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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.

Posted by Amanda (Ozark, Alabama) on 06/04/2012

About 2 yrs ago I noticed my oldest son had some small bumps around his shoulder area. Didn't think much of it we live in South Alabama so bug bites are very common. I went on life as normal BATHING MY KIDS TOGETHER.... After a few more weeks I noticed that my oldests bumps had spread & a friend suggested that it might be MC. I had no idea what that was so I took him to the Dr & same story as the other people. However he did tell me that it was highly contagious. My heart sunk knowing that I had already exposed my two other kids to the virus. My sweet baby girl showed signs about a month after seeing the Dr. Hers however were between her legs up high. She has battled over a yr now. It has been painful for her and heartbreaking for me. I asked the dr everytime we visited if there was anything we could do to stop the progression. You see where hers are they multiply like crazy. I finally got sick of hearing "just let it run it's course". My baby was getting scarred in a delicate place & not to mention the pain.

I turned to the web & found out about ACV. Now it was not an easy task getting my 5yr to let me put the treatment in this very sensitive place. My oldest was game & was willing to do whatever it took. My youngest 3 has one on his behind & one on his arm but after watching my daughter's reactions was not too happy to let me try the treatment on him... We solidered on. After the first round the biggest of my daughter's bumps are gone my oldest son's have all gone & baby boy made it only 2 days so more is needed there. Baby girl is going to need more treatments as well. But I must say the information i've received here has been invaluable. I hope that a mom somewhere reads this & gets help for there baby's before 1 & 1/2 yrs passes with no help.

#1 don't allow legs to rub together at all!

#2 make sure the area drys completely before dressing

#3 don't poke or pop them!

#4 let them see the progress so they maybe more willing to go along with the treatments

#5 pray over those suckers!

Replied by Ash
Auckland, New Zealand
Like you I have a 3 year old who has the virus, started out about 8 months ago with a few bumps and has spread down her arm and tummy and on to her legs. Dr stated " it would go away on its own!" which now seems to me a totally unresponsible comment to make.

I have applied cotton wool dipped in ACV to a couple of spots over night to test it. They seem to have turned white in the middle - do I keep applying? I am worried I will burn the skin surrounding the ACV if I keep applying.

Replied by Lookingforacure
Atlanta, Ga
My 6 year old daughter has had this for a few months on her left side. At first I thought it was skin tags but I quickly changed my mind when the tags were spreading into different locations. Like any good mother I turned to Dr. Google and discovered that she has MC. I have not taken her to the doctor but have started treating her with ACV for the last 2 days. She has about 30 bumps - most of them on her upper thigh, a few on her torso and just a couple on her inner arm. I apply 2-3 cotton pieces at nite and so far it looks very promising. I also give her a bath in a cup of ACV for about 30 min. She doesn't seem to mind. I also keep the bumps that are red and look like they are red and raised covered with a baindaid that has been treated with antibiotic cream. This seems to work well and usually within 12 hours the bump has opened up and the bump looks MUCH better already. We have had a couple of very infected bumps and this is why I'm doing this - mainly to prevent this from happening - and to prevent other bumps from forming. She is tolerating it well but doesn't like to take the bandaids off in the morning. I'm hoping we don't have to do this for a very long time because the adhesive of the bandaids is very irritating. The spots we have treated so far have all turned black though. It's not a pretty sight with all the redness, bumps and black spots. however - I'm hopefull we'll be seeing the end of this soon.
Replied by Falcon
Houston, Tx
"Apple Cider Vinegar for Molluscum Contagiosum": Just wanted to give an update on my 3 yr old son the two bumps that were left on his arm one turn black and fell off the other one is half black and it looks like it will dry out soon. I bathe him very night with ACV and water and I think it has help for No new bumps has came out J. My son would complain about the pain when I would put a pad with ACV and cover it over night and remove it in the morning; So now I am just put the pad every other night. For the mother who is worry about burning the good skin, I gave my son a break from the ACV couple days or put lighter amount of ACV in his bath.
Replied by Rootsnsprouts
Land O Lakes, Florida
Replied by Clove Oil
Orlando, Fl
Forget the acv.... Use clove oil. A couple application a day. It works quick and doesn't leave a big scab like acv. I had problems with spreading of the spots around the treated area with the acv, but no problems with this with the clove oil. I stumbled on it by accident, but it worked so good for my two yr old I want to scream it from the roof tops. Twelve weeks of battling this mc. Going from 15 spots to about 200, and then after trying clove oil, they are gone. We won. Take that mc. Thank you clove oil.
Replied by Jill
Thompson, Manitoba Canada
I am interested in what I am reading about clove oil, has anyone tried it and had it not work. My 2 year old has had MC for over 1 year now and the doctor told us to leave it alone and it will go away. Well its been getting worse, much worse, he has it all over his face and he picks, so it's been spreading. People are always asking me "what's wrong with him?, what does he have?" I hate it and I think he is starting to notice, I don't think the ACV is a good fit for us, since the spots are so close to his eyes, but any additional information anyone can provide on clove oil, such as can I apply it to his face, and how should I at what strength should I use, what should I mix it with, should I cover the spots with band-aids after? Thank you for any help.
Replied by Amandap
Southern California, California
We have been trying the clove oil mixed with wheat germ oil (both are supposed to be good for immunity and antiviral) once a day after a shower for the past week on my three year old. The spots which had been spreading up his side into his armpit are going away, but unfortunately the bumps are still spreading. I would recommend trying the clove oil for the body, however, I would not use this oil on the face near the eyes. The oil is strong and I am still working out if it is too strong to put on the bumps directly. The major plus about it is that it doesn't dry out the skin as badly as the Apple Cider Vinegar applications which we tried for about two weeks with lots of crying because it burned... Even when diluted.

Posted by Marx (Manchester, Uk) on 05/13/2012

I applied ACV to MCs and got it out. But again they have appeared on my face this time. The one on shoulder, after applying acv, they died and left circular marks. Now this is gonna happen to my face as well. How can I remove these marks of dead MCs ? Please help.

Replied by Beth
Atlanta, Ga
[YEA]   My 4 year old daughter had 3 wart-like bumps- 2 in her armpit and 1 just under on her rib age. I took her to the dr to see what it was. It was diagnosed as Mollescum Contagiosum. He said it would take 9 months to over a year for it to go away. I read about ACV, we tried it... I used a makeup remover pad, cut a piece the size of her bump, dipped it in ACV and put on the bump. I covered it with a waterproof bandage (sticks on all 4 sides, keeps the ACV pad in place) overnight.

After 3 nights of treatment, the MC bumps were scabbed over, the ACV also damages the healthy skin around the MC so I was going to take a break from applying the ACV and 2 days later the scabs came off by themselves and the MC was completely gone! I am thrilled that it didn't take months to take care of this!

Replied by Falcon
Houston, Tx
[YEA]   Apple Cider Vinegar for Molluscum Contagiosum: 5/24/12 My son of 3 yr was diagnose with MC two month ago the doctor told us just let the MC to take its course and it will go away in about 6 to 12 months. My son started with one bump on his stomach and then two on his arm. I decide to treat him with ACV. I bathe him in water and two cup of ACV and dip makeup pad in the ACV and tape the pads to the bumps overnight. After the first bath and over night pads; the next morning they were white and the second morning the bumps were still white. But on the third night half of the bump on his stomach was turning black and fourth night it was completely black. On the fifth day my son complained that it was hurting him when I place the pads. So I stop putting on the pads with AVC but continue to bathe him in ACV. And today is the ninth day and this morning I notice the bump on the stomach fell off. I decide to put antibiotic cream on the area to keep it clean. I am still waiting on the two bumps on his arm; hopefully it won't be long before the fall off.

I wanted to thank you all for your tips that you place in this website- it has help my son so much.

Posted by Jennifer (New York City, Ny) on 04/14/2012

Question: Two weeks ago I noticed two bumps on my left crotch. 1 week later, it became 10. I was panic so I went to the dermatolist... he froze the 8 bumps wihtout saying it would spread.

Two days later. 10 bumps became 40. It went to my vagina and left butt cheek.

Desperately searching the internet for cure, I decided to try Apple Cider Vinegar .. and keep a journal here for your all.

Day 1: Soaked cotton balls with ACV and sealed with waterproof tap. From 9pm till 12pm the next day. Areas show no bumps now surfaced 20 small white puz filled ones ( does that mean it is working? ). The others are just read and round.

Day 2: Saturday so I am spreading it with ACV all over my body, and tape all the enlarged areas the whole afternoon. Nothing changed - no black/brown- only white and red.

Question: does spreading ACV all over my body preventing the spreading of virus?

