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Molluscum Contagiosum Remedies

Last Modified on Apr 27, 2016


Treatment of molluscum contagiosum focuses on eliminating the virus 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 from 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

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.

Remedies for Molluscum Contagiosum




The Popularity of Molluscum Contagiosum Remedies - Full List

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Clearasil Pads12012-04-12
Clove Oil42013-11-14
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Dead Sea Mud22012-10-14
General Feedback02011-10-25
Grapefruit Seed Extract42014-05-26
Hydrogen Peroxide12012-04-12
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Sea Salt Soak12015-07-01
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Allicin, Elderberry Extract, Olive Leaf Extract, Oregano Oil  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Rr (Colorado) on 10/15/2013

[YEA]  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  
224 User Reviews | 57 YEA | 7 BETTER BUT NOT CURED | 2 WARNINGS! | 2 SIDE EFFECTS    Treatment

Posted by Jack (College Station, Texas) on 01/16/2016

[YEA]  So I found what I thought was an in-grown hair. I tried to pop it but it didn't pop like they normally would and there was more blood than usual. I didn't think much more of it at the time.

Fast forward a month later and I discovered that I had 11 bumps in that region after trimming. I freaked out and spent the next couple of hours researching it on the internet. I never heard of molluscum contagiosum (MC) before but I was pretty certain of my self-diagnosis. I scheduled an appointment with my doctor ASAP just in case. I wanted to be sure before I made the calls to the girls I've... touched skin with in the recent past.

After my hours of research over the internet, I came to the conclusion that apple cider vinegar (ACV) was the best remedy for this ailment. It was cheaper, natural, seemed to work quicker, and had no alarming side effects (the only two are 1) the smell and 2) burning of the skin if you get ACV that's too strong for you). So I ran to the store and bought what I didn't already have from this list:

* apple cider vinegar (5%)
* cotton balls
* band-aids
* Neosporin/triple anti-biotic
* daily multi-vitamin

I applied cotton balls lightly soaked with ACV to the bumps using band-aids twice a day: in the morning before work (I'd use less since the smell was pretty bad), and at night after a shower (the more ACV, the better). I essentially had them covered all day. I did this until the bumps became really big and easy to remove (1-3 days depending on their size). I extracted the white stuff using my finger nails - trying to be careful not to spread it or cause scars by removing too much skin. Some turned black before I removed the core but I removed the stuff from them anyway. After I de-cored them, they scabbed over and became "infected" with red circles around them (no big deal, though). I applied Neosporin/triple anti-biotic to them twice a day. The scabs fell off after about a week. It took another week for the red circles to completely disappear. The healing process would have probably been quicker had I realized I was using expired (by 3 years) triple anti-biotic. My wounds healed faster in a day than they did in a week once I started using a brand new bottle.

All in all, it took about 2 weeks to rid myself from this without a trace after discovering it. However, I was probably not contagious after the first 3 days. That is, once I removed the last core. I'm going to have to check my body for the next 6 months, though.

Wish me luck and good luck to you!

Other tips:

* Don't use the same towel twice to dry off after taking a shower during this period (to help prevent the spread of it)
* Drink 4 tbsp max of ACV (diluted in water to your liking) before, during or after meals (to help boost your immune system)
* Take a daily multivitamin (to help boost your immune system)
* Drink lots of water (to help boost your immune system)
* Get an adequate amount of sleep (to help boost your immune system)

Replied by Megan
Holly Springs, Nc
01/21/2016
I have been using the apple cider vinegar on my 6 year old but I know she won't let me clean them/extract fluid too painful- they have started turning black- what next?
Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
01/22/2016
Megan, black should be a sign that they are on their way out. Keep doing what you're doing.
Replied by Sam
Minnesota
02/08/2016
I recently went to the doctor because I was worried about what the bumps were all over my torso, I figured out that it is molluscum and I got them treated with liquid nitrogen gas do you think the apple vinegar would work better?
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee
02/09/2016
It is hard to say. Everyone is different. For some, apple cider vinegar is the perfect cure for MC. For others it doesn't seem as effective. It is certainly an inexpensive and safe remedy to try.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Sam
Kentucky
04/27/2016
I recently found out I have molluscum on my the inside part of my backside after getting a regular check up at my gyno. She told me to "ride it out" and that it'll cure itself in 4-6 months even though its highly contagious….ok? Less than a week later I find a bump on my face. So I did research found the apple cider vinegar approach and I applied the apple cider vinegar using bands wherever fit. After one night of soaking my face in the vinegar it is now white and there appears to be a faint black dot in the middle, however, I'm really scared to "de-core" it. I don't want it to scar. Is it ok to just keep soaking it in the vinegar and it goes away naturally or do I have to essentially pop them all?

