Apple Cider Vinegar for Molluscum Contagiosum

Apr 17, 2017

Apple cider vinegar is the most effective natural remedy for molluscum contagiosum. This inexpensive home remedy can be used topically and internally. It has been used with success on children and adults.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Molluscum Contagiosum Externally

A common way to use apple cider vinegar for MC is to apply the vinegar to cotton balls and attach the cotton balls to each spot and cover with a bandaid overnight. The bandages are changed morning and night until the condition resolves.

A common problem with this treatment is that the bandaids begin to irritate the skin. This is especially a problem for children, who do not like to have bandaids removed from their skin! Additionally, repeated use of bandages and the damaged skin that results, leaves the skin ripe for further infection.

Fortunately, many have had success treating molluscum contagiousum with apple cider vinegar without the use of bandaids.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat Molluscum Contagiosum Without Bandaids

Instead of using bandaids, just apply the vinegar to the spots 2-4 times a day with a cotton ball or a q-tip and allowing the vinegar to dry on the skin.

If a large area of the skin is affected, try putting apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spraying the affected areas several times a day.

Apple Cider Vinegar Bath for Molluscum Contagiosum

For children, one of the easiest ways to use vinegar for molluscum contagiosum is in a bath. Add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to a tub of warm water. Have the child bathe for 20 minutes or so each night. While a child has an active case of molluscum contagiosum, he should not be bathed with siblings, to reduce the risk of infection to others.

Internal Use of Apple Cider Vinegar for Molluscum Contagiosum

For adults, adding 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water is a great tonic to alkalize the body and help it to fight infection. This tonic can be taken once or twice a day.

For children, 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar can be added to a glass of juice daily. The juice masks the taste.

For toddlers, try just 1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in some juice each day.

Likely you will need to treat the spots externally as well, but this apple cider vinegar tonic will help the process along.

What to Expect When Treating Molluscum Contagiosum with Apple Cider Vinegar

There are changes in the appearance of the molluscum contagiosum spots as they heal. The spots may turn white or black. They may scab. Do not pick the spots. Do not poke the spots with a pin. Picking and poking increases your risk of infection. Let the spots dry up and heal on their own.

If the apple cider vinegar is irritating to the skin dilute it with water. Try 1/2 water and 1/2 apple cider vinegar. If the vinegar causes the skin to become dry, after applying the vinegar and allowing it to dry, moisturize the skin with coconut oil or castor oil. Both of these oils also have anti-viral properties.

If apple cider vinegar does not work for you, you may need to add some internal immune building supplements like vitamin C, coconut oil, or elderberry syrup. You can also consider one of the many other treatment options that our readers have shared with us!

Have you tried apple cider vinegar for molluscum contagiosum? Please send us some feedback! And keep reading to learn how our readers have used this home remedy with success!

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Posted by Glndy (Uk) on 03/17/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Found 2 very small skin/pinkish spots within my pubic hair area. I had never seen anything like them before, because they werent exactly pimples or spots. After searching online I came across pictures of MC. I had never heard of MC and was terrified by how long it can last and how easily it can be spread. I had a brief sexual encounter about 2 months before and wore a condom. The girl I had been with didnt show any signs of anything but this is the only place I could have got them from.

I bought a tube of Conzerol online and knew it would take a few days to arrive, so I decided to use ACV until the cream landed.

I soaked small pieces of cotton in the ACV and held them in place with plasters or sometimes duck tape.I went fairly heavy handed with it and replaced the ACV pads approx. every 8hrs. Within 24hrs I could see the 2 MC clearly looking in trouble as they were turning grey / black with a puss like yellow colour visible on one side. After 48hrs the bigger of the 2 was totally black and that night it came away leaving a dipped black scab. The smaller one was flat and dark grey. On the third day the small one was totally black, it did seem to increase in size as it became black and I removed it with my finger nail. I was tempted to pierce the 2 MC at the start but I decided to see how the ACV would work first. On day four I started using sudocream as my skin around the MC spots was showing signs of heavy irritation but I didnt care as the MC's seemed to be dead and gone. Within 1 week I went from having 2 very healthy looking MC's to none at all, just 2 small areas which are nearly fully back to normal from the irritation of being heavy handed with my use of ACV every 8hrs for 3 days. My Conzerol cream arrived but I havent opened it as there is no need.

I also started taking 1 tablespoon of ACV with a glass of water and also a couple of vit C tablets each day incase my body needed some help from the inside. I also washed my area with anti-septic lotions everytime I changed my cotton pads and let them dry for a couple of min before adding new ACV soaked pads for another 8hrs.

If you are new to MC's as I was only 1 week ago and you want rid of them quickly use ACV as I did and you will see results within 24 hrs. If you are happy to put up with skin irritation for the short term you too can get rid of them "gone dead goodbye" with 1 week.

Hope this helps.

Posted by Katie K (Tampa, Fl) on 01/18/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I never take the time to write reviews for anything but I wanted to share my story for those who are going through the same hell that I went through and hopefully help someone. I first noticed a bump on my back upper thigh and thought nothing of it and a few weeks later I noticed three small bumps in my bikini area. I immediately freaked out. I googled everything and finally came across molluscum contagiosum and felt pretty confident in my self diagnosis.

