cantharidin Treatments Will My Child Need?
The number of Cantharidin treatments your child will need depends on how much molluscum your child needs treated, and the number of treatment sessions recommended by your provider to achieve desired results. The best way to find out how many Cantharidin treatment sessions your child will need is to schedule a consultation with Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Samantha Casselman. She’ll be happy to evaluate your child’s molluscum and provide them with a personalized treatment plan based on their individual needs.
Cantharidin Wart Treatments in Phoenix, AZ
Let the experts at Happy Skin Pediatric Dermatology help your child heal from their difficult molluscum. Our dedicated and compassionate team of providers is available to provide your child with the undivided attention and comprehensive healthcare they deserve. If you have any questions about the Cantharidin treatment or any other treatment offered at our practice, please give us a call at (602) 837-3376. To schedule an appointment with Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Samantha Casselman, please use our convenient online appointment request form.