Posted by Anonymous (San Luis Obispo, Ca) on 10/29/2015

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I am so relieved to have found this website: I've had molluscum for almost a year now, and it has been such a hard time with the freeze-burns, doctors with no suggestions, and having to stop intimacy with others almost completely. I found this website just days ago and started using Apple Cider Vinegar and lemon myrtle just 4 days ago, and am already seeing major improvements! Every time I find a moment of the day at home (usually mornings and late evenings) I wipe my legs over with a cotton ball soaked in ACV. I spot treatment with the lemon myrtle, and it also masks the smell. It's been better every day.

Thank you everyone!

Replied by Olive
Canada
11/03/2015
Hi, thank you so much for this information.

My 2 year old was diagnosed yesterday with molluscum and he has about 8 of them on his arm. the doctor said to let it heal by itself. my son has to go back to daycare and I wouldn't want him to get anyone else with this virus. I want to put the ACV and maybe mix with TEA TREE OIL? on a cotton and bandaid, but for how long? can I put cotton on the spots and bandaid for the whole day at daycare or it should be removed every few hours? I can go there and change it for him. and once the spots turn black or white not to touch them with ACV?

Thank you again, so much....

Replied by M
Eu
11/20/2015
[YEA]   When I was heavily infested with molluscum contagiosum they were removed by the doctor with the knife. After that when they sprout I used an AVC on the waterproof plastertape and tape it for 24h! Usually they dried up in that time. If they didn't dry out, I lifted them a little bit or just bruise them and then applied the AVC soaked pflastertape over for 24h (AVC has to get thru the outer shell). This was the only way to eradicate them. I used heavily antiseptic antiviral desinfecting soap, spray for the affected area. If you are doing self surgery use gloves all the time and spray antiseptic allover, becouse you bleed like pig you should use napkins to soake out the blood!
Replied by Jd
Us
01/07/2016
I've started using the ACV on cotton balls, but how do you mask the smell? I feel like everyone can smell it on me and it's soaking in to my office chair. Thank you!

Posted by Beryl (Surrey) on 09/08/2015

[YEA]  After reading several posts regarding Molluscum, I decided to try the cider vinegar method, my 9 yr old daughter had been suffering from this infection for several months and my GP on numerous visits said we just had to ride it out, which is easier said than done when you see your childs self confidence slipping.

I began using cider vinegar on 20.8.15. I began by giving my daughter a shower and she washed in a tea tree body wash, once fully dried I applied the cider vinegar on pads and used medical tape to secure them, but she found them too irritating so we took them off.

As it was the school holidays, I would wipe her legs over in the morning and after showering again at night with cider vinegar, I also popped some of the spots but made sure that I kept the vinegar away from these.

I am amazed to say that the spots have nearly all gone and I now only apply the cider vinegar in the evenings, she moisturizes her legs every morning with coca butter cream.

I also changed her bedding, towels and nightwear every other night.

If you're not sure how your child's skin may react to vinegar, perhaps do a test on a out of sight area.


Posted by Lori (San Diego, Ca) on 05/01/2015

[YEA]  After finding this site and reading the posts, I have been using the ACV on cotton balls secured by band aids for 5 days now. Almost all of my bumps have "gone black"! I imagine they will be completely gone in a day or two. I am so grateful to have found this page because my doctor told me the only way to get rid of them was to freeze them off, but dermatology (they only ones who have the freezy stuff) couldn't see me for 3 more months!! Can you imagine how much it would have spread in that time?! ?

For those who are interested:

1. I used the full 5% dilution as it came from the bottle. I didn't experience any stinging or scarring

2. I also took the ACV internally (it's good for all kinds of stuff and I figured it couldn't hurt, right?) 2tbsp in 8-12 oz of cold water every morning. If you/your children don't like the flavor, you can add a little honey and lemon. It masks the vinegar taste quite well.

3. For the first 2 days, I was using small pieces of paper towel, but that didn't hold the vinegar as well. On day 3 I switched to cotton balls and that's when I noticed the biggest change in the bumps. Perhaps this would've happened on day 3 anyway, but I think the switch was part of it.

