Last Modified on Jun 20, 2014
Treatment of molluscum contagiosum focuses on eliminating the bacteria causing the condition. Many natural treatments are effective including apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and elderberry extract. Keeping the affected area clean and avoiding cross contamination of other areas is also important for eliminating the condition.
What is Molluscum Contagiosum?
A relatively common viral infection of the skin, molluscum contagiosum presents as round, firm bumps on the skin ranging in size form that of a pinhead to an eraser. The characteristic bumps typically appear with a small indentation or dot on the top and may become inflamed, red or irritated.
Natural Remedies for Viral Infections of the Skin
Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection of the skin. As such, treatment requires eliminating the underlying infection causing the condition and preventing further spread. Apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and elderberry extract have antiseptic properties that eliminate infection and clear the skin from the inside out.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a natural agent with extensive antibacterial qualities. When applied to the affected area, the apple cider vinegar penetrates the skin and eliminates the source of infection. The vinegar is particularly effective for eliminating the cores of the affected areas.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and antifungal agent. When applied topically, the oil infiltrates the skin and eradicates the underlying infection associated with molluscum contagiosum. Tea tree oil is also used for treating a number of other fungal conditions.
Elderberry extract is also an antiviral agent. When applied topically or taken orally, elderberry extract fights infection and eliminates symptoms of infection. The compound has also been used for treating the flu and other viral conditions.
Molluscum contagiosum is a common condition of the skin that resembles typical acne and spreads very quickly. Effective natural treatment including the topical application of apple cider vinegar as well as other treatments eliminates the underlying infection as well as the outward symptoms of the condition.
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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Allicin, Elderberry Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, Oregano Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Antiseptic Powder
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon Myrtle and Tea Tree Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Probiotics
- Clearasil Pads
- Clove Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Dead Sea Mud
- General Feedback
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Lemon Myrtle and Tea Tree Oils, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Lugol's Iodine
- Manuka Honey
- Molluscum Contagiosum Treatment Tips
- Multiple Remedies
- Oregano Oil
- OTC Antacid
- Over the Counter
- Pierce With Needle, ACV, Tea Tree Oil
- Pierce With Needle, Aldara
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Salt, Coconut and Clove Oils
- Tea Tree Oil
- Thuja Occidentalis
[YEA] 10/15/2013: Rr from Colorado: "Molluscum Contagiosum: My bf got this and gave it to me. We've tried everything. For him, he had hundreds and nothing worked (ACV, conzerol, TTO/Iodine, 30 PPM silver sol; hospital grade, etc. ). We went the popping route, b/c he had hundreds, and that slowed it. He would also keep the area covered.
For me, I had a couple very large ones. I knew what to look for, since his diagnosis, and when I would see any small pimply looking spot, I quickly covered it with a zinc-based pink tape, called Hy-Tape. The next day if they were angry (usually got bigger with a red ring around it and a white bullseye in the middle), I knew it was MC. The problem is they start out looking like a regular pimple, but quickly change. Mine were on my back and refused to pop, even using a hypodermic needle. I had bought an herbal formula containing Allicin, Elderberry Extract, Olive Leaf Extract and Oregano Oil for something else and decided to try it out on the MC lesions, b/c it had some of the recommended ingredients for treatments. I had to cut the capsule open with a knife (it's a hard shell), carefully, and then used flat ended toothpicks to scoop a little bit of the oil in the capsule out and carefully laid it on top of the lesion. Then I covered it up with the Hy-Tape and left it for a day. The next day, the lesions would come to a full head and the core comes out as a gooey mess on the tape. When I removed the tape, I knew it was for sure molluscum by the amount of blood that came from the lesions. These bleed like a scraped mole and not a pimple. I cleaned the area with alcohol q-tips and repeated for one week. I then continued to keep the lesions covered for one more week with just tape, even though the core was gone, until they were very small. I only used one toothpick side and q-tip side, PER lesion. Never double dipping anything.
This is what finally worked for me. I didn't take the formula orally, but it may help even more."
Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Molloscum Contagiosum
Folk Cure Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Cotton Swab (Q-Tip)
- Medical Tape
Apply the antibacterial qualities of apple cider vinegar (ACV) to the task by soaking a cotton makeup swab in ACV and then taping it over the affected skin. You can leave this treatment on overnight and later reapply as needed. The papules will turn white (possibly with black cores) and then fall off or disappear within several days.
[WARNING!] 03/24/2014: Nikorah from San Antonio, Tx: "Hi,
ACV does work for Molloscum Contagiosum, but its best if you can treat one lesion at a time otherwise it can hurt or burn your healthy skin, which becomes dry and irritated, then you scratch and cause them to spread. It will make your healthy skin look like road rash.
I have also read that you can put Vaseline on the areas that you don't want effected, not sure if this would cause all your band aids to come off Though, so it may not be practical.
Burning/freezing them off is not a good idea on a child because kids can't help but scratch and rub the blisters, this causes major spreading. Also if you still decide to try the Beatle juice, wash it off two hours after application, don't rub. I have taken my daughter several time to have this done and such bad blistering seemed unnecessary so I took her to another Dr. and he told me the shower trick. I tried it and it worked! The lesions died and she didn't have major blistering, just red where applied. My other Dr. Said to not wash it off for 24 hrs! What a difference it made.
Soak a small piece of cotton in the apple cider vinegar (just the kind you buy at grocery store)put directly over the lesion and cover with a bandaid. (Stock up on band aids cuz you will use a ton) Do this twice a day if possible. Best time to do this is right after a warm shower because the ACV will be able to penetrate easieR because the warts will be swollen.
01/14/2014: Struggling Momma from Alberta, Canada: "I've spent many hours reading about this nasty virus. I need some specific advice from anyone who can help with my questions.
First here are the circumstances: My 5 yr old girl has it. It started on her inner thighs about 4.5 months ago, but has now moved up to her groin/private region, and back of her knees. She has been treated by a dermatologist 3 times (over a 3.5 month period) with "Cantharone Plus"(Extract from a beetle, blistering agent). Each treatment has gotten progressively worse. The appointments are at least 4-6 weeks apart, the drug leaves her with LARGE painful blisters, and she has more bumps each time we go. I don't think I can do this to her again, it is awful. I did try Tea Tree oil twice a day (morn and eve) for a week and a half, with no results at all, except irritated skin.
She could barely walk yesterday (1 hr post treatment) they are so raw and red and must be very painful. She was a trouper though! I washed her and patched her up last night so she could sleep. Please note, she has quite sensitive skin. Bandages and medical tape usually leave red, scaly skin, and she has Exzema, but not often or in large patches. She doesn't do well with scented or coloured soap/ bodywash. So now to my questions:
1) I want to try the ACV treatment I've been reading about. BUT do I wait until the large blisters have subsided? I am guessing it will be INCREDIABLEY painful to put ACV on them in this state! ?
2) What is the ACV concentration amount? So how much ACV do I apply, and do I leave wet cotton balls/ pads in place bandaged or taped on? Or just dab on with a Q-Tip? How do you keep them stuck on wet skin? Do you cover each bump with a bandage or sterile dressing? Or is it better to leave them open? * concern with not covering them is reinfection of each leg, due to thighs rubbing*
3) Do you do this 1 or 2 times daily? (she is in school so only possible morn and eve)
4) I have been applying Kids Polysporin to the Large Blistered ones but not the small white bumps because it helps with the pain and she had 2 infected bumps last time around, so has anyone else tried this? Does it help or hinder the process?
5) Dermatlgst stated people with Exzema and skin conditions more susceptible to MC. Wear looser pants, no more tights, a thick barrier cream to stop chaffing of thighs. Baths better than showers, no bubbles, no oils. Aveeno oatmeal may be good. Pat dry, don't rub. All this info is well and good but some seems contradictory to what I keep reading. Particularly the bath over shower part. Perhaps bathing in ACV? Any suggestions please?
6) My child LOVES the swimming pool, and we go often. She also has swim lessons once a week. Do we bandage them all each time we go? Would a swim suit with legs be of any use? Any suggestions??
7) Lastly, if anyone has experience in dealing with this in a child, in such a sensitive body area please pass any info along, I would really appreciate it.
Thanks so much for your time,
One Frustrated Mum
P.S. I am Vigilant about not wearing pants more than once, keeping hands away from that area (tough when going to bathroom though) and only using towels once.
01/14/2014: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Struggling Momma,
I am so sorry about your daughter! I hate to see my little ones suffer, too! We have dealt with many skin issues over the years and I will share some things we have used. While we have not dealt with MC before, we have dealt with many skin issues, I can tell you what I would try.
First the Raw Apple Cider Vinegar...yes, it stings unless a good bit diluted. You could try 1/2 or 1 cup in her bath. After you draw the bath and add the vinegar, put the water on a cotton ball and test on a spot to make sure it is comfortable. You could do that nightly. If you want to spray it on, dilute it a lot and test one spot. Maybe start with 1 part vinegar and 5 parts water.
I have not seen Extra Virgin Coconut Oil mentioned for this (I may have missed it) but it is one of my favorite anti-virals. You can give her 1 teaspoon internally twice a day. You can also use this directly on the spots. You could add a little bit of tea tree and or clove essential oil to this (5 drops of essential oil to 1 Tablespoon coconut oil) to use topically. Test one spot. If it stings, skip the essential oils.
Turmeric, internally, is wonderful for skin conditions and infections. We give a child that age 1/4 teaspoon twice a day. (In serious situations, we have used more.) This should be taken with plenty of water.
Some have found Grapefruit Seed Extract, 2 drops in 6 ounces of juice, twice a day to help a lot.
You can get colloidal silver in a spray to apply topically if the vinegar doesn't work out. This should not sting (any more than water would.)
Yes, the tape irritates my skin and that of my children, too. I have not found a good solution to this. If they would cover, you could get little boys boxer/briefs made of all cotton to keep thighs from reinfecting one another. Just get a size that will be comfortably loose.