I don't know where I got it from. I went to the Korean Sauna a month ago. Went into the Jacuzzi - could it be where I got it?

Replied by Jennifer
New York City, Ny, Usa
Sunday day 3: Last night I taped all over the buttcheek and crotch, the bumps are either

  • white with brown head;
  • Red and enlarged;
  • flat but more areas are red and irritated.

One benefit I found about about ACV is that it cured my eczema on the face - for two months I suffered from red, itchy eczema all over my face to the point that I could not sleep at night - waking up scratching and the skin was all shredding . I could not put any cream on as any single drop irritate it more. I look like a freak.

The dermetoligist did nothing. He suggested to do allegy test but it it be in another two weeks. Since Friday I started rinking ACV three times a day with diluted water - my face is all cleared up!!! No more itchy, it is healthy and beautiful skin. Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I decided to let my crotch and buttcheek airdry by taking a shower then stay naked for the whole afternoon. I want to see how it becomse. As most of the skin is now very irritated and I start to feel them. maybe too much stress from ACV for the good skin.

Replied by Paul
Nw, Uk
Ok I'm a 29 year old guy, so about 4 months ago during male grooming I noticed some bumps. Went to the docs who told me it was Molluscum and gave me cream, did nothing. Went to see another doctor who told me it was a heat rash, gave me cream, did nothing. Went to see a third who told me it was Genital Warts and gave me penicillin and told me to get myself to the GUM [doctor of genito-urinary medicine].

My G/F of 8 months who's been great about this came with me and we both got a full check up, no STIs but the GUM expert said it was MC.

Having seen this site I am giving the ACV (or just CV here in the UK) a try. My crotch is pretty sore after 3 days but things do seem to be changing. They're bigger, yellow and some of the larger ones have gotten a little black dot in the middle which is what people seem to be indicating meaning they're dying. I am showering twice daily and using teatree oil body wash on the areas infected too.

My skin is V sore though so might give it a rest for a day or so if I can't bare it anymore but trying to perservere. The 3 on my penis shaft are the worse and look awful but it's moving the right way I hope.

I have no idea where I got it from, neither me or my gf have played away and she hasn't even got it (luckily! So far) but before we went out I was a bit promiscuous (but always wore condoms) but I have contacted them all to advise them, none of them admitted having it (well you wouldn't would you! )

I will keep you updated.

Replied by Jennifer
New York City, Ny, Usa
Day 3: Monday. After last night's full sleep, I only spray ACV for 1. 5 hour as the adjacent skin is swallow and red. Feared of further damage to healthy skin, I took a shower and apply anti-biotics ( Neosporin) on affected area.

98% of the bumps are either a) red; b) scabbed over and disappeard; c) white head with red round bump. My crotch looks like a war zone. maybe I was able to catch all of them by spraying instead of taping, which realy damaged my skin.

Question: how long does the discoloration / damaged skin come back to normal?

Replied by Jennifer
New York City
Day 3: Most of the Bumps ( 20 on the right buttcheek, 20 on the left buttcheek, 40 around crotch / vagina) are all turned brown head or scabbed over, except for three one staying white.

People said no need to keep applying ACV on those ones and it should fall off. My skin looks aweful now so I will stop doing ACV treatment tomorrow.. Will update

Question: does MC grow/ spread inside Vagina?

Replied by Jamie
Raleigh, Nc
First of all, I'm sorry if you have this! I'm 22 and I had MC starting several months ago. It was just one large skin-colored bump on my pubic area and after it stayed there for several weeks to about a month I popped it like you would a pimple. Big mistake! I got the white core and it bled quite a lot. I had no idea what MC was until several more of these bumps showed up a bit later. Went to the doc because I was freaking out about an STD but she said it could be MC but it definitely wasn't an STD (even though it's caracterized as such above).

I read all about treatments and such and I went to a dermatologist who did nothing for me so I turned to the forums on this topic. ACV was the best option and I used the band aids with a soaked cotton ball on each one. It worked eventually but I was sloppy with how I applied the ACV and bandaids and I also couldn't resist the urge to pop some of them, which only makes it worse.

My advice is to:

1. Don't touch them! And if you do, wash your hands thoroughly.

2. Go to the store and get ACV, latex/vinyl gloves, cotton pads or gauze, Q tips, Neosporin, iodine, tea tree oil soap (Trader Joe's has this for cheap), and lastly bandaids. Don't skimp on the bandaids as I did. I recommend Nexcare waterproof bandaids - the adhesive is clear surrounding all the way around the pad.

3. Take a shower with tea tree oil soap, rub iodine with a Q tip all around the affected area(s), put the gloves on one or both hands (it's easier to apply the bandaids without a glove), cut small precise and correctly sized pieces of cotton that is smaller than the pad of the bandaids, and finally soak the cotton in ACV and carefully place it on the area and cover with the bandaid so that all of the ACV stays in.

4. Wash your hands thoroughly and leave them on for about 24 hours.

5. The next day, remove the bandaids and take a shower with tea tree oil. The MC should look white or black in the middle of each bump. Black means the virus is dead, and white is at least a sign of progress.

Continue monitoring the bumps, you can put some neosporin on them to help heal and reduce scarring, or continually dab them with ACV. I would use the tea tree oil for a while until you're sure there are no more bumps. ACV baths also may help. I don't recommend popping them because it's pretty risky and you could spread it.

Damaged skin may be a problem. I have scarring from most of the bumps I had so try to be very careful with applying the ACV cotton pieces and bandaids.

Good luck!

Replied by Jennifer
New York
I am happy to report that after two weeks of painful treatment and a little bit of doc's help, no new ones are in sight anymore.

Don't abuse the ACV treatment - I burned my skin so bad that the skin fell off and bleed. fortunately I am a healthy person so one day later the wound healed and two days later the skin came back - with white bumps inside.

The doc squeezed it out, without nitrogen as I requested.. it is looking good now.

However, I am still scared of the virus might be still there so every other day I wrapped myself with ACV or spray my whole body with ACV before shower.

The thing is, it is not sexual transmitted disease - I seriously believe that I got it from the Jazzuzi/sauna/gym. Just so from now on I will never use towels provided by hotels/vendors.

Replied by Kris
Houston, Tx
When my son was 3 years old, he had 6 of these MC bumps show up on his stomach. I took him to the doctor who diagnosed it as molluscum and said it will just run it's course and should be gone within 3 - 6 months. Well, 6 months later they had multiplied to over 200 all over his stomach, legs, arms, face... Everywhere. The only options the doctor gave me were to burn them off or apply a cream. I opted to do neither, and went home and started searching for natural remedies. I tried the apple cider vinegar for a short while, but he had eczema in addition to the mc and the Apple Cider Vinegar just made it more painful.

My aunt, who works at a health food store, recommended elderberry. I bought [an immunity booster] which is made from elderberry and gave him 1 tablet a day for 2 months. Within 2 weeks, you could see those disgusting little bumps start drying out. Within a month, they had all disappeared, but I continued giving him an additional months dose just to make sure the virus was eradicated. It's been 3 years now and he hasn't had anymore show up.

Replied by Jennifer
New York City
Just some updates: after 6 weeks treating with ACV and Tea Tree Oil, Molluscum are pretty much gone from my crotch, legs , arms, and chest. They really spread all over my body but the doctor said that those bumps on my arms, chest and waists are only allergy to molluscum.

it now spread to my face - eyelids and chin and forehead. small white pops up and I applied ACV a couple of nights every day and they were gone.

However, new ones today on my neck. Use ACV now to cover them up for 3 hours. I don't want to burn them.

The point is, Molluscum spreads all over the body - fast!!! The only way to kill them is to use ACV as soon as you spot them.

and now it is itchy like hell... Even though they are invisible. I could not sleep because overnight I would scratch myself waking up to wash my face with Tea Tree Oil ( that stops the itchness). And during the day I use ACV to clean up my face.. Of course, the skin peels for 3 days.. hopefully I killed thoes bastards by doing so.. still itchy like hell!!!!!!

Replied by Holly
San Antonio, Tx
I just got diagnosed with MC 2 days ago and I think I've had it for about 3 months now. And of course, like with most of you, my doctor said just to leave them alone and they'll go away. I'm glad I found this forum and didn't listen to him.

I only have at most 25 bumps and most of them are really small. They are all on my upper legs and bikini line area. I think they spread through shaving so I'm going to stop shaving those areas.