4. I took 2 "detox" baths to include 1/2 cup each of baking soda and Epsom salts. I have no idea if this contributed to my healing or not, but I know it didn't hurt!

Thanks again for this site and for posting your experiences! You totally saved me :)


Posted by Linda (Danli, Honduras) on 04/08/2015

[YEA]  I have two boys, the eldest (5) got Molluscum last year and we took him to a dermatologist inmediately..she took advantage of our worry (and ignorance) because she made it seem very awful and contagious for the baby (in the time he was 6 months). She convinced us of doing curetage, but he had to be asleep (anesthesia). It was horrible worrying and when he woke up it was terrible! We felt guilty for putting him thru that, but the dermatologist assured us it was the only way. On january this year, I noticed it was appearing on the baby (now 18m) and I wasn't going to be convinced to do it because I had read that there were natural remedies, plus it was super expensive and not covered by insureance. I searched and searched (in 3 days he had more than 60 marks, on torso and arms) and I found this site, which was truly helpful. At first I tried with the bandaids and cotton balls, but having a twitchy and wiggly toddler doesn't help (bandaids also left his skin very red). So I started bathing him with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in his bathtub (the smell is very strong) for at least 20 min, didn't wash it out..he smelled funky but it was totally worth it! I started on feb 15 and by march 30 he had only 1 left! No squishing anything o using bandaids, just the apple cider vinergar on bath, changing towels everyday, clothes at least 3 times a day, bed sheets twice a week and vuala! We couldn't be more satisfied and grateful!

Replied by Kristin
Virginia
08/10/2015
Hi! Im so glad I found your post. I've been battling MC with my 3.5 year old for nearly 9 months now. started out on the inside of her elbow where she gets her eczema...spread all up and down that arm and is now on her torso. I've tried tea tree oil...did not work. I've tried popping them out...she won't let me because it hurts.

I was thinking of doing just the ACV bath and nothing else. I'm glad to see that it worked for you. Did it leave scarring? I want to try it...but I don't want her to end up with a bunch of scars all over her arm and body!

Thanks!

Replied by Sabrina
Detroit, Mi
08/29/2015
Ok my son has had these bumps on his skin for over 6 months. I looked it up and also took him to his pediatrician right away when I noticed them .. His doctor said it was Mollusum and that it would just go away it's self .. Well it's spreading now so I will try anything .. I was thinking the bath , because like you said kids move a lot not to mention my son is autistic.. Ok so just a couple questions .. How many baths .. Every night or like a couple a day ? And I was just wondering if I Bathe him every night could I give him a bath in the morning not using it.. Just so he don't smell bad? It's totally fine if I can't I will try anything to get these off him. Thank you so much.
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee
08/29/2015
Dear Sabrina,

I think a bath with the Apple Cider Vinegar (1 cup in warm bath for 20 minutes) should be enough.

If you want to bathe him in the morning, you could try a plain bath, but maybe add 1/2 cup of baking soda. It won't leave a smell and we have found it so helpful for a variety of health issues, even skin issues.

If you find this is not helping, you could do the Apple Cider Vinegar Bath twice a day. (I think once he is dry there won't be much smell anyway.) Let us know how it goes!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Ashley
Houston
11/16/2015
Did you bathe him with soap after you let the apple cider vinegar sit or did you wash him, let him sit in the bath and not rinse off? Thank you.

Posted by Squiffle (England) on 01/06/2015

[YEA]  Thanks to all those that recommended Apple Cider vinegar for Molluscum Contagiosum. It totally worked.

We applied them using cotton balls soaked in the vinegar and plasters to keep them in place. We also used sea salts in the bath for a soak.

A tip would be to do it once overnight and then check the ones that have turned white or black. The black ones are then done and just need to heal and the white ones are probably done so don't do them again just monitor them. If you do them again it could hurt and maybe scar. Use a moisturizing cream with antibacterial elements for during the day.

Took about a week to turn them into feint marks and they look like they'll be gone soon.

This works well on the raised spots and not so much on any brand new ones, so if you have any new ones just wait it out and do them when they are ready.

Another thing to mention is that you should take steps to avoid it spreading as when they open up you are at most riks of spreading it. Just regularly wash bedding and towls and detoll your life up!

Thanks again.

Replied by Sara
Portland, Oregon
03/31/2015
[YEA]   The apple cider vinegar + soaked cotton balls + bandaids worked so well. It was a lifesaver. Thank you so much for posting this recommendation. Seriously a life saver.

Strange that the doctors don't know about this treatment. We told ours (after she told us there was not much we could do).