Keeping processed food and processed sugar to a minimum is important. An organic apple and banana to the daily diet would be helpful.
Well, these are the things I would start with. There are other herbs and things that could be tried if these things are not successful.
Please keep us posted on her progress.
~Mama to Many~"
01/15/2014: Frog513 from Nc, Us replies: "Dear Struggling Momma,
I understand your frustration and concern. Both of my kiddos had this and with my son the ACV worked great - His MC was on his torso/side. My daughter had MC on her bottom and behind her knees. We tried the ACV but it was too harsh for her so I bought some iodine ( not the brown kind- but the clear kind from the health food store). We would put it on every night and morning. At night we covered them with small round band-aids and we saturated the little pad on the band-aid as well. In the morning we would just put some iodine on them and leave them uncovered. The MC would become "angry" looking for a few days and then they turned to scabs and went away. They did leave little pock mark type scars but they are barely noticeable. It has been well over a year and no sign of them returning. The iodine did not cause her any discomfort at all. I hope this works for you!
02/21/2014: Jw from Sacramento replies: "I want to offer help for those who are struggling with band-aids or medical tapes that irritate skin, when needing to keep applying poultices or other healing modalities on sensitive skin.
I suffered with sensitive skin, and have fallen in love with using that 'new' type of saran wrap called Press 'n' Seal.
I use a sterile gauze pad to apply vinegar or oil or garlic or salve or whatever needs to be on the 'wound' or area of concern... then cut a size of Press'n'Seal large enough to hold it on- larger than a band-aid would be, usually an inch around or better if it's larger, then just stick it on to my skin. It doesn't look great! but it doesn't cause any skin irritation.
I wore one into my dermatologists, and she was excited, immediately saying she knew two young patients she was going to use it with right away who were suffering with an 'adhesive allergy" as she called it.
If you are dealing with a large skin area, like a rash or have several lesions or pimples or bites or such, stick your gauze bits to them, and cover the whole thing with the wrap. If you need it to look better, or are working with a child (who won't be able to resist peeling it off) or it's in an area where it will get rubbed by clothing, then you can cover the sticky-wrap with gauze, or that sticky-ace-bandage stuff, but it isn't touching the skin, so it's easier on the skin. And, it 'waterproofs' the poultice from leaking out of, say, just gauze."
[YEA] 01/01/2014: Carlisha from Leesville,la: "My daughter suffered with mollusum contagium for over a year..
None of the prescriptions seemed to be working, at my request my daughter began taking cimetidine twice a day. I saw this suggestions for Apple cider vinegar, we started bathing her in it daily. After one week half her bumps were gone. At this point we stopped the oral medication and used only the vinegar... Guess what - she is completely bump free!!!! It saved us from the constant itching and scratching...thank you for suggesting this . I'm one relieved mama."
[YEA] 09/19/2013: Kristen from North Carolina: "Hey I was dealing with molluscum for some months "down there" but what I found that worked was applying apple cider vinegar every time I used the rest room and it went away in a week and hasn't come back."
[YEA] 03/09/2013: Susan from Hartford, Ct: "I found this site after my son was diagnosed with molluscum on his face. The dr recommended CompoundW. However, I decided to try to ACV treatment and I cannot be more happy with the results.
I used a piece of a cotton ball moistened with full strength ACV, held in place with a bandaid. After the first night, the molluscum spots already showed signs of dying- the center turned black. We continued the treatment almost nightly for about three weeks. The area does become irritated and reddened, so we either cut the ACV with water, or only did the treatment every other night. Within three weeks they were completely gone, and only red marks remained- these lasted a few weeks but are now mostly gone and I expect will fade completely.
One excellent discovery: my other son had a plantar wart on his toe so I decided to try the treatment on that as well, and within the same amount of time his wart was GONE. We had had trouble with warts in the past and had a heck of a time getting rid of them-- months and months. I wish we had known about the ACV before.
I am amazed that my son's doctor had never heard about it."
[YEA] 10/01/2012: Tj from Glenmoore, Pa: "I wanted to post my 11 year old son's experience with Molloscum Contagiosum. He had it for about three months on his upper thigh before I realized (and confirmed with pediatrician) what he had. I read many, many hours on the internet for what to do and agree with ACV as a first course of action. I do have a caveat. ACV will burn the skin and my son's problem was the larger pox were surrounded by tiny ones, which many people don't mention. So I freaked out when I did the ACV and then more seemed to pop out! I kept applying the ACV and I cleaned out the larger pox as some people have posted. Then the ACV began to redden his skin so I switched to CLOVE OIL. I applied clove oil to the entire area affected (always with gloved hands and q-tips) and covered it with a cloth bandage and taped it on. He smelled like a Christmas cookie. After three weeks his leg has some scabs but no new pox. I also gave him TAGAMET (Walmart generic). I think we will be in the clear soon. Here is a quick breakdown of what I did following what people have already posted:
1. apply ACV to large pox -- don't freak out if more come out just keep treating them; once a large pox is cleaned out apply triple antibiotic ointment for a couple of days to avoid infection
2. if skin becomes irritated and you have cleaned out the larger pox switch to 100% Clove Oil
3. give generic Tagamet, I used the dosage of 30mg per kg of body weight, which seemed a little high for his 105 lbs. so he took 1000 mg - 1200 mg (5-6 200mg tablets daily)
I hope this helps."Replies
10/06/2012: Inapanic from Toronto, Ontario replies: "I first notice the spots on my thigh about a month after going to a new gym.. Didn't know what it was but thought it was spider bites... Within weeks I had spread it to my penis and other thigh.... I have had them frozen off every week since mid August and it is doing nothing... There are more every week... Have start using clove oil as well as the freezing... I am at my wits end... Has anybody been sucessful completely with anything........ The ACV did nothing for me help!"
11/03/2012: Tj from Glemoore, Pa replies: "It can take awhile for your immune system to kick in. In adults it is not a strong as children. I would take some supplements to increase your immune system and maybe some herbal anti-virals like oil of oregano which is amazing."
11/05/2012: Mike from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl replies: "I've had MC for like 5 months ago. Doc told me to wait it out. Everything I read online told me to wait it out. Until this thread. I'm currently on day 4 or 5 of sleeping with a makeup pad dipped in ACV on the affected area with a bandage over it. And then a few times during the day I'll dip a pad and just wipe down all the areas affected. I can't sleep with the bandages on all the spots because some are just too hard to do that with. So far the bumps have become VERY irritated. Hopefully this leads to them dying off. Also, in the morning when I get dressed I sprinkle some baby powder in my underwear (I may have forgot to mention that the bumps are almost all localized to the gentital area) to keep moisture down and then sprinkle some more in there again before the gym.
MC has become such a pain in the ass. Especially since I have a long distance girlfriend that I haven't seen since before getting MC and of course she wants to see me and I'm just too embarassed to go see her :("
05/26/2013: Mike from Boston, Ma replies: "Forget ACV. Forget everything you 'think' you know about Molluscum and how people are treating it. If it 'goes away on it's own' how do we know any of these homeopathic treatments are actually doing anything? We might think ACV did the heavy lifting, when really it was your immune system.
And there in lies the true cure. Here is my story, my cure (and it can be yours too):
I wanted to share with you my experience. You've heard it all before, some variation of the following story. Some weird bumps showed up, thought they were (pimples, ingrown hair, folliculitis, herpes, etc), and they spread rapidly much to our alarm. Maybe you worsened it like me and popped and drained it before knowing what was going on.
Then tell me if this sounds familiar. You go to the doctor and they freeze it, curettage it, laser it, chemically burn it, what have you, and then tell you that it will go away on it's own and resolve in time. Easy for them to say. Meanwhile, your inner psychological life is in turmoil. Physicians as a whole decidedly do NOT understand the deep psychological trauma that comes along with this "harmless" disease.
Believe me I know how bad you are suffering. For the first time in my life, I contemplated suicide over this bastard of a disease. My bathroom was an apothecary and wasteland of cotton balls, band-aids, gauze pads, tape, apple cider vinegar, aldara, tweezers, needles, hydrogen peroxide, acycolvir, valcylovir, emuaid, conzero1, tea tree oil and on and on and on. None of it worked.
I'm sorry to say it, but until medical research catches up, pills, creams, physical removal, etc. , are NOT going to handle this for you.
The only thing that can TRULY beat MCV is your immune system.
Until I contracted MCV, I thought I ate pretty healthy, I was in decent shape, worked out, didn't eat to much fatty foods.
BUT I WAS EATING VERY LITTLE TO NO FRUITS, VEGETABLES, NUTS, AND SEEDS. These things contain the core essential nutrients that our immune system has been proven to need in countless medical journals, to function at an elite level.
If you want to beat MCV You need to radically change your diet in order to turbo boost and radically change your immune response. I'm not talking about minor changes, an extra apple, or salad (covered in dressing) here and there. Little changes to your diet will only affect small to no change in your overall immune system response. Only radical changes will affect radical results. Get it?
I went from eating a decidedly american diet of refined carbs and meat to 100% fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds based on the teachings of Dr. Fuhrman's books 'Eat to Live' and 'Super immunity', although the information here is widely available in many other nutritional journals. His was just the one I found first. I AM NOT STUMPING FOR YOU TO BUY ANYTHING, but he has put a lot of the information together in a human readable way that we all can understand. I'll even tell you the core idea of his 'Super Immunity', I feel that he would approve of me sharing this knowledge to help you all heal from this nasty nasty virus.
Say it with me, G-BOMBS. It's the acronym that will (most likely) rescue us from this B. S.