Yesterday I started with the ACV, cotton balls and band aids thing. I left them on for about 18 hours and I saw that they raised up and were all turned white. I guess this is a good sign according to what most of you have said. I just changed all of the cotton balls and band aids. Which is really annoying! But I guess it's working so I'll keep it up every day. It's definitely itchy now when before I couldn't even feel them. But I just want to get rid of them as fast as possible. It's really uncomfortable to wear so many band aids down there but hopefully they go away quickly. I really don't want to spread this to anyone, especially my bf : (

Replied by Justamammakim
Idaho Falls, Idaho
All, I am so so sorry to hear how hard your treatment has been. Fortunately my treatment has not yet been so bad. I how ever have been the same. I have the hardest time not picking and popping.... Err. What has worked for me?

#1 Soak 15 min. Or more in bath, add several drops of 100% tea tree oil from any health food store. Pat dry, with a CLEAN towel. (This is important; MC is very contagious and can be spread through clothing, towels, physical contact, etc. MC is not just an STD, and many times people are misled to believing so. )
#2 Mix a few drops of the tea tree oil with natural oil, even olive oil or coconut oil is great. Rub the oil on the area. Using the mixture will help keep the irritation down to a minimum.
#3 With a Q-tip or cotton ball apply ACV. If you are going to keep the ACV on the area, secure with a band aid. (If the area becomes sore, remove the band aid and apply a very small amount of olive oil or coconut oil (whatever you used with your tea tree mixture. ) Let the area sit uncovered for a while. It is good to let the area air dry though the oil does prevent dryness. This is why using a small amount is necessary. If dressing right away is a must, recover the area with a band aid and you're on your way.
Leggings, tights, and slacks are always a good idea, under jeans or however. Jeans tend to rub against your legs, etc. This also goes for underwear. Underwear are made for comfort and moving, also can rub in the wrong place (ladies).
It's OK to take a BREAK. There is no need to make be miserable!! So far, I have had some pretty amazing results. I have a small amount of irritation on a few of the larger bumps, nothing like any of you sad, ouch! Also, I itch. I hate itching.
Keep in mind; I have several from my knees to my belly. Most are very tiny. Kind of looks like razor burn. I have suffered from MC for over 15 years, with several misdiagnoses.
I hope this helps... Good luck...

Posted by Carina (Cochranville, Pennsylvania) on 04/02/2012

[YEA]  My daughter had molluscum bumps on her knee and elbow. Each site had only about 10 bumps, but at 7 years old she was uncomfortable with how they looked and didn't like her friends asking what they were. I asked the pediatrician about them and she said it was mollescum and that it was a virus that just had to run its course, sometimes getting much worse than better.

I turned to EarthClinic, as I do for everything(! ), and once again ACV seemed to be the trick. We put it on by dabbing with a cotton ball about 3 times a week and within a month they were gone. I think with an even more regular treatment they would have been gone even faster! Love love love what ACV has done for us!!

Replied by Ginak
Hamilton, Ohio
My daughter (age 8) has this on her bottom and it's quickly spreading between her legs to the front. I started treating it by dipping cotton balls in ACV then using tape to hold it over the bumps, overnight. The second night she cried from the burning sensation.

Is it necessary to do this overnight? I considered soaking a wash cloth in ACV and laying it over her bottom, but will it burn her whole bottom, or just the spots?

It's been amazingly helpful reading all the feedbacks.

Replied by Sophie
Dayton, Ohio, Usa
The ACV, used at full strength, WILL burn ANY sensitive skin. I would suggest diluting the ACV with water. A convenient way to do this is to add a couple cups of ACV to your daughter's bath water, and make sure the affected areas are submerged. Your daughter may have more tolerance for a bath rather than a compress anyway... Use some fun bath toys to keep her in the soak for a longer time. I use this ACV bath on myself all the time to treat folliculitus, and it works wonders! I usually just soak in the bath until the water gets cold. Good luck!
Replied by Plasticpuppy
Bellingham, Washington
Female, 21 years; Discovered MC in genital region and some MC bumps on lower buttocks. I didn't realize what it was at first, just thought it was razor burn, but after it didn't go away for a couple months I started doing research online and self-diagnosed as MC. Did not go to a clinic as the bumps were exactly as MC was described; raised flesh coloured bumps with dimples in the center and painless.

Panicked, I started applying pure rubbing alcohol on all the bumps twice daily. This did abosolutley nothing except burn me in places that were extremely uncomfortable. Did more research and came upon the ACV treatment. Once started, I noticed results right away!

This is what worked/is working the best for me; my daily routine:

Shower first thing in the morning. I stopped using a loofa or anything to wash myself except my hands. Used Antibacterial body wash. Get out of shower and dry myself using a fresh, clean towel. Used something other than my towel to dry MC(crotch region) like a kleenex or paper towel, or if had time, air dry. Then take little cotton balls soaked in ACV and just ran them over all bumps. waited till dry and applyed baby powder all over crotch and bottom.

At night I had a ACV/epsom salt bath. Get the water as hot as you can handle as it will open your pores allowing faster absorption of ACV/epsom salt. At first I was putting 1 cup of both ACV and Epsom salt in a half-full bath tub; I did this for 1 week. My second week I started adding 2 cups ACV. Try to stay in the bath for 15 minutes. Alot of the MC will actually come to head in the bath. My skin only burned after my first ACV bath, after that it didn't effect my heathy skin at all. In fact, the bath did amazing things for my skin tone, weird but wonderful stuff! After draining the bath, I would always rinse off and wash again with antibacterial body wash. I would do the same thing after a bath as I did after my morning shower; wipe down MC bumps with ACV and apply baby powder. I would put clean pj's on everynight and I never wore underwear.

I washed anything that my crotch came in contact with(pants, tights, sheets, pj's, towels, toilet seats). I started taking a multi-vitamin, sovereign silver 5x's daily, drinking water, and watching my consumption of sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. Some people say that they cut it out completley; Don't toture yourself, just be more aware of what you're putting into your body. And SLEEP. SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP. go to bed early! After a good night's sleep is when I noticed the biggest improvment.

ladies: I encourage wearing thongs as it reduced the rubbing along the inner thighs and allowed more air flow in general. Never wore the same pants two days in a row. Some people suggest wearing tights under tight jeans.... I feel like that has too much potentional to trap moisture. just use baby powder, a thong, and wear your tight jeans! Then wash them that night.

A couple of nights I tried sleeping with ACV-soaked-cotton balls covered with medical bandages, but it was extremely painful the next day as my pubic hair AND skin would rip off with the bandage. I tried bandaids; but bandaids on pubic hair? A joke. I only did this about 4 night on two, very large MC bumps that just were not dying in the bath and it did help; they turned black and fell off in the bath. But Letting it air-dry overnight was more effective and THAT pain factor was 0.

Some MC bumps I pushed that little cluster of white shit out, some I just left alone. Some turned black, some just got really red and angry. To be honest, the more I freaked out about them, the worse they seemed to get. It's been exactly two weeks of my routine and I only have about 5-10 bumps left(Started with 40-50) with minimal scarring and redness. I have been using A D baby cream with aloe on the red parts of my skin just to calm it down and if it gets itchy, I just use Cortison, or any anti-itch cream I can find.

Stay clean, be patient, keep it in your pants, and stick to a ritual that works best for you!

Posted by Helpseeker (Psl, Fl) on 02/07/2012

I just wanted to say, "thank you all for commenting". I have had two of these for two years and finally got up the courage to ask my gynecologist for help. He says he can treat them, but that they may come back. I am married, and while my husband is completely understanding, the body image issues that I have had to work through have prevented me from being close to him. I am going forward with the ACV prior to my appointment in 4 weeks. I have never commented on anything before this, but am truly grateful for the advice and support as I no longer feel alone and abnormal. May we all find relief.

Replied by Huyy2
San Diego, Ca
Hi, I have has MC for 4 months, and tried aldara and zymaderm. These don't work in the short term, although they may work in the long term. The best thing to do is to do an intensive treatment of AVC for about a week or so. To Buy: rubbing alcohol 91%, needles, medical tape, and medical pads to soak the ACV. You want to soak your needle and fingers in the rubbing alcahol and pop all the bumps. Then you need to soak some pads in ACV and tape them down to your skin. If in the pub region, lay on your bed flat for a few hours. Then shower and apply some baby powder if desired. Then repeat every day for a weekish. You see them start to turn white or black. After all of them turned black. You can stop and apply anitbacterial ointment. If you see any individudal bumps ride. Repeat the popping, and just soak a cotton ball in Apple Cider Vinegar and tape it on teh bump, u dont want it to spread again.

This is the fastest way to treat MC, aldara makes your immune system react to the area where you apply the cream, so may work in the long term, but may take months or years, and they just keep spreading.

