The following treatments can be painful, so they are not suitable for children. They must always be carried out by a suitably qualified healthcare professional and should never be attempted at home.
Cryotherapy involves freezing the spots with liquid nitrogen to remove them. Each spot is frozen for 5-10 seconds so that a layer of ice forms over the spot and surrounding skin.
You may need several sessions of cryotherapy before each spot clears completely. You will need to wait two to three weeks between each treatment session.
Diathermy uses heat to remove the spots. After you have been given a local anaesthetic to numb the area being treated, your GP or nurse will use a heated electrical device to burn off the spots.
Curettage removes spots by scraping them off with a thin metal instrument called a curette. As with diathermy, you may have a local anaesthetic to numb your skin before having this type of treatment.
Pulsed-dye laser treatment is a relatively new type of treatment for MC. It uses a powerful beam of light to destroy the cells that make up each spot. A bruise is left which should heal within one to two weeks. Most people only need one or two sessions of pulsed-dye laser treatment to clear their spots.
Pulsed-dye laser treatment uses expensive equipment and its availability on the NHS is limited. Therefore, priority is given to people who have severe skin conditions, such as disfiguring birthmarks.
You are likely to have to pay privately for pulsed-dye laser treatment. The cost of treatment will depend on how many shots of the laser are needed. An average session usually costs around £100-£200.
Now that my daughters MC is now cleared I can say its been an extremely stressful journey and feel for any parent or patient that is going through this now. If I had to do it again I would definitely do things differently as I have scarred my daughter’s arm not badly but I know it’s there.
So when I say the doctors were not very helpful actually I was wrong they told me to leave it for them to go on its own accord which I ignored. This is by the far the best advice I can give even when it hurts to see your child with these spots they are painless and don’t bother them I think its more the parent with the problem well in my case it was.
If you can’t leave it then just be careful with what you’re doing.
If you have your own remedies or a problem with what I’ve written then please leave a comment thanks.