G - Greens (leafy ones, kale, collards, mustard greens, etc)
B - Beans (Kidney, lentils, etc. )
O - Onions (the more variation of onion varieties the better)
M - Mushrooms (the more variation of mushroom varieties the better)
B - Berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)
S - Seeds/Nuts (Walnuts, pumpkin seeds, cashews, almonds, etc)
You need to eat all of this stuff in combination so your body is getting all the nutrients from all these items around the same time. Don't overdue the nuts/seeds, they are caloricaly dense and a little goes a long way, but get enough. The rest are hard to really overeat as they are not calorically dense at all, and you can only eat so much Kale before you are full. Fruits and veggies take up a lot of room in your gut. Also sodium is not helpful to your immune system, so try and get the lowest sodium version of all items possible.
Here is a quick starter recipe you can experiment with to get you going:
GBOMBS SOUP Desert:
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/2 red onion, chopped
handful of green onions, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
10 various mushrooms, chopped
1/2 zucchini, chopped
1/2 yellow squash, chopped
handful of peas (optional)
12 ounce can of chopped tomatoes
12 ounce can of kidney beans
6 large kale leaves, chopped
3 cups of vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon of sage
1/2 teaspoon of red pepper
1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium and saute the red onion, green onions and carrots until they are soft. Add the mushrooms, zucchini, squash and peas and cook until the mushrooms have released their juices, this will be obvious because all of a sudden there will be a lot of moisture/water in the pot that you didn't add. Next, add the tomatoes, kidney beans, and vegetable broth and cook until heated through. Add the kale leaves and spices and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!
Follow this up with a dessert of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, walnuts and pumpkin seeds and you have completed the GBOMBS. This shouldn't be all you are eating though, keep eating as many raw fruits and vegetables as possible.
Five days later of my new RADICAL 'nutritarian' diet, the MCV stopped spreading for the first time in 6 weeks. I just stared at myself in the mirror, truly in shock. Could it really have been this simple all along? Not only that, but I was LOSING WEIGHT and FEELING FREAKING FANTASTIC. Then the lesions slowly started scabbing over and/or just disappearing. I kid you not my fellow MCVers. Your immune system is so incredible, but it is severely underfunded with the resources it needs to stage it's all out nuclear war on MCV. FUND IT TODAY.
I wish you much love and success, I truly do. You are not alone, there are a lot of us out there suffering. WE CAN GET BETTER!!!!!
FYI I'm not a doctor (like they were any help anyways), I am only sharing what worked for me, I cannot guarantee this will work, but it did for me, in spades. Please make sure you are not allergic to anything in my soup and dessert recipe here."
[YEA] 05/26/2013: Frog513 from Swansboro, Nc, Us replies: "My son had molluscum and then my daughter contracted it as well. With my son, they were on his side and spreading, no help from the doctor. The ACV worked well for him. Swabbed over them each evening and covered with large bandaids did the trick - gone within a week. My daughter had them on the backs of her legs, knees and bottom. The ACV was too harsh for her skin. After more research I tried using iodine. I used Liqui-kelp and Postassium iodide ( ran out of the liqui-kelp and had the other on hand). I put a few drops, rub it in and cover with bandaid that the pad is soaked in Iodine. It worked great for her - they were gone within a week of treatment. Bear in mind that the bumps get ugly and look irritated, then turn black in the middle and then they go away.. For both of my kids they left pock marks but you can't see them unless you are up close. They are both molluscum free. Hope this helps!
[YEA] 08/03/2012: Vix from Napier, New Zealand: "I was very pleased to come across this information. When my eldest was about 4 she suffered this condition and I waited as the Doctor suggested, for it to go away on its own. Well it spread considerably from her legs and on up her tummy and was quite unsightly, causing distress even for a 4 year old. It took about 9 months to disappear. That was years ago, but when I noticed some spots on my son's legs a month or so ago I had a look for some alternative solutions to waiting.
The ACV treatment worked after just 4 treatments. I washed the area carefully, wearing gloves as it is contagious. Then I surrounded each spot with zinc oxide to protect the surrounding skin, soaked a small cotton ball (the size of my little finger nail) in ACV diluted to 50% with water, squeezed it out then placed it over the spot, then covered the affected area with a band-aid and left it over night. In the morning we removed the band-aids and allowed the skin to be uncovered for the day and then repeated the treatment again the next night. The bumps were noticeably reducing after 2 treatments, and on the 3rd day had developed a little black spot in the middle. I didn't try to squeeze them or anything, just repeated the treatment, and then by the look of the spots which were pretty much gone, stopped the treatment, and now there is no sign of any spots. I would happily recommend this procedure to anyone, but caution you that the ACV is acidic, so the zinc oxide to protect the unaffected skin is useful, as is the dilution of 1:2 so it is not too strong."Replies
08/07/2012: Momofthree from Fairhope, Al, Usa replies: "Started treatment of ACV 3 nights ago on a few spots. They are responding differently, some have scabbed and are flatten, other are looking like they are coming to a head? Is this what should be happening? I am trying ACV on a few and Tea tree oil on a few, to see what kind of results I get. Can anyone tell me what to physically look for with the progression of treatment? I'm worried I either have burned the skin or not been aggressive enough."
08/07/2012: Vix from Napier, Nz replies: "Some of the other responses suggest that the spots may come to a head with the treatment. I don't thnk this would be anything to worry about unless it looks really nasty and infected around the outside (ie really red or sore). You may want to stop the treatment for a few days and just cover the spots. I wouldn't try to squeeze them."
08/16/2012: Clove Oil from Xx, Fl replies: "Get some clove oil and apply it twice a day for maybe a week. The spots might swell a little first, but then they will get a tiny scab in the top where the core died and heal up. It's cheap, about $5 bucks for a half once. It gets the someone Apple Cider Vinegar can't seem to kill. Cautions- don't use if you have certain medical problems like liver or kidney problems. Also, most sites recommend diluting it with a carrier oil. I applied directly, but that it not advised since it is a poison like tea tree oil. We are now MC free, and it was quick, easy, and painless."
[YEA] 09/03/2012: Marc from Raleigh, Nc replies: "I was so frustrated after my 4 year old got molluskum on his arms, chest and legs. Dermatologist had nothing to offer except a bill. After trying several creams ordered online and even salycilic acid wart remover which was painful and didnt work I discovered ACV. I used it full strength and just rubbed each spot with a soaked qtip a couple time a day. It's been about a month and they are almost completely gone. Wonderful painless and cheap."
09/07/2012: Mjbd from Quito, Ecuador replies: "The only effective treatment is a product called Conzerol. After just 5 days the lesions were almost gone. I read the testimonials on their site and doubt it to be true, but it is. Wonder why pediatricians do not know about it. Ours does now."
[YEA] 06/24/2012: Kenzie from Salina, Kansas, USA: "I would just like to post the progress I have made with my 6 year old to cure her MC with ACV. She has had them for over 10 months. The dermatologist said they would go away on their own, but could spread since she has eczema. I am a nurse and appreciate alternative or homeopathic medicine. The dermatologist told me that they could burn each one of the MC off, but it will hurt and they might come back. After hours of research, I decided to try the ACV suggesstions. I just wanted to post what I did. It took over a month, but all of the MC are gone!
1. Apply Zinc Oxide to all skin surrounding the MC to protect it from the ACV. ACV will burn and dry skin out, so keep it off healthy skin as much as possible.
2. Soak cotton ball with ACV. Cut small pieces to cover the MC. Apply soft roll gauze, then coban over the whole affected area, and leave it on over night. Take it off in the morning and shower. Be sure to use a new towel with each shower and do not rub the MC, just pat dry or air dry. I did this for 2 nights. The MC appeared to be wet and white. Some of them turned black also. I let the skin air out when no treatment was on the skin.
3. After all of the original MC were dead, there was an outbreak of all of the ones that must have been dormant. I treated them by dabbing a ACV soaked Q-tip on each one, 3 times a day, until they turned white or scabbed. I also added a cup of the ACV to the bath water once a week throughout this whole process.
4. I used Triamcinolone cream to the reddened areas of healthy skin that was damaged by the ACV.
5. After all the MC were obviously dead and dry, I began to put Vit E oil directly to the areas to help the healing process. These MC can leave awful purple scars. I did this twice a day for a week.
6. The skin was extremely dry after the treatment and my daughter wanted to scratch all of the time. After I knew the MC were all gone, I began to put Eucerin cream to the dry skin twice daily.
7. All of her MC are gone and the skin is nearly healed. I bathe her in Aveeno oatmeal bath once a week and keep the area moisturized.
This may not work for everyone, but it did for me. It took a little over a month, but I cannot see one MC anywhere. She has some scars, but I think they will fade. My advice about this treatment: be patient, do not pick them as I saw them spread when my daughter scratched, do not get ACV into open areas or on good skin, expect more to appear after the start of treatment, and be persistent."Replies
07/07/2012: Hayley from Epsom, Surrey, England replies: "Thank you for your post, I have spent about 2 days now reading up on MC on google and this is really helpful. My 7 year old son has had MC for 2 years on his arms and legs. Over the past 3 days his elbows, ankles, bottom, almost everyone has got really angry red like hives - the Dr says these are MC as well but who knows... I have been giving him Tea Tree and APV baths for the past 3 nights and then bathing spots with APV before bed but there are so many I can't dress them all. I'm at my wits end, he is so good and understanding about them but we just want them gone now and am really worried they are going to spread to his face and neck as these are the only free places at present. The Dr has also prescribed antibiotics as lots are infected. Have your children had it this bad and how long do you think it will take to heal using the APV? Many thanks, and it's so nice to hear other people's stories as I don't know anyone else with MC."
07/07/2012: Candace from Abilene, Tx replies: "My youngest daughter, my husband and I all have MC. For some reason my oldest has never shown signs. But In the summer time my youngest daughter and I get bumps all over our head. We both get it in our scalp and now I have a ton of them on my forehead and she has some spreading around her face; on her cheeks, nose, eye lids and lips. I have always been told to let it run its course. That they will dry up and fall off but that hardly ever seems to be the case. It seems the longer we have had it the more bumps we get when we get another out break. I would really love to find a remedy that works!"