Replied by Elizabeth
Orlando, Fl
Helpseeker, you may have already gone to the doctor, but if not, ask him if he can treat the bumps with TCA (tricholoroacetic acid). I noticed that I had about 6 bumps on my thigh area last year and when I went to the doctor, that's what she used and it worked for most of them; the bumps scabbed over and disappeared in less than a week, I believe. I think there were 2 that remained, whether because she didn't see them or because they resisted the TCA, I don't know. But anyway, for these remaining bumps I used the ACV-soaked cotton ball method for about 24 hours, give or take, until the bumps looked white and the core was somewhat visible. I then sterilized a needle with rubbing alcohol, wiped the skin with Betadine, and popped the bumps making SURE to remove the cores. I then wiped the skin with Betadine again and taped on another ACV-soaked cotton ball, making sure to sterilize/wash any area that the virus may have come in contact with (I even wore latex gloves during the process). I am pretty sure I did not leave the cotton ball on for very long this second time, maybe a few hours, before taking it off and letting the area air out. The area healed within a few days for me. I had one random bump pop up several months later and took care of it the same way (not even bothering to go to the doctor). So, in short, ACV worked very well for me even though I was a skeptic. Best of luck.

Posted by Molluscum Hell (Davis, Ca) on 11/29/2011

I had molluscum contagiosum for about 6 years on my penis and pubic are and thought it had left. I contracted it I believe from my daughter who had it for about 4 months on her arm pit from sharing a towel with her. She had it only on her arm and it was gone in no time from doing nothing. At the time I had no idea how contagious it was. I went to the doctors office and had it frozen off so many times that I lost count at least every other week I would go. The pain is nothing anymore. I have only one scar just a white spot but you can't really see it. It would go away for a few weeks or months it would seem and then its back. It has really been hell. It has now been gone for about 2 years so I thought. I had two spots that the doctor said lets keep an eye on. Then recently it seemed to come back or I got it again. I can't believe this bleeping thing. I'm about ready to cut off all my skin I am going crazy. I don't have Aids or any health conditions and I'm perfectly healthy. I don't know why I have had it so long. Recently I have had it now again for 3 months. I went to the doctor once and said forget it never again. I recently purchased Dr. Scholl's Wart remover to do it myself. I have shaved the area not with a razor but an electric one with a guard to remove as much hair as possible as not to spread it. I get about 8 to 10 hour sleep a day. Eat healthy lots of fruits and vegetables and even juice 4 carrots 1 apple 1 cucumber and 2 stocks of celery a day. I eat only home cooked meals with lots of veggies and no fast food or soda. I have always eaten like this anyways. I'm in very good shape athletic and healthy.

Recently now I have tried the ACV because with freezing them off as soon as I see a new one another would pop up. It started with 3 then soon I was at 30 all below and OMG it looks horrible. On top of freezing them I have used the ACV soaking paper towel in it then applying it to the entire area. It would actually burn my nut sack but I forced my way through it and ignored the pain. After leaving it on for an hour I removed it and had a couple black spots. I did it again and again for an hour to 3 hours for three nights in a row. Each time it got more sensitive to the point all my skin is super dry. Before and after each time I shower and use a separate towel to not spread it. Then I always put baby powder on when I am done. After doing all the research possible I think creating an internment it won't want to live in is the way to remove it. Baby powder to keep the area dry all day and then ACV for an hour or two to kill the virus and dry my skin. At this point its been two week with not a new one showing up. Im keeping my fingers crossed this time that it wont come back. I will update you all on my progress.

So in short. Eat healthy and use paper towel soaked in vinegar to cover the whole area and then baby powder to keep it dry. Use fresh new towels each time and change underwear at least twice a day and I shower at least 2 to three times a day. WHen I had it over 6 years before it wa snot that bad just 3 to 6 at a time I freeze them off and then gone for awhile. But this time its exploded and I'm going nuts so I'm doing much more than ever before to try and beat this thing. Pray you don't get it. Its so hard being a single guy to have to say no to a hot girl that wants to be sexual. My sex life has been hell. I have a wonderful girlfriend now that I did tell about this problem and she is very supportive. It so hard that I can't even get to close to her out of fear of giving it to her. I really hope that ACV, baby powder and keeping super clean and not spreading it will finally kill this mother trucker!

Replied by Grateful Father
Melbourne, Australia
[YEA]   I can't thank you all enough. Our two year old was diagnosed with mc when she had maybe 5 spots. Stupid doctor prescribed some cream and we were told it would go eventually but that there was really nothing we could do but wait. Chemist sold us some drinking concoction for another $160. Two months later our daughter had maybe 30 spots and they were really starting to spread and multiply faster. They were spreading from chest to tummy, arms and leg. Then we hit the Internet and found Apple Cider Vinegar and Dr Wheatgrass cream. Within 30 minutes we had bought both. And I can't begin to explain how happy we are now just a week after the purchases. We used the Apple Cider Vinegar on the body spots and within 2 days they were scabbing over. We soaked a make up pad in the Apple Cider Vinegar and secured it with macuracrome. You will need to check the spelling. It is white medical tape that can be removed easily. Less painful than bandaids. We applied the Acv in this way each morning and night, leaving it on the white spots all day and night. We sometimes gave the scabbed over spots a dab of Apple Cider Vinegar if they didn't look like they were damaged enough. One week on the scabs are starting to drop off but we still need to see if the spots have actually gone. New little ones pop up every day or so and we immediately hit them with Apple Cider Vinegar for a day or two. These were obviously on the way up before we began treatment. As for the Dr Wheatgrass, we bought the most powerful and and after a week it does not seem to have done much. In fairness the company claims it takes a few weeks to work but we have now started with Apple Cider Vinegar on the arm spots and stopped the Dr W cream because Apple Cider Vinegar works and works fast. So we figures it is silly to let the other spots linger. We also want this to be over for our daughter. The vinegar does sting on raw spots but we always have a wet facewasher to immediately remove the Acv when it causes pain on an individual spot. I think our daughter actually looks forward to her treatments because she can see it working. There is a difference in 12 hours. I would not have believed it unless I had seen it. How can vinegar fix something in a week that our idiot doctor allowed to spread and told us it would last for months. She should be ashamed for allowing a child to slowly be covered in spots when she must surely have been aware of this amazing and simple cure. Our daughter was excited the spots were going red, then a scab the next day, then the scabs getting ready to fall off. She put up with a little discomfort because she could see it working. Please try Apple Cider Vinegar if your children have this disgusting virus. Don't hesitate because the spots will multiply and you will regret it.
Replied by Derek
Anywhere, Oregon, Usa
[YEA]   ACV is the way to go!! I contracted MC from a sexual partner and was terrified, enraged and devastated. After reading MANY different websites, I found the ACV definitely works - but there's a lot more to your war on MC. Read about my experience and maybe it will help you.

Many will tell you that a visit to the derm is a waste of money, but I set up the appointment once I discovered what I had. Of course, the app't wasn't for THREE MONTHS, so I waged war on these little bastards in the inerim.

My topical & internal battle against MC:

For reference, I'm a 45-year old male in fairly good health. These first appeared on my stomach, at my belt-line in October 2011. Three weeks after ignoring them (I was on vacation and had no idea what they were), my doctor prescribed Podofilox (sp?), which burned the skin around the pox (as I was warned it would do) and was much more damaging and took longer to work than ACV. Plus it was crazy expensive at $58/teeny bottle. They did appear to "die", but I'm still treating the affected areas with Vitamin E oil weeks later, as they're quite red and the size of a nickel.

So I began treating them with Tea Tree Oil twice a day, with a cotton ball. Be careful, though - this stuff will also burn your skin, and some people don't like the smell but I don't mind it. Don't leave it on for prolonged periods, just dab a bit and give it some time to soak in.

Then, I cut a few myself with either a razor or a needle. It's best to "pop" them, I found out later. Tweezers help a lot. Be sure to disinfect the tweezers and the area before and after, as the core/goo in the middle does contain "seeds" that will spread more of these. Popping is a matter of choice; you risk infection and spreading the pox.

You can get the "core" to rise up and show it's pimply head either with a 10-minute hot shower, or soaking a cotton ball in ACV and applying with a band-aid for at least 12 hours. That's when you pop it. After popping, treat with Neosporin (or other option if you're allergic) and bandage. Then apply pure Vitamin E oil (or pure Aloe) regularly.

You know they're dead when they scab, turn black, or disappear.

As mentioned, these started out as six on my stomach, but three spread to my leg, four to my trunk & belly button, three to the base of my penis and one final horrific day when a pimple appeared on the head of my penis. Life was NOT good.