Replied by Sam
Miami, FL
04/01/2015
Apple cider vinegar is almost a panacea because it changes your entire body chemistry by changing your blood reaction.
Replied by Beryl
London
08/20/2015
I am going to give the apple cider vinegar a try. My 10 year old daughter has had this for a few months and the doctors have said it'll go, but they don't seem to understand how it's starting to impact on her self esteem. I will let you know how it works out .
Replied by Mike Connor
Wellington
09/12/2015
I am desperate for help for my 6year son. Took him to the dermatologist the treatment they recommended is not working - the bumps just keep gets bigger and multiplying. I am going to give the Apple Cider vinegar a try today.

Posted by Cooper (Victoria, British Columbia) on 12/03/2014

[YEA]  I had to post because this worked so well!

My little girl was about 15 months when I first noticed some spots on her leg. At first I thought it was from the eczema that she had on her legs, but once it spread to her tummy (an area that her leg touched at diaper changes etc.) I realized it was something else. A doctor confirmed it to be molluscum contagiosum and told me that it would go away with time. He said that it could be 'zapped' as a wart to try to kickstart the immune system, but it might not work and could possibly scar and be painful. I left it for a few months, but it of course spread to the point that she had approximately 50 spots on her leg and torso and they had begun to spread to an arm. I was looking for answers everywhere when I came across these posts and decided to give ACV a try as I worried they might spread to her face.

As another poster suggested, I purchased dot bandages (used for shots). I made a mixture of 50/50 ACV & water mixture and cut small squares (small enough to fit on the bandage pad) of a make-up pad to soak in the ACV mix. I squeezed out the excess mixture and applied the bandage to the spots before bedtime and removed in the morning. I told my daughter these were her 'special stickers', so she was mostly okay with them being on, though she did pull a few off here and there. I generally covered a dozen spots (usually the most mature looking ones) each time.

After about 3 nights of application the spots began to turn dark, and scab over. I also dabbed the ACV mix (using clean cotton swabs) on the unbandaged spots before putting on pajamas.

I became diligent about using clean towels after each bath/shower, putting on clean pajamas and keeping her nails short in case she scratched the spots.

I think the worst part for her was when I reapplied the bandage to the same spot more than once, the skin around got a bit tender in some places, but really this was only on one or two spots.

It has been over a month since my last application and I haven't seen another spot since. She does have some small dark scars from some spots, but they are clearing up too and I am sure they will be gone without a trace over the next few months. Perhaps this was what was needed to alert her immune system to kick in and fight any future spots, but I can say that I am 100% confident that the ACV was what helped us to clear up the existing molluscum contagiosum.

Thank you to everyone who posted their positive experiences, and good luck to those who are looking for help, I hope this is what works for you.


Posted by Believer (New York) on 11/10/2014

[YEA]  I have to say I have been a bit skeptical of these online diagnosis-type sites. This is the first time I have ever posted on a site like this before and I am doing so because I wanted to share my experience.

I had first noticed a few red spots on the shaft of my penis and thought it might be acne. I was in the middle of a road trip and showering wasn't happening too frequently.. I may have picked up the infection from one of the sleazy motels that I stayed at but anyway.. I thought they were pimples but they only got worse. During the day they weren't as visible so I thought they went away. Only when I returned from my road trip did I start thinking that something was wrong. I started freaking out thinking that I had herpes or genital warts. I did hours of research and read through this site's posts before I tried ACV. I've been doing it now for a few days and I can see a huge improvement. It started working immediately. I had cut my ACV with water quite a bit for the first few days. This is because I read a horror story of someone getting permanent skin scarring from using a 5% strength solution. On a side note this is what Bragg comes diluted at.. as long as you cut it a little I found that it works like a miracle. I wasn't fond of the idea of a doctors visit and I'm glad that this treatment worked out for me. Don't be nervous if it looks like more are popping up after you start. Its just the ACV doing its work. I think I am on day 5 and at a stronger dose than the first 4. I can see a huge improvement, It really works. Just be careful with your strength and you should be good.

Replied by Anonymous
Anonymous
12/18/2014
[WARNING!]   I was at a dermatolagist, because I have molluscum and she said if it was on genital parts, it is an STD and that is not good. Yours can be sexually transmitted. Be careful when doing the deed.
Replied by Anonymous2
La
02/21/2015
I have it down there. My partner does not. After months of research I've come to the conclusion that it came from a sauna, spa, hot tub, gym class, or even a painting class. It can be transmitted to doorknobs, toys, towels, etc... I felt really gross and sad when I found out it was an std. BUT It's kind of like calling chicken pox, a cold, or a flu an std. Yeah you can get it by being intimate but not lysol-ing your home or office area can spread this virus too.