[YEA] 07/17/2012: Justamamma/kim from Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States replies: "I have suffered from MC for over 15 years. I know my story is long, but there may be some kind of help in it for you. Do not let MC go!!
Tea tree oil application
Tea tree oil has powerful astringent (causes compression of body tissues and canals) properties that are effective in stopping the spread of the lesions. For a more soothing experience, drop the oil in bath-water and soak it in for at least 15 minutes. It is considered to be one of the best natural herbal cures for Molluscum contagiosum.
I soaked this morning. After I mixed tea tree oil, 100% with Jababa oil (a hair, scalp, and body oil from, all natural. Does not smell the best, my little girl says smells like crackers lol, but I love it!!! ) and applied to the area. I let my skin dry completely, before dressing. Right away I noticed the bumps getting smaller. The area also seemed to be less irritated and not so red.
I decided to wear leggings, or tights underneath my jeans. Jeans tend to rub back and forth on my skin. I am trying to stay in baggy clothes if I can. I want this gone!! B)
Tonight, my skin is dry and itchy. But still the MC seems to be getting better. Were I applied and soaked, I decided not to apply during the evening. I think I will also try ACV, alternating the two.
MC... My name is Kim, I am 29 and I have suffered from MC for over 15 years. After many years, many diagnoses, and many failed creams, I decided to give up. MC spread to over half of my body before my ob/gyn finally said what it was. I was still given creams that didn't work or worked for very short periods of time. I cannot remember the last time I was able to put on a pair of shorts or a skirt, without trying to find a way to cover my legs. Actually shorts are out of the question. I understood MC was contagious, through my ob doctor, but until today not like this. I am in fear for my 9 and 6 yr old. :( We always share towels and bath together, using the same wash cloth. Why do they not tell people these things??? Anyway, I finally decided there had to be something I could do and decided to search. I found one website where they said to use tea tree. I started only today. There were also other suggestions that I will post below. The worst of my MC is on my legs, upper thighs and behind. I have always picked at it, not knowing it would spread. I did however have a couple removed, on my female area, not understanding it was a big deal or that what was on my legs was the same thing. From my understanding, I had eczema, a very extreme case and very sensitive skin. This is how several dermatologists described it. Only three weeks ago I was prescribed a topical acidic cream to apply, which made the MC inflamed and spread more. After prescribing a lotion and soap for sensitive skin to be used, the doctor said, "It was a buildup of Keratin. " I believe that is what he called it. All I know is I broke out the worst ever before. I consulted the doctor, they advised me to continue. I did, still no result, and the MC became worse. (I am not sure if it was the topical acidic cream or lotion.)
I cannot wait to wear a pair of shorts, wow. I don't even remember wearing them as a kid, what will this be like. Good Luck to all of you!!! I hope this helped! I will keep you posted!!!!"
07/24/2012: Clove Oil Works from Orlando, Florida replies: "Clove oil..... Clove oil..... Clove oil..... It works fast.... Clove oil worked in a couple days and doesn't hurt or damage the skin. Did the ACV and it worked okay, but just hurt my 2 yr old too much. Tried zymaderm, didn't work. Tried clove oil applied directly too spots (my bottle was over 8 yrs old so I applied direct, but probably dilute with carrior oil if new(some say their oil is strong enough undiluted to blister. So be careful, don't get it too strong). It should only be a mild tingle if anything when applied. First the spot gets a little raised and inflamed around it. Then the horrible little spots get a dark spot in the center within a couple days of 2 applications per day and fall out. Killed them dead. Finally something that works, if I had only known at the beginning, he would have only had 15 spots to treat not 50. Clove oil, who knew."
07/31/2012: Ellefatica from Raleigh, Nc replies: "My son has just been diagnosed with MC. I too thought it was heat rash or heat bumps..... How foolish. My dermatologist reccommenmded Altrina and it seems too be working. I am going to try both the ACV and the clove oil. Please pray for us... It is just on the left side of his back and his belly, but my other two sons have not yet contracted it, so I at least know what to do if they break out. He has had it for a few weeks but I just tried the Altina ( tretinon gel... I know the spelling is incorrect. ) However, the dermatologist gave me about 30 sample sizes because it is so expensive. the pimples appear to be flattening. Unfortunately my son has scratched a few of them and it looks a little worse in some spots. So, note to myself, .... Avoid the Apple Cider Vinegar on the scratches. I will follow up with the treatment and the name of the gel prescribed by my derm."
06/04/2012: Amanda from Ozark, Alabama: "About 2 yrs ago I noticed my oldest son had some small bumps around his shoulder area. Didn't think much of it we live in South Alabama so bug bites are very common. I went on life as normal BATHING MY KIDS TOGETHER.... After a few more weeks I noticed that my oldests bumps had spread & a friend suggested that it might be MC. I had no idea what that was so I took him to the Dr & same story as the other people. However he did tell me that it was highly contagious. My heart sunk knowing that I had already exposed my two other kids to the virus. My sweet baby girl showed signs about a month after seeing the Dr. Hers however were between her legs up high. She has battled over a yr now. It has been painful for her and heartbreaking for me. I asked the dr everytime we visited if there was anything we could do to stop the progression. You see where hers are they multiply like crazy. I finally got sick of hearing "just let it run it's course". My baby was getting scarred in a delicate place & not to mention the pain.
I turned to the web & found out about ACV. Now it was not an easy task getting my 5yr to let me put the treatment in this very sensitive place. My oldest was game & was willing to do whatever it took. My youngest 3 has one on his behind & one on his arm but after watching my daughter's reactions was not too happy to let me try the treatment on him... We solidered on. After the first round the biggest of my daughter's bumps are gone my oldest son's have all gone & baby boy made it only 2 days so more is needed there. Baby girl is going to need more treatments as well. But I must say the information i've received here has been invaluable. I hope that a mom somewhere reads this & gets help for there baby's before 1 & 1/2 yrs passes with no help.
#1 don't allow legs to rub together at all!
#2 make sure the area drys completely before dressing
#3 don't poke or pop them!
#4 let them see the progress so they maybe more willing to go along with the treatments
#5 pray over those suckers!"Replies
06/06/2012: Ash from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "Like you I have a 3 year old who has the virus, started out about 8 months ago with a few bumps and has spread down her arm and tummy and on to her legs. Dr stated " it would go away on its own!" which now seems to me a totally unresponsible comment to make.
I have applied cotton wool dipped in ACV to a couple of spots over night to test it. They seem to have turned white in the middle - do I keep applying? IÂ am worried I will burn the skin surrounding the ACV if I keep applying."
06/14/2012: Lookingforacure from Atlanta, Ga replies: "My 6 year old daughter has had this for a few months on her left side. At first I thought it was skin tags but I quickly changed my mind when the tags were spreading into different locations. Like any good mother I turned to Dr. Google and discovered that she has MC. I have not taken her to the doctor but have started treating her with ACV for the last 2 days. She has about 30 bumps - most of them on her upper thigh, a few on her torso and just a couple on her inner arm. I apply 2-3 cotton pieces at nite and so far it looks very promising. I also give her a bath in a cup of ACV for about 30 min. She doesn't seem to mind. I also keep the bumps that are red and look like they are red and raised covered with a baindaid that has been treated with antibiotic cream. This seems to work well and usually within 12 hours the bump has opened up and the bump looks MUCH better already. We have had a couple of very infected bumps and this is why I'm doing this - mainly to prevent this from happening - and to prevent other bumps from forming. She is tolerating it well but doesn't like to take the bandaids off in the morning. I'm hoping we don't have to do this for a very long time because the adhesive of the bandaids is very irritating. The spots we have treated so far have all turned black though. It's not a pretty sight with all the redness, bumps and black spots. however - I'm hopefull we'll be seeing the end of this soon."
06/14/2012: Falcon from Houston, Tx replies: ""Apple Cider Vinegar for Molluscum Contagiosum": Just wanted to give an update on my 3 yr old son the two bumps that were left on his arm one turn black and fell off the other one is half black and it looks like it will dry out soon. I bathe him very night with ACV and water and I think it has help for No new bumps has came out J. My son would complain about the pain when I would put a pad with ACV and cover it over night and remove it in the morning; So now I am just put the pad every other night. For the mother who is worry about burning the good skin, I gave my son a break from the ACV couple days or put lighter amount of ACV in his bath."
07/09/2012: Rootsnsprouts from Land O Lakes, Florida replies: "DILUTE THE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR W/ WATER FIRST BEFORE APPLYING. 1/2 and 1/2"
07/28/2012: Clove Oil from Orlando, Fl replies: "Forget the acv.... Use clove oil. A couple application a day. It works quick and doesn't leave a big scab like acv. I had problems with spreading of the spots around the treated area with the acv, but no problems with this with the clove oil. I stumbled on it by accident, but it worked so good for my two yr old I want to scream it from the roof tops. Twelve weeks of battling this mc. Going from 15 spots to about 200, and then after trying clove oil, they are gone. We won. Take that mc. Thank you clove oil."
09/19/2012: Jill from Thompson, Manitoba Canada replies: "I am interested in what I am reading about clove oil, has anyone tried it and had it not work. My 2 year old has had MC for over 1 year now and the doctor told us to leave it alone and it will go away. Well its been getting worse, much worse, he has it all over his face and he picks, so it's been spreading. People are always asking me "what's wrong with him?, what does he have?" I hate it and I think he is starting to notice, I don't think the ACV is a good fit for us, since the spots are so close to his eyes, but any additional information anyone can provide on clove oil, such as can I apply it to his face, and how should I at what strength should I use, what should I mix it with, should I cover the spots with band-aids after? Thank you for any help."