I work from home, and mid-day every day would give myself a "treatment": Soak gauze pads in ACV, and cover the bumps on my body, including wrapping my entire penis, and lying in bed for about 40 minutes while the ACV did its thing. I did the same thing before bed. Some report that the ACV burns sensitive skin but I didn't have that issue. And here's a funny image for you, but I was doing everything I could think of: at night I would put my entire penis in a sock to keep it from touching any other part of me (cock in a sock). I would also treat my entire groin area, butt and back in baby powder to keep it dry, and slept naked.

Change your bedding regularly! Use a different towel & washcloth each time! Wash your hands often, especially after treating yourself!

I finally had my derm appointment and he dug out three of them - including two on my trunk and the one on my penis (yes, it was awful) and they're healing well.

Now - for the internal treatment - VERY IMPORTANT:

As you have probably read, these things thrive in a weakened immune system. So, I became Mr. Healthy Guy. I quit coffee & alcohol, ate foods high in Lysine (low-fat yogurt, milk, cheese, broccoli, etc. ), and began walking regularly. I drank ACV cocktails (a shot glass of ACV, fill with juice and soda water to taste in a pint glass). The initial flavor is a bit sour, but I personally got used to it and found that I actually liked it. I drank this mixture 2-3 times a day, over the period of an hour or two each time. I took many supplements: Emergen-C, L-Lysine, Vitamin B & D, Zinc, Thuja, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Saw Palmetto and Whole Lifecycle Activated Mushrooms. The latter are like Ninja Warriors fighting for your immune system. It's expensive - $33 a bottle, but for me, worth every penny. I also drank lots of Yogi "Skin Detox" tea.

I can't really report that any one thing was the fix here, but a combination of the supplements and change in lifestyle were all to play in my success. It has only been about a week but no new ones and I feel positive about it. Also - I feel great! Detoxing is so healthy and I think my skin has responded like a trooper.

I hope these details weren't entirely sordid and mostly helpful :) Try to not get depressed (I went through some real panic attacks); there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Good Luck to you in fighting this horrible, embarrasing and enraging virus.

Replied by Jill
Broome, Australia
My 7 year old was diagnosed about 12 months with MC by our local doctor. Yep the same story as most of you, he said leave them alone they will go away within a few months, not very contagious. The couple that started on her arm have now turned into about 100 all over her arms, top of her legs and on her tummy. So happy I found this website and started on the ACV. Been applying it for about a week now, they haven't disappeared but are going red and some have a scab on them so we are hopeful that before school starts they may be On the way out. I dab on the ACV with a cotton wool ball then wrap her arms, legs and tummy with cling wrap then tape it with medical tape. This is more practical than band aides as she has so many. I do this at night and leave the cling wrap on for about and hour or so, any longer and it gets to hot and sweaty for her as currently wet season here very hot, humid and wet perfect conditions for MC and is quite common here with the kids. Once again thanks for all the great info and tips on this site!
Replied by Dale
Springfield, Va
My MC first appeared on my pubic area and spread to my scrotum and the top of the penis. Two different doctors diagnosed it as folliculitis. Treated for 2 months with no results and it started spreading. After researching this I concluded it was not folliculitis but MC. I started the ACV treatment two days ago. Most show no change but a few have turned black. Sounds like that is a good sign. I also purchased ____ and am going to give it a shot also. ACV at night and Z_____ during the day. I'll provide updates as they happen.
Replied by Dale
Springfield, Va
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   Have now been using ACV for three days. Several of the bumps black/dark red and look like scabs. I hope that is good news. I have been either taping cotton balls soaked in ACV over the afflicted areas or using small bandages with a little bit of cotton underneath them on the spots. While not all spots have shown signs of improvement most look different.

I have also been using Zymaderm in the morning since I don't want to smell like vinegar at work. Not sure if the Zymaderm is doing anything but the label says it may take 4 weeks for the Zymaderm to work. Also the Zymaderm smells like dry cleaning solution. I have found that if you put it on and then let it dry the smell decreases significantly, but it takes a while to dry.

Replied by Dale
Springfield, Va
[YEA]   How now been using ACV for a week. It works GREAT. I usually see results after keeping it all night. The bumps will either

1. turn white, enlarge, and then turn into a dark red scab,

2. Get a black dot in the middle of them and then start to subside, or appear to open up and then scab over. I have gone from probably 30-50 bumps to 15 to 20 in a week. Some of these are new ones just like others have said. I've been hitting hard as soon as I see them. I'm also using Zym----x once or twice a day. Not sure if it is doing any good but it's easier to apply then the ACV. I also soak in the tube with a cup of ACV every morning. I think this is also helping.

Replied by Jr
Peninsula, California, United States
Please you guys that are calling this an std/sti IT IS NOT! Please do your homework not trying to be mean. It is a poxvirus, no matter which way you have become infected. I went to a profession facility to confirm this & even wikipedia defines it as a poxvirus. I'm not sure how I contracted molluscum contagiosum(mcv) because there are so many ways. I started to notice bumps around december 2011. I thought that they were razor bumps(ALWAYS GO TO THE DOCTOR THE MOMENT YOU NOTICE ANYTHING YOU'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE ON YOUR BODY) , big mistake. Over time the bumps began spreading from my crotch region all the way to the sides of my male genitalia. I would say in total I have 30 to 40 bumps from 3-10 bumps right now. If I had applied apple cider vinegar(acv) to cure mcv it probably would have went away by now.

For me ACV has only gotten rid of maybe about 5-7 bumps. In other words it helped but it didn't cure this condition. Its true the 5-7 bumps went white or scab after the Apple Cider Vinegar then I put hydrogen peroxide(hp) on the open bumps that went away but I'm hoping that the hp bubbles didnt make the mcv multiply. I used bandaids but since some of the mcv couldn't be completely covered by bandaids I used some gauze pads. If you don't ring the gauze enough it BURNS the sensitive areas. I had seen someone say they used makeup pads. You can get 60-80 pack at any big grocery chain for around $2-3. So I would soak 5-6 pads in Apple Cider Vinegar and cover all of the crotch mcv. I feared it might burn on the genital area so I just cover it manually. Starting March 1st, I will try to use soaked pads overnight to see if it will start to make a difference.

I wanted to know for the people that have gotten rid of mcv with Apple Cider Vinegar alone, what supplies specifically did you use & how long did it take? I'm trying to get rid of these bumps with acv(the most natural way I could think of) without popping them & risking spreading them over again. Please help.

Below are sanitary tips for mcv:

1- Try not to re-use or share towels

2 - Strongly advise not to swim or engage in aquatic activities for that can possibly spread them, if you must soak in a shared bath, I STRONGLY recommend washing the tub before the next person uses it to prevent it from spreading to them.

3 - Do not engage in any sexual activities if its around your crotch area.

4 - Wash clothes in strong germ fighting solvent to prevent spreading.

5 - Wash hands/take showers after working out or vigorous activities or if you ever touch or open mcv bumps.

Replied by Sharon
Colorado, US
I am writing to try to prevent any unnecessary suffering I can by sharing what worked for me to get rid of the god-awful molluscum that has been plaguing me—in A WEEK.


The short answer is this: bathing in Dead Sea Salts/Epsom salts each night (2 cups of salt, soak for at least 30 minutes) and then slathering my body in coconut oil infused with clove oil. I've been suffering from molluscum for 7 months—and spending hours each day for the past 3 months applying bandages soaked in ACV—and the bathing/coconut oil has ridded me of dozens of spots within four days!! So PLEASE try it—it won't hurt or sting like ACV, it won't scar (it's in fact really GOOD for your skin), the coconut oil soothes itching, and your suffering will finally be OVER.

(Note: I only used tepid—not hot-- water to bathe in because I was terrified it would spread the virus. I bathed my leg in tepid water for a week to make sure it wouldn't spread before soaking my whole body in the tub. I was also scared that the coconut oil would spread the infection. Neither, thank God, did. I CAN'T SPEAK TO WHETHER BATHING IN HOT WATER WOULD SPREAD IT, THOUGH).

Coconut oil has lauric acid in it which is anti-viral. One study showed it was effective:

I bought Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and added 10 drops of clove oil for each tablespoon of coconut oil (had to warm it in the microwave to make it spreadable). You can dab the clove oil directly on spots and they will often scab in a few hours (thought the spots will sting). I also added 10 drops of something called “Thieves Oil” which has clove oil, cinnamon oil, lemon oil, and eucalyptus; this smelled great and the cinnamon oil seemed to improve the circulation.

