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Molluscum Contagiosum Remedies

Last Modified on Aug 20, 2015

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.

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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   54  0   

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

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!


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

[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

Apple cider vinegar is almost a panacea because it changes your entire body chemistry by changing your blood reaction.
Replied by Beryl

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 .

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

[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

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.

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


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

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

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~


Replied by Jw

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

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

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

I am glad you didn't use Compound W. It burned my son when the Dr suggested I use it.

Posted by Tj (Glenmoore, Pa) on 10/01/2012

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Inapanic
Toronto, Ontario

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!
Replied by Tj
Glemoore, Pa

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.
Replied by Mike
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl

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 :(

Replied by Mike
Boston, Ma

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:

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.

Replied by Frog513
Swansboro, Nc, Us

[YEA]   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!



Posted by Vix (Napier, New Zealand) on 08/03/2012

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Momofthree
Fairhope, Al, Usa

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.
Replied by Vix
Napier, Nz

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.
Replied by Clove Oil
Xx, Fl

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.
Replied by Marc
Raleigh, Nc

[YEA]   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.
Replied by Mjbd
Quito, Ecuador

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.
Replied by Mel
California, US

[SIDE EFFECTS]   Conzerol warning... When removing conzerol from my skin, it tore my skin apart and looked like I was bleeding through my pores.

Posted by Kenzie (Salina, Kansas, USA) on 06/24/2012

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Hayley
Epsom, Surrey, England

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.
Replied by Candace
Abilene, Tx

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!
Replied by Justamamma/kim
Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States

[YEA]   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!!!!

Replied by Clove Oil Works
Orlando, Florida

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.
Replied by Ellefatica
Raleigh, Nc

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.

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