09/20/2012: Amandap from Southern California, California replies: "We have been trying the clove oil mixed with wheat germ oil (both are supposed to be good for immunity and antiviral) once a day after a shower for the past week on my three year old. The spots which had been spreading up his side into his armpit are going away, but unfortunately the bumps are still spreading. I would recommend trying the clove oil for the body, however, I would not use this oil on the face near the eyes. The oil is strong and I am still working out if it is too strong to put on the bumps directly. The major plus about it is that it doesn't dry out the skin as badly as the Apple Cider Vinegar applications which we tried for about two weeks with lots of crying because it burned... Even when diluted."
05/13/2012: Marx from Manchester, Uk: "I applied ACV to MCs and got it out. But again they have appeared on my face this time. The one on shoulder, after applying acv, they died and left circular marks. Now this is gonna happen to my face as well. How can I remove these marks of dead MCs ? Please help."Replies
[YEA] 05/14/2012: Beth from Atlanta, Ga replies: "My 4 year old daughter had 3 wart-like bumps- 2 in her armpit and 1 just under on her rib age. I took her to the dr to see what it was. It was diagnosed as Mollescum Contagiosum. He said it would take 9 months to over a year for it to go away. I read about ACV, we tried it... I used a makeup remover pad, cut a piece the size of her bump, dipped it in ACV and put on the bump. I covered it with a waterproof bandage (sticks on all 4 sides, keeps the ACV pad in place) overnight.
After 3 nights of treatment, the MC bumps were scabbed over, the ACV also damages the healthy skin around the MC so I was going to take a break from applying the ACV and 2 days later the scabs came off by themselves and the MC was completely gone! I am thrilled that it didn't take months to take care of this!"
[YEA] 05/24/2012: Falcon from Houston, Tx replies: "Apple Cider Vinegar for Molluscum Contagiosum: 5/24/12 My son of 3 yr was diagnose with MC two month ago the doctor told us just let the MC to take its course and it will go away in about 6 to 12 months. My son started with one bump on his stomach and then two on his arm. I decide to treat him with ACV. I bathe him in water and two cup of ACV and dip makeup pad in the ACV and tape the pads to the bumps overnight. After the first bath and over night pads; the next morning they were white and the second morning the bumps were still white. But on the third night half of the bump on his stomach was turning black and fourth night it was completely black. On the fifth day my son complained that it was hurting him when I place the pads. So I stop putting on the pads with AVC but continue to bathe him in ACV. And today is the ninth day and this morning I notice the bump on the stomach fell off. I decide to put antibiotic cream on the area to keep it clean. I am still waiting on the two bumps on his arm; hopefully it won't be long before the fall off.
I wanted to thank you all for your tips that you place in this website- it has help my son so much."
04/14/2012: Jennifer from New York City, Ny: "Question: Two weeks ago I noticed two bumps on my left crotch. 1 week later, it became 10. I was panic so I went to the dermatolist... he froze the 8 bumps wihtout saying it would spread.
Two days later. 10 bumps became 40. It went to my vagina and left butt cheek.
Desperately searching the internet for cure, I decided to try Apple Cider Vinegar .. and keep a journal here for your all.
Day 1: Soaked cotton balls with ACV and sealed with waterproof tap. From 9pm till 12pm the next day. Areas show no bumps now surfaced 20 small white puz filled ones ( does that mean it is working? ). The others are just read and round.
Day 2: Saturday so I am spreading it with ACV all over my body, and tape all the enlarged areas the whole afternoon. Nothing changed - no black/brown- only white and red.
Question: does spreading ACV all over my body preventing the spreading of virus?
I don't know where I got it from. I went to the Korean Sauna a month ago. Went into the Jacuzzi - could it be where I got it?"Replies
04/15/2012: Jennifer from New York City, Ny, Usa replies: "Sunday day 3: Last night I taped all over the buttcheek and crotch, the bumps are either
- white with brown head;
- Red and enlarged;
- flat but more areas are red and irritated.
One benefit I found about about ACV is that it cured my eczema on the face - for two months I suffered from red, itchy eczema all over my face to the point that I could not sleep at night - waking up scratching and the skin was all shredding . I could not put any cream on as any single drop irritate it more. I look like a freak.
The dermetoligist did nothing. He suggested to do allegy test but it it be in another two weeks. Since Friday I started rinking ACV three times a day with diluted water - my face is all cleared up!!! No more itchy, it is healthy and beautiful skin. Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I decided to let my crotch and buttcheek airdry by taking a shower then stay naked for the whole afternoon. I want to see how it becomse. As most of the skin is now very irritated and I start to feel them. maybe too much stress from ACV for the good skin."
04/15/2012: Paul from Nw, Uk replies: "Ok I'm a 29 year old guy, so about 4 months ago during male grooming I noticed some bumps. Went to the docs who told me it was Molluscum and gave me cream, did nothing. Went to see another doctor who told me it was a heat rash, gave me cream, did nothing. Went to see a third who told me it was Genital Warts and gave me penicillin and told me to get myself to the GUM [doctor of genito-urinary medicine].
My G/F of 8 months who's been great about this came with me and we both got a full check up, no STIs but the GUM expert said it was MC.
Having seen this site I am giving the ACV (or just CV here in the UK) a try. My crotch is pretty sore after 3 days but things do seem to be changing. They're bigger, yellow and some of the larger ones have gotten a little black dot in the middle which is what people seem to be indicating meaning they're dying. I am showering twice daily and using teatree oil body wash on the areas infected too.
My skin is V sore though so might give it a rest for a day or so if I can't bare it anymore but trying to perservere. The 3 on my penis shaft are the worse and look awful but it's moving the right way I hope.
I have no idea where I got it from, neither me or my gf have played away and she hasn't even got it (luckily! So far) but before we went out I was a bit promiscuous (but always wore condoms) but I have contacted them all to advise them, none of them admitted having it (well you wouldn't would you! )
I will keep you updated."
04/16/2012: Jennifer from New York City, Ny, Usa replies: "Day 3: Monday. After last night's full sleep, I only spray ACV for 1. 5 hour as the adjacent skin is swallow and red. Feared of further damage to healthy skin, I took a shower and apply anti-biotics ( Neosporin) on affected area.
98% of the bumps are either a) red; b) scabbed over and disappeard; c) white head with red round bump. My crotch looks like a war zone. maybe I was able to catch all of them by spraying instead of taping, which realy damaged my skin.
Question: how long does the discoloration / damaged skin come back to normal?"
04/16/2012: Jennifer from New York City replies: "Day 3: Most of the Bumps ( 20 on the right buttcheek, 20 on the left buttcheek, 40 around crotch / vagina) are all turned brown head or scabbed over, except for three one staying white.
People said no need to keep applying ACV on those ones and it should fall off. My skin looks aweful now so I will stop doing ACV treatment tomorrow.. Will update
Question: does MC grow/ spread inside Vagina?"
04/24/2012: Jamie from Raleigh, Nc replies: "First of all, I'm sorry if you have this! I'm 22 and I had MC starting several months ago. It was just one large skin-colored bump on my pubic area and after it stayed there for several weeks to about a month I popped it like you would a pimple. Big mistake! I got the white core and it bled quite a lot. I had no idea what MC was until several more of these bumps showed up a bit later. Went to the doc because I was freaking out about an STD but she said it could be MC but it definitely wasn't an STD (even though it's caracterized as such above).
I read all about treatments and such and I went to a dermatologist who did nothing for me so I turned to the forums on this topic. ACV was the best option and I used the band aids with a soaked cotton ball on each one. It worked eventually but I was sloppy with how I applied the ACV and bandaids and I also couldn't resist the urge to pop some of them, which only makes it worse.
My advice is to:
1. Don't touch them! And if you do, wash your hands thoroughly.
2. Go to the store and get ACV, latex/vinyl gloves, cotton pads or gauze, Q tips, Neosporin, iodine, tea tree oil soap (Trader Joe's has this for cheap), and lastly bandaids. Don't skimp on the bandaids as I did. I recommend Nexcare waterproof bandaids - the adhesive is clear surrounding all the way around the pad.
3. Take a shower with tea tree oil soap, rub iodine with a Q tip all around the affected area(s), put the gloves on one or both hands (it's easier to apply the bandaids without a glove), cut small precise and correctly sized pieces of cotton that is smaller than the pad of the bandaids, and finally soak the cotton in ACV and carefully place it on the area and cover with the bandaid so that all of the ACV stays in.
4. Wash your hands thoroughly and leave them on for about 24 hours.
5. The next day, remove the bandaids and take a shower with tea tree oil. The MC should look white or black in the middle of each bump. Black means the virus is dead, and white is at least a sign of progress.
Continue monitoring the bumps, you can put some neosporin on them to help heal and reduce scarring, or continually dab them with ACV. I would use the tea tree oil for a while until you're sure there are no more bumps. ACV baths also may help. I don't recommend popping them because it's pretty risky and you could spread it.
Damaged skin may be a problem. I have scarring from most of the bumps I had so try to be very careful with applying the ACV cotton pieces and bandaids.
04/28/2012: Jennifer from New York replies: "I am happy to report that after two weeks of painful treatment and a little bit of doc's help, no new ones are in sight anymore.
Don't abuse the ACV treatment - I burned my skin so bad that the skin fell off and bleed. fortunately I am a healthy person so one day later the wound healed and two days later the skin came back - with white bumps inside.
The doc squeezed it out, without nitrogen as I requested.. it is looking good now.
However, I am still scared of the virus might be still there so every other day I wrapped myself with ACV or spray my whole body with ACV before shower.
The thing is, it is not sexual transmitted disease - I seriously believe that I got it from the Jazzuzi/sauna/gym. Just so from now on I will never use towels provided by hotels/vendors."