Meanwhile, internally, take Tagamet (Cimetidine), which will enhance T-Lymphocytic activity. I took 400mg 3 times a day!! It definitely didn't make my spots disappear, but it did keep them from reaching mature size. By the time I found the sea salt and coconut oil/clove oil treatment, I had dozens of small spots. (My derm froze the first set of spots—which were twice as big as pimples—and left scars. I don't know why, but after she treated them, I found new spots popping up all over my body. But the Cimetidine seemed to keep them small; few ever developed a visible white core. I think the sea salt and coconut oil /clove oil worked so quickly because the Cimetidine kept the spots so small.)

Also, Colostrum (or Lactoferrin) will enhance your immune system. I also took 10,000 IU Vitamin D, Zinc, Vitamin C, Oregano Oil (which has anti-viral activity) and Holy Basil; who knows whether they did anything.

I have heard that there are four different strains of molluscum and that they look different and likely respond to different treatments. My mature molluscum (the first round) looked like really large pimples, not dimpled warts. This sea salt bath and coconut oil/clove oil moisturizing treatment worked wonders for these spots—and SO FAST!! I hope you try it because I want to spare you the months of misery I went through before I discovered this.

Posted by Worriedmom (Las Vegas, Nv) on 11/18/2011

My 7 year old has been diagnosed with Molluscum on his neck. The dermatologist without fully informing me on what this virus was etc... Immediately gave him a CPS (beetlejuice) treatment that blistered badly scabbed and now new bumps/warts have appeared. I took him back in yesterday and was informed to do another treatment. I declined so they gave me a Curad Mediplast bandage to put on.

What are your thoughts regarding Apple Cider Vinegar that I am reading about? How do you apply? How bad will it scar? It is in such a obvious place being on his neck and I am just sooo confused please help!

Replied by Happy Girl
New Brunswick, Nj
[YEA]   IT WORKS!!! I'm 20 years old and I've had molloscum for about 6 months now. I've never been really bothered by it, but I met someone really special about 3 months ago. In order to further my relationship with him without having to tell him about my molloscum, I NEED to get rid of it. My doctor prescribed me Zyclara, which cost me over $300 and after 2 separate treatments it did not work. I've recently been prescribed Veregen, which would have also cost me $300 but I decided to try Apple Cider Vinegar instead. I first applied it on Wednesday night. I poured it onto a gauze pad and taped it onto the bumps on my thighs and genital area. I kept it on for a couple of hours then took it off and showered. The next night, I dipped a q-tip in ACV and rubbed it on each individual bump before taping the ACV soaked gauze pad on. I kept the gauze pad on all night while I slept. In the morning, I checked my progress and every single bump is white and two are completely black and scabbed! I'm going to continue the ACV treatment. IT REALLY WORKS!!! After months and months of worrying and wasting money, I've finally found a cure! Thank you for this thread! :)
Replied by Worriedmom
Las Vegas, Nv
Thank you so much. Sorry for tardy reply, just have been away.

So after drilling the GP and Dermatologist.. They only came up with the Curad Mediplast bandage and said best to do the CPS(beetlejuice) treatment. Not wanting my son to suffer at school with unsightly blisters protruding from his neck... I tried the ACV by first soaking a q-tip and dabbing on each bump. I then covered in a ACV soaked non-stick bandage and put on neck then held down with a muslim wrap found in my first aid kit. He said it stung but slept with it on. Next morning the bandage was dry(?) I removed and notice some of the bumps scabbed but still a few bumps.... With an added few(?! ). I put some presciption 2.5 hydrocortisone cream and vaseline on it. My son complained of smell the next night but I put it on anyway. Not being sure of what I was really doing, I put it on all over side of neck again, even scabbed areas I think. Hard to not get them when there are bad bumps mixed with good! He could only stand about an hour and remembering the person in this board that mentioned "cruel to a child" I took off and dabbed with more ACV, then covered with non-stick pad and wrapped with self adhering tape. Today he has a light scab over all of the bumps! I put the hydrocortisone cream on this morning with vaseline over it... Looking at it this evening, it still looks scabbed over!

Now I wonder do I treat again or just cream it? Will dab ACV on with cotton swabs and cover with non-stick one more time I think?! This is honestly working pretty quickly for us. It is so much easier on the eye. Better to look like a light dried scab/scatches than the gorey mess that I was seeing from the beetlejuice!

Replied by Ali
Caloundra, Qld Australia
Hello, both my daughters had bad cases of Molluscum Contagiosum. With some research I came across a product made in Australia by Dr Wheatgrass. It cleared them completely after about 1 month - painlessly - they just appeared to shrink away - I highly recommend this product. I also use it for my eczema as well and it is great.
Replied by Worriedmom
Las Vegas, Nv
Whats the name of the product and is it available and USA? So the bumps seemed to have primarily gone down. I see a few bumps around and have soaked more pads in ACV and put on his neck... Much to my sons dismay. He hates the smell. I noticed 1 small bump on his outer thigh. I dont know if its the Molluscum or not?! I also notice a few little bumps on my chest.. how can you really tell Mollescum from just a bump now? His never had a wart look to them.

My true question is how long should treatment last? Think we have only been at it a week but have to get a better routine down to knock this out! How do you transition out? What is best creme to put on during day? How contagious is this really, the docs told me I was probably immune but I read quite a few adults on here.

Posted by Mcvictim (Los Angeles, California) on 10/23/2011

Okay so I first noticed these small bumps on my genital area (located on my labia majora near the vagina -_-) back in June. Since I did not want to face having my doctor tell me I had Genital Warts I decided to ignore the bumps.. When I realized they were not going away in august I decided to face the doctor. She, to my relief, informed me I did not have GW and told me this was MC. I was prescribed some acid solution I was told to apply every night before bed and every morning. November is nearing & I am still struggling with the freaking' bumps!! I've even tried to claw them off and have woke to new bumps the next morning :'( this has seriously affected my confidence and to make matters worse I have some scarring :'( I've been feeling so helpless especially now since I'm running out of y prescription.. Thank god I came across this site.. I know now that I am not alone & I have hope now that I feel like I came across a cure. I will begin to apply ACV to the bumps tomorrow and I will be posting to report any progress.. Wish me luck.. For my scarring I'm thinking of applying some aloe Vera residue? I'm really hoping both the aloe & ACV work since the scars alone are a give away of a disease!! Ugh I want my life back.

Replied by Mysonhasmc
Sacramento, Ca/usa
[YEA]   My son was diagnosed with MC last week and the doctor told me to just leave it alone. I'm glad I igored that advice and found this thread. I have been using ACV for the last few days on the clusters and they are scabbing up and shrinking! My son has been thanking me every night because he knows it is helping and just wants them to go away. I feel so bad for him but this stuff does really work and he is also taking the lil critter vitamins.
Replied by Tired Of Mc
Montana, Mt
I have had a molluscum on my penis for months just below the head. I have used ACV for a while turned it black and thought I killed. After the scab came off it is still there. Any suggestions help.
Replied by Tracey
Whiteland, Indiana
Not trying to just sell something, but Melaleuca oil will clear those little suckers up in no time flat. My sister-in-law used a sample I sent her on two of her kids and they were gone with in days and have not come back. Try this!
Replied by Jackson78
Chicago, In
I left the ACV on overnight and it had turned white in the morning... Looked just like a whitehead pimple... But after a few hours it has gone back to looking like it did before... Does this mean I did not kill the virus? Has this happened to anyone else? Should I just continue on with the treatment?
Replied by Fml. Fml. Fml.
Vancouver, Canada
I believe I contracted this benign demon of a virus 6 monthsa ago at the gym using their filthy towels.

Hindsight Man says: Do NOT use gym towels. Bring your own.

Treatment: I started the ACV treatment a few months ago in September and have been vigilant about the application. All I've been using is cotton balls and tape to hold down on the infected areas.

So far, it's gotten better, but nothing completely healed. Can anyone offer any next steps? I've heard neosporin, tea tree oil... Should I be using new towels each time I shower?

I don't think I can go 2 more years with this stuff. Any help would be great thanks.

Replied by Worriedmom
Las Vegas, Nv
Yes I think using fresh towels is important. My son has on neck so everynight fresh PJ's and pillow cover. Did you find out about the tea tree or neosporin? I am looking for this next step info as well!

Posted by Lynn (Las Vegas, Nevada, Usa) on 10/21/2011

[YEA]  I didn't know what they where when they first apeared thought heat rash, bu then more came stgot diagnosed... And tried eveything, zymaderm, natural products, ointments creams, then I experimented with, nailpolish, and so on then in my frustration came across this WONDERFUL information about ACV, and IT WOrKs, they died by going black, yes some pain but hell if it was going to get rid of them then YAHOO... It looked ugly for about 3 days then amazingly, wonderfully I was cleared...!! PS vita E on skin around the bumps is good will keep it. From burning!!