That isn't to say sleep around and don't tell your partner about it. You can definitely spread it. Though that does not necessarily mean that is how you contracted it.
Replied by Jeff
Jeff
10/29/2015
How did you apply the Apple Cider Vinegar? Did you just apply it with a cotton ball or did you tape the cotton ball on over night?
Replied by Anonymous
Slo
10/29/2015
Hi Jeff, I am still in the recovery process so I am not 100% sure if it will cure completely, but it's been working! I use cotton balls/cleansing pads (both organic). 5% diluted organic apple cider vinegar. It could irritate your skin, but I have a high tolerance for pain, and burns and haven't had any problems. If there is a particularly stubborn one, I will put a bandaid over it, with either the cotton soaked in ACV or cut a square off of the cleansing pad, soak that and band-aid it on. I do this either under clothing, or overnight. For the lemon myrtle extract, I'll dab it on with a cotton swab. I let both the ACV and lemon myrtle dry on it's own, and reapply after a shower.

Hope this helped!


Posted by Ehlana (New York, New York) on 10/09/2014

[YEA]  I want to thank everybody, who contributed, this website has really helped me, so I want give back by telling what helped for me.

I initially thought I had genital warts, but none of the bumps/warts were actually in the genitalia, although they were really close. Luckily, I only had about 10 bumps and I never squeeze/scratch them out of fear for scarring, so luckily they didn't spread. I've to be upfront here, this isn't an overnight solution, nor will they be gone in two weeks, but it won't take months either, if you manage to contain them.

Week 1 & 2

I treated the MC with ACV, using a Q-tip, several times a day. At night, I cut off tiny pieces of makeup pads, soaked them in ACV and used medical tape to secure them. I find medical tape to be less painful than bandaids, especially that area. The ACV stung a bit, but bearable, trick is to cut the makeup pads just a bit bigger than the bump itself, in order to not burn the healthy skin. I also took baths with Epsom salt and changed towels after every use. Nothing happened for 2 days, then the MC started to turn angry red and after a week started to scab over. My inner tights looked awful, red raised bumps with black cores. I continued applying ACV and taping even after the scab came up. I don't know whether that was the right thing or not, but better safe than sorry. I stopped the taping at night when they were all scabbed over, but continued using the q-tip soaked in ACV. Once the scabs started to fall off, I used Vaseline and after a tip from a friend, Aquaphore.

Week 3

At this point, most of the scabs have fallen off, however theres still a raised bump without a core and it's still red. I stopped the ACV and continued with Aquaphore several times a day and that made the skin heal quicker than Vaseline.

Week 4

Bumps are still there, some still red, but have flatten a bit, others are close to disappearing. I even tried this whole treatment on a bump on my leg that my dermatologist said is just a benign bump, which will just remain there. Not anymore thanks to ACV!

I want to stress that I wasn't feeling well when I started having the MC, but started to take more vitamins (B, Zinc, multi vitamins) and ate even healthier than I usually do, no processed food, lots of fruit, etc. and I think I'm almost cleared of it.

I hope this helps!


Posted by Nikorah (San Antonio, Tx) on 03/24/2014

[WARNING!]  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.

Good luck!


Posted by Struggling Momma (Alberta, Canada) on 01/14/2014

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.

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
01/14/2014
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~

Replied by Frog513
Nc, Us
01/15/2014
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!

God Bless~

~Carleen

Replied by Jw
Sacramento
02/21/2014
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.


Posted by Carlisha (Leesville,la) on 01/01/2014

[YEA]  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.

Replied by San
Ny
07/29/2014
Hi, can you tell me how much of the apple cider vinegar you used in the bath please. Thank you!!!!!!!

Posted by Kristen (North Carolina) on 09/19/2013

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Rooster
San Antonio, US
08/11/2014
I have Molluscum Contagiosum on my genital area and mostly on my shaft. I'm very scared and do not know what could work for me...I'm wanting to try the ACV but has anyone else with the same problem tried it?

Posted by Susan (Hartford, Ct) on 03/09/2013

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Mama
Mn., US
01/04/2015
I am glad you didn't use Compound W. It burned my son when the Dr suggested I use it.


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