05/09/2012: Kris from Houston, Tx replies: "When my son was 3 years old, he had 6 of these MC bumps show up on his stomach. I took him to the doctor who diagnosed it as molluscum and said it will just run it's course and should be gone within 3 - 6 months. Well, 6 months later they had multiplied to over 200 all over his stomach, legs, arms, face... Everywhere. The only options the doctor gave me were to burn them off or apply a cream. I opted to do neither, and went home and started searching for natural remedies. I tried the apple cider vinegar for a short while, but he had eczema in addition to the mc and the Apple Cider Vinegar just made it more painful.
My aunt, who works at a health food store, recommended elderberry. I bought [an immunity booster] which is made from elderberry and gave him 1 tablet a day for 2 months. Within 2 weeks, you could see those disgusting little bumps start drying out. Within a month, they had all disappeared, but I continued giving him an additional months dose just to make sure the virus was eradicated. It's been 3 years now and he hasn't had anymore show up."
05/12/2012: Jennifer from New York City replies: "Just some updates: after 6 weeks treating with ACV and Tea Tree Oil, Molluscum are pretty much gone from my crotch, legs , arms, and chest. They really spread all over my body but the doctor said that those bumps on my arms, chest and waists are only allergy to molluscum.
it now spread to my face - eyelids and chin and forehead. small white pops up and I applied ACV a couple of nights every day and they were gone.
However, new ones today on my neck. Use ACV now to cover them up for 3 hours. I don't want to burn them.
The point is, Molluscum spreads all over the body - fast!!! The only way to kill them is to use ACV as soon as you spot them.
and now it is itchy like hell... Even though they are invisible. I could not sleep because overnight I would scratch myself waking up to wash my face with Tea Tree Oil ( that stops the itchness). And during the day I use ACV to clean up my face.. Of course, the skin peels for 3 days.. hopefully I killed thoes bastards by doing so.. still itchy like hell!!!!!!"
05/31/2012: Holly from San Antonio, Tx replies: "I just got diagnosed with MC 2 days ago and I think I've had it for about 3 months now. And of course, like with most of you, my doctor said just to leave them alone and they'll go away. I'm glad I found this forum and didn't listen to him.
I only have at most 25 bumps and most of them are really small. They are all on my upper legs and bikini line area. I think they spread through shaving so I'm going to stop shaving those areas.
Yesterday I started with the ACV, cotton balls and band aids thing. I left them on for about 18 hours and I saw that they raised up and were all turned white. I guess this is a good sign according to what most of you have said. I just changed all of the cotton balls and band aids. Which is really annoying! But I guess it's working so I'll keep it up every day. It's definitely itchy now when before I couldn't even feel them. But I just want to get rid of them as fast as possible. It's really uncomfortable to wear so many band aids down there but hopefully they go away quickly. I really don't want to spread this to anyone, especially my bf : ("
07/17/2012: Justamammakim from Idaho Falls, Idaho replies: "All, I am so so sorry to hear how hard your treatment has been. Fortunately my treatment has not yet been so bad. I how ever have been the same. I have the hardest time not picking and popping.... Err. What has worked for me?
#1 Soak 15 min. Or more in bath, add several drops of 100% tea tree oil from any health food store. Pat dry, with a CLEAN towel. (This is important; MC is very contagious and can be spread through clothing, towels, physical contact, etc. MC is not just an STD, and many times people are misled to believing so. )
#2 Mix a few drops of the tea tree oil with natural oil, even olive oil or coconut oil is great. Rub the oil on the area. Using the mixture will help keep the irritation down to a minimum.
#3 With a Q-tip or cotton ball apply ACV. If you are going to keep the ACV on the area, secure with a band aid. (If the area becomes sore, remove the band aid and apply a very small amount of olive oil or coconut oil (whatever you used with your tea tree mixture. ) Let the area sit uncovered for a while. It is good to let the area air dry though the oil does prevent dryness. This is why using a small amount is necessary. If dressing right away is a must, recover the area with a band aid and you're on your way.
Leggings, tights, and slacks are always a good idea, under jeans or however. Jeans tend to rub against your legs, etc. This also goes for underwear. Underwear are made for comfort and moving, also can rub in the wrong place (ladies).
It's OK to take a BREAK. There is no need to make be miserable!! So far, I have had some pretty amazing results. I have a small amount of irritation on a few of the larger bumps, nothing like any of you sad, ouch! Also, I itch. I hate itching.
Keep in mind; I have several from my knees to my belly. Most are very tiny. Kind of looks like razor burn. I have suffered from MC for over 15 years, with several misdiagnoses.
I hope this helps... Good luck..."
[YEA] 04/02/2012: Carina from Cochranville, Pennsylvania: "My daughter had molluscum bumps on her knee and elbow. Each site had only about 10 bumps, but at 7 years old she was uncomfortable with how they looked and didn't like her friends asking what they were. I asked the pediatrician about them and she said it was mollescum and that it was a virus that just had to run its course, sometimes getting much worse than better.
I turned to EarthClinic, as I do for everything(! ), and once again ACV seemed to be the trick. We put it on by dabbing with a cotton ball about 3 times a week and within a month they were gone. I think with an even more regular treatment they would have been gone even faster! Love love love what ACV has done for us!!"Replies
05/23/2012: Ginak from Hamilton, Ohio replies: "My daughter (age 8) has this on her bottom and it's quickly spreading between her legs to the front. I started treating it by dipping cotton balls in ACV then using tape to hold it over the bumps, overnight. The second night she cried from the burning sensation.
Is it necessary to do this overnight? I considered soaking a wash cloth in ACV and laying it over her bottom, but will it burn her whole bottom, or just the spots?
It's been amazingly helpful reading all the feedbacks."
05/24/2012: Sophie from Dayton, Ohio, Usa replies: "The ACV, used at full strength, WILL burn ANY sensitive skin. I would suggest diluting the ACV with water. A convenient way to do this is to add a couple cups of ACV to your daughter's bath water, and make sure the affected areas are submerged. Your daughter may have more tolerance for a bath rather than a compress anyway... Use some fun bath toys to keep her in the soak for a longer time. I use this ACV bath on myself all the time to treat folliculitus, and it works wonders! I usually just soak in the bath until the water gets cold. Good luck!"
09/24/2012: Plasticpuppy from Bellingham, Washington replies: "Female, 21 years; Discovered MC in genital region and some MC bumps on lower buttocks. I didn't realize what it was at first, just thought it was razor burn, but after it didn't go away for a couple months I started doing research online and self-diagnosed as MC. Did not go to a clinic as the bumps were exactly as MC was described; raised flesh coloured bumps with dimples in the center and painless.
Panicked, I started applying pure rubbing alcohol on all the bumps twice daily. This did abosolutley nothing except burn me in places that were extremely uncomfortable. Did more research and came upon the ACV treatment. Once started, I noticed results right away!
This is what worked/is working the best for me; my daily routine:
Shower first thing in the morning. I stopped using a loofa or anything to wash myself except my hands. Used Antibacterial body wash. Get out of shower and dry myself using a fresh, clean towel. Used something other than my towel to dry MC(crotch region) like a kleenex or paper towel, or if had time, air dry. Then take little cotton balls soaked in ACV and just ran them over all bumps. waited till dry and applyed baby powder all over crotch and bottom.
At night I had a ACV/epsom salt bath. Get the water as hot as you can handle as it will open your pores allowing faster absorption of ACV/epsom salt. At first I was putting 1 cup of both ACV and Epsom salt in a half-full bath tub; I did this for 1 week. My second week I started adding 2 cups ACV. Try to stay in the bath for 15 minutes. Alot of the MC will actually come to head in the bath. My skin only burned after my first ACV bath, after that it didn't effect my heathy skin at all. In fact, the bath did amazing things for my skin tone, weird but wonderful stuff! After draining the bath, I would always rinse off and wash again with antibacterial body wash. I would do the same thing after a bath as I did after my morning shower; wipe down MC bumps with ACV and apply baby powder. I would put clean pj's on everynight and I never wore underwear.
I washed anything that my crotch came in contact with(pants, tights, sheets, pj's, towels, toilet seats). I started taking a multi-vitamin, sovereign silver 5x's daily, drinking water, and watching my consumption of sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. Some people say that they cut it out completley; Don't toture yourself, just be more aware of what you're putting into your body. And SLEEP. SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP. go to bed early! After a good night's sleep is when I noticed the biggest improvment.
ladies: I encourage wearing thongs as it reduced the rubbing along the inner thighs and allowed more air flow in general. Never wore the same pants two days in a row. Some people suggest wearing tights under tight jeans.... I feel like that has too much potentional to trap moisture. just use baby powder, a thong, and wear your tight jeans! Then wash them that night.
A couple of nights I tried sleeping with ACV-soaked-cotton balls covered with medical bandages, but it was extremely painful the next day as my pubic hair AND skin would rip off with the bandage. I tried bandaids; but bandaids on pubic hair? A joke. I only did this about 4 night on two, very large MC bumps that just were not dying in the bath and it did help; they turned black and fell off in the bath. But Letting it air-dry overnight was more effective and THAT pain factor was 0.
Some MC bumps I pushed that little cluster of white shit out, some I just left alone. Some turned black, some just got really red and angry. To be honest, the more I freaked out about them, the worse they seemed to get. It's been exactly two weeks of my routine and I only have about 5-10 bumps left(Started with 40-50) with minimal scarring and redness. I have been using A D baby cream with aloe on the red parts of my skin just to calm it down and if it gets itchy, I just use Cortison, or any anti-itch cream I can find.
Stay clean, be patient, keep it in your pants, and stick to a ritual that works best for you!"