Replied by John
Santa Clara, California
How long did you treat the area with ACV till you saw results? I have been treating for about 2 weeks now. Some die out and scab and some new small ones appear also. It's getting super frustrating.
Replied by Worriedmom
Las Vegas, Nv
Lynn, what do you mean, put Vitamin E around bumps? Is it on bumps as well?

Posted by Chelseaaaaa (Puyallup, Washington) on 10/16/2011

I have molluscum all over my legs. They spread because of shaving. I did try the apple cider vinegar treatment by leaving it on for 24 hrs. Some have scabed some are red and some have not changed at all! But my question is I know you cant shave when you have this but can you wax your legs? I cant stand not shaving them. Ive had molluscum for over 4 months now. Ive been getting them frozen off. A couple weeks ago they were finally all gone so I started to shave again and then they came back and multiplied! How long after they r gone can you shave? I hope apple cider vinegar works! Its all been day 2 since my treatment. PLEASE HELP!

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
It depends on whether you want to clear the problem up or you want to spread it. You have only been using ACV for 24 hours. There may still be some virus in the skin. If you open the pustules up by pulling the skin off with wax they will certainly spread. Be patient... it may take 7 days for the skin to be clear or more...
Replied by Bill
Chicago, Il
[YEA]   When I initially started using ACV to clear up this problem, I killed like 50 of them within the first 24 hours. But they kept coming back 2 - 3 at a time over the course of about 6 weeks. I had to keep applying ACV to the new ones until the virus had died off. Any skin that was infected takes about 6 weeks (average according to online research) to manifest into a bump. So skin that looks normal, but has the virus, might take awhile to show up. I would say that if you are vigilant in applying ACV to new bumps as the appear - they should clear out after about 6 weeks (give or take).

I know that I was frustrated that new ones kept coming - but after like 6 weeks they finally stopped.

Replied by Chelsea
Puyallup, Washington
Okay I will just be patient and not wax them either. How often did you put the Apple Cider Vinegar on your molluscum after the 24 hr treatment? Do I need to do another 24 hr treatment or just apply it on them a couple times a day until they are gone?

Thanks so much for your help!

Replied by Bill
Chicago, Il
[YEA]   I had to use the ACV for about 7 hours on any bumps... (usually left on while sleeping or while working during the day). I applied a waterproof bandage with cotton soaked in ACV - this prevented the ACV from drying out and maximizing the exposure. The bump should flatten out and turn black or brown (smaller ones seem to just go white, though). But if it is still a bump (i. e. you can feel it raised on the skin) be sure that it is still active and apply more ACV. This is how I did it- but others have used other methods such as makeup pads and whatnot.

Also try to minimize anything that might make them spread such as cutting them open or breaking the bump open.

Eventually it should go away if you treat the bumps as quickly as you detect them. Check for new ones every day until you are certain the virus has been destroyed.

Replied by Chelsea
Puyallup, Washington
I have noticed everyone saying there molluscum has scabbed over after they apply apple cider vinegar. Mine have not yet. I did do another treatment since my first one except I only did it over night and not 24 hrs like I had done before. All mine are red or have not changed :( its now 4 days since I first started doing the apple cider vinegar. Do they have to scab over for this to work? Only a few have disappeared. My bumps are also pretty new- about a couple weeks old and are very small.
Replied by Aila
Sault Ste. Marie, On, Canada
I have found by squeezing or pinching them out gets rid of molluscum very fast. It hurts a bit and then it will bleed. I had tons of them on the back part of my leg, and one by one I squeeze them out, and they never came back. I have also squeezed them out of my babies, as soon as I saw them. It leaves no marks or scars.
Replied by It's Rough
Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
I noticed mine back in August, a lot of them, and left them until September to do anything about them. I have been killing them off slowly for the past 5 weeks or so with the ACV, applying it 2 times a day, but it's still taking a while and more are showing up. But I'd imagine that after the 6 week mark as somebody said in another post they will stop appearing. It's rough, and being at college, the weekends are pretty lame. :(

Thanks to all your posts, they've been giving me some good ideas on how to gain advantages in this chemical warfare below.

Replied by Chelsea
Puyallup, Washington
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   Well I'm not sure if its the Apple Cider Vinegar but my molluscum is just multiplying. I have stopped shaving my legs and I'm a girl so it's embarassing and they are still multiplying! Since freezing is the only thing that works for me I made a appointment for today to get them frozen. After that I will continue to apply Apple Cider Vinegar to the bumps I'm getting frozen today since it did get rid of some of my bumps. Maybe it will prevent spreading it? Let's hope so! I dislike the scarring of getting them frozen though. But over time the scar fades and is not very noticable so I am glad it's fall. And by summer the scars will not be very noticeable.
Replied by Carl
Asbury Pk, Nj
I know how this is going to sound. I know people are going to read past the first few lines of this and skip it. And that's kind of lame. But here goes: I've had Molluscum Contagiosum (MC) for a little over a year. It was the typical story. I won't bore you with the details.

The only input I have-get ready, this is the part I told you about- is that you should learn to meditate.

I'm not telling you to change your religious beliefs, I'm not saying go on pilgrimages or become a vegan or anything (although the latter would supercharge your body into viral-holocaust mode, trust me). All I'm saying is that meditation will help you get a sense of self and you'll learn to appreciate yourself regardless of whatever virus you have or how you got it. no more "oh, man, why did I sleep with her?" or "i can't even hug my grandma now" type of stuff.

the ridiculous emotional and psychological trauma you go through with this virus is so detrimental to your well being. Stress will only hinder your miraculous immune system from performing it's magic and fixing you. Do a bit of research on how to meditate and I promise it'll help alleviate the suffering. It's all over the internet. Even if you don't have an incredible divine experience, you will definitely calm down. This whole thing is especially useful for those of you with anxiety disorders.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to have numerous health benefits, and it only takes fifteen mins a day to do. Or you could do it a bunch of times a day. I do it right when I wake up, and again right before I go to bed. Often times I'll do it in the middle of the day too. it's quick, easy, and people have been taking charge of their problems using meditation since the dawn of time.

And I'm also not saying to stop taking medicine or using tea tree oil or what have you in favor of meditation. By all means keep a physical control over the virus any way you can. But supplement it with some mind-over-matter techniques. This virus will stop at nothing to take advantage of a stressed-out body. don't give it the chance.

Also, take hot hot hot showers, as they will remove debris from your upper-most layer of skin (including dead skin cells which could be housing the random stray virus), make sure you quit smoking ( as soon as I did this and got over the first few nicotine hungry days, I saw an immediate decrease in the number of pinkish bumps and an increase in the number of irritated red ones (which in my opinion is when they start to die), and above all don't lose hope. You have at this point undoubtedly survived loss, heartbreak, rejection, fear, and a host of other awful things. Don't let some stupid virus with its stupid irregular DNA and giant stupid purple head on too many legs get to you. You can beat this, it has been done by many people. just believe it will happen and you'll be back to the smooth-skinned, fully functional person that you were before whatever mishap you had.

Carry on, good luck, and Godspeed. We're in this together.

Posted by Mcfree (South, Georgia) on 09/27/2011

[YEA]  Let me start off by saying this stuff is a miracle! I had bumps pop up on my bikini line for the first time about 2 and a half weeks ago and since I had never heard of Molluscum my first thought was of course herpes. I went to an emergency clinic and they told me I had Molluscum. After doing much research online I came across this site. I never once read anything but freezing and cutting does NOT work. I decided this was worth a shot. I went to the organic food store and apple cider vinegar. The first two nights I soaked make up pads in the vinegar and held them down with a large band aid. I did not poke the molluscums or try to squeeze out the center. After two days half of the spots scabbed over the rest were open and it became very painful to leave the vinegar on for a long time so I started swabbing the remaining spots about 3 times a day. After about 7 days of total treatment the spots were gone. Don't waste your time at the Doctor, this stuff works!!!

Replied by Jimmy7111
Houston, Tx - Texas, Usa
Ok so I tried this sterile needle idea and it's not really working any faster than just using ACV and cotton pads. I will say since I have left it alone it's starting to clear up and looking much better. There is still a few fresh bumps but I'm not planning on messing with them till the others have heals and are gone.
Replied by Mumjojo
United Kingdom, England
[YEA]   Hope this can help some of you. My daughter has had molluscum contagiosum for over a year now. It started on the back of her left leg and then spread to her bottom and now her right leg. I searched the internet so many times but found no known cure. Doctors told me it would clear within a year but it just seemed to be getting worse.