02/07/2012: Helpseeker from Psl, Fl: "I just wanted to say, "thank you all for commenting". I have had two of these for two years and finally got up the courage to ask my gynecologist for help. He says he can treat them, but that they may come back. I am married, and while my husband is completely understanding, the body image issues that I have had to work through have prevented me from being close to him. I am going forward with the ACV prior to my appointment in 4 weeks. I have never commented on anything before this, but am truly grateful for the advice and support as I no longer feel alone and abnormal. May we all find relief."Replies
03/09/2012: Huyy2 from San Diego, Ca replies: "Hi, I have has MC for 4 months, and tried aldara and zymaderm. These don't work in the short term, although they may work in the long term. The best thing to do is to do an intensive treatment of AVC for about a week or so. To Buy: rubbing alcohol 91%, needles, medical tape, and medical pads to soak the ACV. You want to soak your needle and fingers in the rubbing alcahol and pop all the bumps. Then you need to soak some pads in ACV and tape them down to your skin. If in the pub region, lay on your bed flat for a few hours. Then shower and apply some baby powder if desired. Then repeat every day for a weekish. You see them start to turn white or black. After all of them turned black. You can stop and apply anitbacterial ointment. If you see any individudal bumps ride. Repeat the popping, and just soak a cotton ball in Apple Cider Vinegar and tape it on teh bump, u dont want it to spread again.
This is the fastest way to treat MC, aldara makes your immune system react to the area where you apply the cream, so may work in the long term, but may take months or years, and they just keep spreading."
03/09/2012: Elizabeth from Orlando, Fl replies: "Helpseeker, you may have already gone to the doctor, but if not, ask him if he can treat the bumps with TCA (tricholoroacetic acid). I noticed that I had about 6 bumps on my thigh area last year and when I went to the doctor, that's what she used and it worked for most of them; the bumps scabbed over and disappeared in less than a week, I believe. I think there were 2 that remained, whether because she didn't see them or because they resisted the TCA, I don't know. But anyway, for these remaining bumps I used the ACV-soaked cotton ball method for about 24 hours, give or take, until the bumps looked white and the core was somewhat visible. I then sterilized a needle with rubbing alcohol, wiped the skin with Betadine, and popped the bumps making SURE to remove the cores. I then wiped the skin with Betadine again and taped on another ACV-soaked cotton ball, making sure to sterilize/wash any area that the virus may have come in contact with (I even wore latex gloves during the process). I am pretty sure I did not leave the cotton ball on for very long this second time, maybe a few hours, before taking it off and letting the area air out. The area healed within a few days for me. I had one random bump pop up several months later and took care of it the same way (not even bothering to go to the doctor). So, in short, ACV worked very well for me even though I was a skeptic. Best of luck."
11/29/2011: Molluscum Hell from Davis, Ca: "I had molluscum contagiosum for about 6 years on my penis and pubic are and thought it had left. I contracted it I believe from my daughter who had it for about 4 months on her arm pit from sharing a towel with her. She had it only on her arm and it was gone in no time from doing nothing. At the time I had no idea how contagious it was. I went to the doctors office and had it frozen off so many times that I lost count at least every other week I would go. The pain is nothing anymore. I have only one scar just a white spot but you can't really see it. It would go away for a few weeks or months it would seem and then its back. It has really been hell. It has now been gone for about 2 years so I thought. I had two spots that the doctor said lets keep an eye on. Then recently it seemed to come back or I got it again. I can't believe this bleeping thing. I'm about ready to cut off all my skin I am going crazy. I don't have Aids or any health conditions and I'm perfectly healthy. I don't know why I have had it so long. Recently I have had it now again for 3 months. I went to the doctor once and said forget it never again. I recently purchased Dr. Scholl's Wart remover to do it myself. I have shaved the area not with a razor but an electric one with a guard to remove as much hair as possible as not to spread it. I get about 8 to 10 hour sleep a day. Eat healthy lots of fruits and vegetables and even juice 4 carrots 1 apple 1 cucumber and 2 stocks of celery a day. I eat only home cooked meals with lots of veggies and no fast food or soda. I have always eaten like this anyways. I'm in very good shape athletic and healthy.
Recently now I have tried the ACV because with freezing them off as soon as I see a new one another would pop up. It started with 3 then soon I was at 30 all below and OMG it looks horrible. On top of freezing them I have used the ACV soaking paper towel in it then applying it to the entire area. It would actually burn my nut sack but I forced my way through it and ignored the pain. After leaving it on for an hour I removed it and had a couple black spots. I did it again and again for an hour to 3 hours for three nights in a row. Each time it got more sensitive to the point all my skin is super dry. Before and after each time I shower and use a separate towel to not spread it. Then I always put baby powder on when I am done. After doing all the research possible I think creating an internment it won't want to live in is the way to remove it. Baby powder to keep the area dry all day and then ACV for an hour or two to kill the virus and dry my skin. At this point its been two week with not a new one showing up. Im keeping my fingers crossed this time that it wont come back. I will update you all on my progress.
So in short. Eat healthy and use paper towel soaked in vinegar to cover the whole area and then baby powder to keep it dry. Use fresh new towels each time and change underwear at least twice a day and I shower at least 2 to three times a day. WHen I had it over 6 years before it wa snot that bad just 3 to 6 at a time I freeze them off and then gone for awhile. But this time its exploded and I'm going nuts so I'm doing much more than ever before to try and beat this thing. Pray you don't get it. Its so hard being a single guy to have to say no to a hot girl that wants to be sexual. My sex life has been hell. I have a wonderful girlfriend now that I did tell about this problem and she is very supportive. It so hard that I can't even get to close to her out of fear of giving it to her. I really hope that ACV, baby powder and keeping super clean and not spreading it will finally kill this mother trucker!"Replies
[YEA] 01/08/2012: Grateful Father from Melbourne, Australia replies: "I can't thank you all enough. Our two year old was diagnosed with mc when she had maybe 5 spots. Stupid doctor prescribed some cream and we were told it would go eventually but that there was really nothing we could do but wait. Chemist sold us some drinking concoction for another $160. Two months later our daughter had maybe 30 spots and they were really starting to spread and multiply faster. They were spreading from chest to tummy, arms and leg. Then we hit the Internet and found Apple Cider Vinegar and Dr Wheatgrass cream. Within 30 minutes we had bought both. And I can't begin to explain how happy we are now just a week after the purchases. We used the Apple Cider Vinegar on the body spots and within 2 days they were scabbing over. We soaked a make up pad in the Apple Cider Vinegar and secured it with macuracrome. You will need to check the spelling. It is white medical tape that can be removed easily. Less painful than bandaids. We applied the Acv in this way each morning and night, leaving it on the white spots all day and night. We sometimes gave the scabbed over spots a dab of Apple Cider Vinegar if they didn't look like they were damaged enough. One week on the scabs are starting to drop off but we still need to see if the spots have actually gone. New little ones pop up every day or so and we immediately hit them with Apple Cider Vinegar for a day or two. These were obviously on the way up before we began treatment. As for the Dr Wheatgrass, we bought the most powerful and and after a week it does not seem to have done much. In fairness the company claims it takes a few weeks to work but we have now started with Apple Cider Vinegar on the arm spots and stopped the Dr W cream because Apple Cider Vinegar works and works fast. So we figures it is silly to let the other spots linger. We also want this to be over for our daughter. The vinegar does sting on raw spots but we always have a wet facewasher to immediately remove the Acv when it causes pain on an individual spot. I think our daughter actually looks forward to her treatments because she can see it working. There is a difference in 12 hours. I would not have believed it unless I had seen it. How can vinegar fix something in a week that our idiot doctor allowed to spread and told us it would last for months. She should be ashamed for allowing a child to slowly be covered in spots when she must surely have been aware of this amazing and simple cure. Our daughter was excited the spots were going red, then a scab the next day, then the scabs getting ready to fall off. She put up with a little discomfort because she could see it working. Please try Apple Cider Vinegar if your children have this disgusting virus. Don't hesitate because the spots will multiply and you will regret it."
[YEA] 01/16/2012: Derek from Anywhere, Oregon, Usa replies: "ACV is the way to go!! I contracted MC from a sexual partner and was terrified, enraged and devastated. After reading MANY different websites, I found the ACV definitely works - but there's a lot more to your war on MC. Read about my experience and maybe it will help you.
Many will tell you that a visit to the derm is a waste of money, but I set up the appointment once I discovered what I had. Of course, the app't wasn't for THREE MONTHS, so I waged war on these little bastards in the inerim.
My topical & internal battle against MC:
For reference, I'm a 45-year old male in fairly good health. These first appeared on my stomach, at my belt-line in October 2011. Three weeks after ignoring them (I was on vacation and had no idea what they were), my doctor prescribed Podofilox (sp?), which burned the skin around the pox (as I was warned it would do) and was much more damaging and took longer to work than ACV. Plus it was crazy expensive at $58/teeny bottle. They did appear to "die", but I'm still treating the affected areas with Vitamin E oil weeks later, as they're quite red and the size of a nickel.
So I began treating them with Tea Tree Oil twice a day, with a cotton ball. Be careful, though - this stuff will also burn your skin, and some people don't like the smell but I don't mind it. Don't leave it on for prolonged periods, just dab a bit and give it some time to soak in.
Then, I cut a few myself with either a razor or a needle. It's best to "pop" them, I found out later. Tweezers help a lot. Be sure to disinfect the tweezers and the area before and after, as the core/goo in the middle does contain "seeds" that will spread more of these. Popping is a matter of choice; you risk infection and spreading the pox.
You can get the "core" to rise up and show it's pimply head either with a 10-minute hot shower, or soaking a cotton ball in ACV and applying with a band-aid for at least 12 hours. That's when you pop it. After popping, treat with Neosporin (or other option if you're allergic) and bandage. Then apply pure Vitamin E oil (or pure Aloe) regularly.
You know they're dead when they scab, turn black, or disappear.
As mentioned, these started out as six on my stomach, but three spread to my leg, four to my trunk & belly button, three to the base of my penis and one final horrific day when a pimple appeared on the head of my penis. Life was NOT good.
I work from home, and mid-day every day would give myself a "treatment": Soak gauze pads in ACV, and cover the bumps on my body, including wrapping my entire penis, and lying in bed for about 40 minutes while the ACV did its thing. I did the same thing before bed. Some report that the ACV burns sensitive skin but I didn't have that issue. And here's a funny image for you, but I was doing everything I could think of: at night I would put my entire penis in a sock to keep it from touching any other part of me (cock in a sock). I would also treat my entire groin area, butt and back in baby powder to keep it dry, and slept naked.
Change your bedding regularly! Use a different towel & washcloth each time! Wash your hands often, especially after treating yourself!
I finally had my derm appointment and he dug out three of them - including two on my trunk and the one on my penis (yes, it was awful) and they're healing well.
Now - for the internal treatment - VERY IMPORTANT:
As you have probably read, these things thrive in a weakened immune system. So, I became Mr. Healthy Guy. I quit coffee & alcohol, ate foods high in Lysine (low-fat yogurt, milk, cheese, broccoli, etc. ), and began walking regularly. I drank ACV cocktails (a shot glass of ACV, fill with juice and soda water to taste in a pint glass). The initial flavor is a bit sour, but I personally got used to it and found that I actually liked it. I drank this mixture 2-3 times a day, over the period of an hour or two each time. I took many supplements: Emergen-C, L-Lysine, Vitamin B & D, Zinc, Thuja, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Saw Palmetto and Whole Lifecycle Activated Mushrooms. The latter are like Ninja Warriors fighting for your immune system. It's expensive - $33 a bottle, but for me, worth every penny. I also drank lots of Yogi "Skin Detox" tea.
I can't really report that any one thing was the fix here, but a combination of the supplements and change in lifestyle were all to play in my success. It has only been about a week but no new ones and I feel positive about it. Also - I feel great! Detoxing is so healthy and I think my skin has responded like a trooper.
I hope these details weren't entirely sordid and mostly helpful :) Try to not get depressed (I went through some real panic attacks); there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Good Luck to you in fighting this horrible, embarrasing and enraging virus."
01/26/2012: Jill from Broome, Australia replies: "My 7 year old was diagnosed about 12 months with MC by our local doctor. Yep the same story as most of you, he said leave them alone they will go away within a few months, not very contagious. The couple that started on her arm have now turned into about 100 all over her arms, top of her legs and on her tummy. So happy I found this website and started on the ACV. Been applying it for about a week now, they haven't disappeared but are going red and some have a scab on them so we are hopeful that before school starts they may be On the way out. I dab on the ACV with a cotton wool ball then wrap her arms, legs and tummy with cling wrap then tape it with medical tape. This is more practical than band aides as she has so many. I do this at night and leave the cling wrap on for about and hour or so, any longer and it gets to hot and sweaty for her as currently wet season here very hot, humid and wet perfect conditions for MC and is quite common here with the kids. Once again thanks for all the great info and tips on this site!"
02/05/2012: Dale from Springfield, Va replies: "My MC first appeared on my pubic area and spread to my scrotum and the top of the penis. Two different doctors diagnosed it as folliculitis. Treated for 2 months with no results and it started spreading. After researching this I concluded it was not folliculitis but MC. I started the ACV treatment two days ago. Most show no change but a few have turned black. Sounds like that is a good sign. I also purchased ____ and am going to give it a shot also. ACV at night andÂ Z_____ during the day. I'll provide updates as they happen."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 02/07/2012: Dale from Springfield, Va replies: "Have now been using ACV for three days. Several of the bumps black/dark red and look like scabs. I hope that is good news. I have been either taping cotton balls soaked in ACV over the afflicted areas or using small bandages with a little bit of cotton underneath them on the spots. While not all spots have shown signs of improvement most look different.
I have also been using Zymaderm in the morning since I don't want to smell like vinegar at work. Not sure if the Zymaderm is doing anything but the label says it may take 4 weeks for the Zymaderm to work. Also the Zymaderm smells like dry cleaning solution. I have found that if you put it on and then let it dry the smell decreases significantly, but it takes a while to dry."
[YEA] 02/12/2012: Dale from Springfield, Va replies: "How now been using ACV for a week. It works GREAT. I usually see results after keeping it all night. The bumps will either
1. turn white, enlarge, and then turn into a dark red scab,
2. Get a black dot in the middle of them and then start to subside, or appear to open up and then scab over. I have gone from probably 30-50 bumps to 15 to 20 in a week. Some of these are new ones just like others have said. I've been hitting hard as soon as I see them. I'm also using Zym----x once or twice a day. Not sure if it is doing any good but it's easier to apply then the ACV. I also soak in the tube with a cup of ACV every morning. I think this is also helping."
02/29/2012: Jr from Peninsula, California, United States replies: "Please you guys that are calling this an std/sti IT IS NOT! Please do your homework not trying to be mean. It is a poxvirus, no matter which way you have become infected. I went to a profession facility to confirm this & even wikipedia defines it as a poxvirus. I'm not sure how I contracted molluscum contagiosum(mcv) because there are so many ways. I started to notice bumps around december 2011. I thought that they were razor bumps(ALWAYS GO TO THE DOCTOR THE MOMENT YOU NOTICE ANYTHING YOU'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE ON YOUR BODY) , big mistake. Over time the bumps began spreading from my crotch region all the way to the sides of my male genitalia. I would say in total I have 30 to 40 bumps from 3-10 bumps right now. If I had applied apple cider vinegar(acv) to cure mcv it probably would have went away by now.
For me ACV has only gotten rid of maybe about 5-7 bumps. In other words it helped but it didn't cure this condition. Its true the 5-7 bumps went white or scab after the Apple Cider Vinegar then I put hydrogen peroxide(hp) on the open bumps that went away but I'm hoping that the hp bubbles didnt make the mcv multiply. I used bandaids but since some of the mcv couldn't be completely covered by bandaids I used some gauze pads. If you don't ring the gauze enough it BURNS the sensitive areas. I had seen someone say they used makeup pads. You can get 60-80 pack at any big grocery chain for around $2-3. So I would soak 5-6 pads in Apple Cider Vinegar and cover all of the crotch mcv. I feared it might burn on the genital area so I just cover it manually. Starting March 1st, I will try to use soaked pads overnight to see if it will start to make a difference.
I wanted to know for the people that have gotten rid of mcv with Apple Cider Vinegar alone, what supplies specifically did you use & how long did it take? I'm trying to get rid of these bumps with acv(the most natural way I could think of) without popping them & risking spreading them over again. Please help.
Below are sanitary tips for mcv:
1- Try not to re-use or share towels
2 - Strongly advise not to swim or engage in aquatic activities for that can possibly spread them, if you must soak in a shared bath, I STRONGLY recommend washing the tub before the next person uses it to prevent it from spreading to them.
3 - Do not engage in any sexual activities if its around your crotch area.
4 - Wash clothes in strong germ fighting solvent to prevent spreading.
5 - Wash hands/take showers after working out or vigorous activities or if you ever touch or open mcv bumps."
05/27/2014: Sharon from Colorado, US replies: "I am writing to try to prevent any unnecessary suffering I can by sharing what worked for me to get rid of the god-awful molluscum that has been plaguing me—in A WEEK.
The short answer is this: bathing in Dead Sea Salts/Epsom salts each night (2 cups of salt, soak for at least 30 minutes) and then slathering my body in coconut oil infused with clove oil. I’ve been suffering from molluscum for 7 months—and spending hours each day for the past 3 months applying bandages soaked in ACV—and the bathing/coconut oil has ridded me of dozens of spots within four days!! So PLEASE try it—it won’t hurt or sting like ACV, it won’t scar (it’s in fact really GOOD for your skin), the coconut oil soothes itching, and your suffering will finally be OVER.
(Note: I only used tepid—not hot-- water to bathe in because I was terrified it would spread the virus. I bathed my leg in tepid water for a week to make sure it wouldn’t spread before soaking my whole body in the tub. I was also scared that the coconut oil would spread the infection. Neither, thank God, did. I CAN’T SPEAK TO WHETHER BATHING IN HOT WATER WOULD SPREAD IT, THOUGH).
Coconut oil has lauric acid in it which is anti-viral. One study showed it was effective: https://www.vmvhypoallergenics.com/skintelligencenter/published-studies/42-published-studies/76-coconut-oil-extract-2-monolaurin-cream-in-the-treatment-of-molluscum-contagiosum
I bought Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and added 10 drops of clove oil for each tablespoon of coconut oil (had to warm it in the microwave to make it spreadable). You can dab the clove oil directly on spots and they will often scab in a few hours (thought the spots will sting). I also added 10 drops of something called “Thieves Oil” which has clove oil, cinnamon oil, lemon oil, and eucalyptus; this smelled great and the cinnamon oil seemed to improve the circulation.
Meanwhile, internally, take Tagamet (Cimetidine), which will enhance T-Lymphocytic activity. I took 400mg 3 times a day!! It definitely didn't make my spots disappear, but it did keep them from reaching mature size. By the time I found the sea salt and coconut oil/clove oil treatment, I had dozens of small spots. (My derm froze the first set of spots—which were twice as big as pimples—and left scars. I don’t know why, but after she treated them, I found new spots popping up all over my body. But the Cimetidine seemed to keep them small; few ever developed a visible white core. I think the sea salt and coconut oil /clove oil worked so quickly because the Cimetidine kept the spots so small.)
Also, Colostrum (or Lactoferrin) will enhance your immune system. I also took 10,000 IU Vitamin D, Zinc, Vitamin C, Oregano Oil (which has anti-viral activity) and Holy Basil; who knows whether they did anything.
I have heard that there are four different strains of molluscum and that they look different and likely respond to different treatments. My mature molluscum (the first round) looked like really large pimples, not dimpled warts. This sea salt bath and coconut oil/clove oil moisturizing treatment worked wonders for these spots—and SO FAST!! I hope you try it because I want to spare you the months of misery I went through before I discovered this."