I decided to try APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.... So far so good. I have only been putting it on my daughter's legs about once a week just before she goes to bed but they are definitely clearing up. I have been putting clean pyjama bottoms on her every night after dabbing the cider vinegar on with cotton wool.

Hope this works for others. Best of luck x

Replied by Holly
Dallas, Texas
We have been battling molluscum for almost a year now. My 5 year old has had it since last December and it spread all over his body. We had most of them go away with the dermotologist using beetlejuice but that does not prevent new ones from popping up. He started with 50 and now were down to 7. This is after 3 trips to the doctor with them applying beetlejuice each time. Well, my second son is now getting them and I had to get an answer.

We started ACV 3 days ago. My question is, the new molluscum that are TINY, do we treat the same way as the more mature ones? I put ACV in a spray bottle and have been spraying the new TINY ones down twice a day, hoping to prevent them from growing at all.

Also, when they have a little black spot in the middle, does that mean I don't have to apply the ACV to those anymore?

Thanks for any responses. I'm going crazy trying to clear this up because I have a baby due soon and I don't want her to come in contact with this horrible stuff.

Replied by Debs
Kelowna, Bc Canada
[YEA]   I'd like to pass on my 'success' so far with the ACV treatments I have used on my 5 year old from this site. Like all of you, extreme frustration with a virus that has not 'disappeared on it's own' since I noticed the 1st few bumps almost 1 year ago. Not willing to try any of the brutal doctors suggestions, my daughter has tolerated this modified treatment extremely well. I began applying ACV nightly before bedtime on Oct. 3rd, 'dabbing' onto the 40 MC that covered one armpit/arm/side area. I used straight ACV dabbed on with a Qtip, then covered with bandaids and wrapped the larger cluster areas with non-stick guaze for the night. Only applying at night, the MC has looked 'red and angry'.. Slowly drying out, and now I can only see 2 MC that have any pus inside.!! Yes!

Once they began really drying and scabbing out, I have begun to apply Vitamin E ointmant to those MC as I fear some scarring. It also seems to speed up healing. ?? I have dabbed on some Tea Tree oil for good measure as well. Seems milder, but couldn't hurt. I have not noticed 1 new MC since we began treatment. :-)) Fingers crossed! I will definately be passing this info onto our GP. Btw.... Naturally, I have not dabbed ACV onto 'open' MC as they erupted... that would be cruel to a 5 y/old. I just wanted to pass this along to other parents ... That it IS WORKING for us!! Even if it's taking longer.... It is working!! Thanks for everyone's input... We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! Note... I launder her jammie top every day.. And have stopped the nightly hot baths as it also feeds the spread. Who'd of thunk it?? Just wish I'd known this stuff a year ago! :-))

Replied by Lyndz
Manitowoc, Wi
My 5 year old son also had molluscum. Every month for about 6months we were going to the dermatologist for 'beetle juice' treatments which were overall painful once the treated area would blister.

One day at my job I met a woman who was Native American and practiced natural remedies. We discussed the process my son had been going through. She did some research for me and made a tincture to apply to the affected area every night. In addition to the tincture she had made she also recommended that he take a vitamin with Echinacea.

Long story short-he put the paste on once and decided he didn't like it so we discontinued that but he has been taking L'il Critters Immune C Plus Zinc and Echinacea Gummy Bears vitamins daily and his molluscum has disappeared completely. These gummy vitamins taste good, easy for children to take, inexpensive and can be found at general retailers like: CVS, Walgreens & Target.

Unfortunately this past week our pediatrician confirmed that my 1yr old son has molluscum. We do not want him to be treated by the dermatologist with 'beetle juice' so I have been researching liquid toddlers vitamins with Echinacea before we try other aggressive treatments. Maybe I will try ACV for him. Wish us luck!

Replied by Debs
Kelowna, Bc
Just to update on my daughter's plight... After 2 weeks of a mild ACV treatment, she is now more than 60% healed! Mostly now, just red areas remain... You can tell they are well on the path to healing. I wanted to add that I also boosted her immune system with added multi vitamins and vitamin c tabs. We have not noted 1 new MC since we began this treatment on Oct. 3rd. I now feel confident to say ''Success''!! Can't wait to show the doctor. Hope you all have the same measure of success!
Replied by Shelley
Plano, Tx
Hello, First off..... Hello Debs from Kelowna BC. I used to live there!

MY son has been dealing with this since April. We have tried zyclara for two months now. The bumps (on torso, upper arms, and few on neck) are seeming to get red and angry. My hubby and I are now starting with this ACV treatments like gang busters now. It sure is bring the core to the surface more. Sometimes we pop them but mostly we keep putting the cotton and bandaid to the area until it gets black and scabs over. They are everywhere on his torso so it's hard to do one at a time. We are putting big gauze pieces soaked in the ACV and have him sit while watching a show. Then we take it off. We will do this twice a day. We have terrasil cream and aquaphor healing oinment to put on in between. Throughout the day I will swab down his body with ACV to get the little ones. I hope this works. It looks just terrible! We would love for this to go away before spring! Crossing our fingers. I'm glad I found this website.

Replied by Sara
Ocean Springs, Ms
A few months back my then 15 month old daughter developed MC. I found this site and started using the ACV. I used q-tips soaked in ACV and held them on each bump for several seconds. I felt this would be a more humane treatement with a toddler. I did this 2-3 times a day. Some of the bumps were very tiny, some looked like typical pimples, and some looked like the typical MC bumps. The doctor did diagnose her with MC. The bigger ones turned black and/or scabbed and went away, and others just went away. I did this for about 3 weeks. New ones just kept popping up. I treated them until finally I felt like I was free of them.

Now, here I am about 2 months later, and she seems to have developed them again. They really don't look like the typical MC, more like a pimple or bug bite, but there are about 13 of them on her face, hands, legs, and feet. This would make sense because she is covered in the other areas. My question: Is it possible to get reinfected after a couple of months of clear skin? Can they be molluscum even if they are not the "typical" waxy, flesh-colored bumps? How can I prevent this from happening again? She doesn't bathe with siblings and I use a new towel every time she bathes. She is 17 months old, so I can't exactly tell her not to touch them plus there are 4 on her hands and she sucks her thumb!!! I am sooooo frustrated because I thought I had vanquished these irritating little bumps. The ACV definitely worked; they disappeared in a matter of 3 weeks, but I don't know if I can keep this up every few months. Any suggestions?

Posted by Alex (London, Uk) on 09/22/2011

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar for Molluscum Contagiosum

I read ithere last night after losing all hope they would go away, all 20 of them, as the doctor said it would take up2 18 months to clear :'( so I tried ACV first steralised a needle popped them all, didnt hurt, put ACV on make up pads and taped it on my genital area, lower abdomen, leg and chest.

7 hours later (overnight) BOOOOOOOOM I can hardly see them! Shocked shocked shocked! Thank you everyone you are all superstars )

Replied by Jimmy7111
Houston, Tx, Usa
I've had this stuff for over 2 months now and I never knew what it was. I thought herpes at first and after doing much research online I found out it was Molluscum. At first I couldn't find any home treatments so I just went to the store and got some liquid wart remover. This attempt was very painful and not very effective. I have been using ACV now for a few days and it seems to be clearing them up. I do have a question tho.. Some of the bumps are turning black and clearing up others have a white like scab on them at this point do I keep applying the ACV or let it try and heal up? (SIDENOTE: DO NOT POP Molluscum LIKE A PIMPLE - ALL IT DOES IS SPREAD THE VIRUS. ) Also it's a cheap way to secure yourself, go purchase some alcohol and after each time ur hands come in contact with the area of treatment make sure you use the alcohol on ur hands. This will ensure you don't spread Molluscum to other parts of your body! Good God I hope this is over soon!
Replied by Lolabell
Waretown, Nj Usa
I've been told by a few people who had them scab over or turn white is to leave it alone. Mine have turned white or scabbed over but I lay some makeup pads soaked with ACV on the bumps (I have about 8 or so in the bikini line area) and leave it on as long as I can about 30 minutes to 45 minutes then remove the pads and just let it air out. I've done this a few nights now. I can't seem to keep the bandaid on all night in the bikini line area. It seems to be working. They appear to have shrunk and they're not painful (filled with pus). They're not turning black though, so not sure but I believe the ACV is working. I'll just keeping applying ACV soaked pads at night until they are gone. Good luck to you. I do believe the ACV works, so just keep at it.
Replied by Jimmy7111
Houston, Tx - Texas, Usa
Thanks for the reply. I have left it alone now going to see what happens. One of the bumps that's off on its own I circled with a sharpie and I'm giving the stabbing with a sterile needle a try tonight. I will reply with my progress on this technique.