I began applying apple cider vinegar constantly, I smelled horrible. It worked though. The bumps scabbed over and died but new ones just kept coming. This went on for a month. Then I read about taking Tagamet and thought I'd give it a try and IT WORKED (I used the generic Kroger brand). I took 1 1/2 (200 mg tablet) in the morning, 1 more after lunch, 1 more in the afternoon and 1 1/2 before bed. This totaled 1000 mg a day which seems like a lot but it helped. I also began taking epsom salt, ACV and tea tree oil baths with luke warm water (to avoid spreading) a few times a week. I still applied ACV to the bumps when they appeared but after would use pure organic coconut oil infused with pure tea tree oil and applied everywhere (this gets messy) before bed. I also drank 1-2 tbsp of ACV diluted with water 3 times a day. I am not sure which of these helped or if it was a combination but slowly the scabs began to heal and they started spreading at a lot slower and more manageable rate. It has been about a week and a half since starting this regiment and I have only had around 4 new bumps appear which is a MAJOR improvement. I believe (and really, really hope! ) that this virus is on the way out of my body for good.

Other notes, I take 500 mg of Vitamin C twice daily. I never wear the same bottoms twice and wash all underwear and pants/shorts/etc with hot water. I also wash my bed sheets and bath towels multiple times a week with hot water. Also, I purchased 100% pure vegetable tea tree soap from amazon and only use that to wash the area with and let air dry. I also keep Clorox wipes next to the toilet and clean every single time I touch the toilet. I know this is all excessive but I'm sure you will understand if you hit the level of desperate I did.

I really hope this helps someone beat this terrible virus!

Replied by Mgcaptain

Our 8 year old daughter has had MC I believe since August/September. We didn't know what it was until a week ago. It started as a couple bumps on her inner thigh and within the last few weeks just spread to 30 bumps out of no where on the inside of both thighs, which is when we decided to seek a doctor diagnosis. We have been trying the apple cider vinegar since we were diagnosed a week ago today. I was just applying it to the skin with a cotton ball and wasn't noticing a change the first 3-4 days, so then I used cotton pads and bandaids and tape to secure them overnight and a lot of them turned black.

The problem we have now is after doing this for 3 days her entire inside of her leg is one big rash from the ACV and bandaids, so I can't tell what is new bumps and what is skin irritation because its such a large rectangle (large bandaid size) of an area that is now red and inflamed. I am worried to leave them uncovered at night because she tends to scratch in her sleep without knowing and because its so close to her genitals that I'm afraid when she goes to the bathroom she may accidentally hit it when wiping. Should I be leaving the bandaids off even if they could pop during the day on the inside of her clothing?

I was worried that might spread it more by not being covered. Her skin is so red and raw because of the large area we had to cover with a bandaid. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Now that we know what she has we are desperately trying to prevent her from spreading it to her siblings and to anymore areas of her body, it has taken a huge toll on her self esteem.

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Mgcaptain,

I am so sorry about your daugther's molluscum contagiosum.

I would not use bandaid aids any more. The damage to the skin will make that part of the skin at higher risk for infection from MC, plus the misery.

To reduce the risk of scratching in the night, give her a baking soda bath right before bed. It really helps relieve itching. 1 cup per bath. Also, if you can get her to take 1/4 teaspoon turmeric mixed into yogurt before bed it will also help prevent itching.

Day and night I would keep her in loose fitting 100% cotton pants and wash them frequently. A clean pair first thing in the morning, a clean pair after school and a clean pair after the evening bath before bed.

You could try coconut oil instead of ACV; it is less irritating. It can be used internally and externally. 1/2 to one teaspoon a couple of times a day, internally is what I would use for that age.

Finally, my friend's daughter had this and the usual topicals were not working. She gave her child burdock root tincture (purifies the blood) and olive leaf tincture (anti-viral.) This is what cured her daughter. She didn't even use topicals when she used this.

I hope this suggestions will help make your daughter more comfortable and that she will be much better soon!!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Kt

Dear Mgcaptain,

I truly feel for your daughter and you wanting to help her.

I had a burn on the inside of my arm near the elbow that was painful and rubbed on everything. I found these wonderful latex free transparent, sterile waterproof bandages that can be kept on injuries for seven days and did not hurt at all when removed.

I haven't been shopping for awhile so I am unaware if larger bandages are available. The dimensions for what I have are 2 3/8" X 2 3/4". I only have the link on the box that I have, which is old. I hope this helps.


Posted by Dandelion (Hampshire) on 09/12/2016

Hi there,

Can anyone tell me where you get the ACV? Is it just the stuff you buy in the supermarket and use in cooking, or is it a special health produce?! I live in England. Am desperate to help my 4 and 7 year old. Thanks so much.

EC: For medical purposes you want to find raw apple cider vinegar, "with the mother." It is usually found in larger grocery stores or in health food stores. It can also be purchased online.

Replied by Lucy

Hi Dandelion,

When my two girls were about the same age they had a case of molluscum contagiosum. I was able to get rid of it fairly quickly using Grapefruit Seed Extract. I diluted it as directed on the label and sprayed the affected site several times throughout each day and it went away. I remember it did burn when applied.

Try not to worry too much. This condition will eventually run its course.

Posted by Guardian (Ct) on 06/08/2016
5 out of 5 stars

SO! I've been 4 months cure of this wretched thing called Molluscum Contagiosum. Let me tell you my story.

27 years old Male, NO IDEA how I got this thing. However I got it around my genitals. I noticed a few bumps here and there and just figured it was ingrown hairs. No big deal right? Wrong. After a week or so I noticed bumps around my shaft and other areas. I began to FREAK out researching everything on google for no less than at least a total sum of 40 hours. When I initially had concern I called my doctor immediately and got the SOONEST appointment I could (Was (am) with a steady girlfriend). I had thought it was herpes, I did not know about Molloscum. He told me that it LOOKED like Molloscum Contagiosum but was not certain and he advised me to go to a dermotologist. Well the sooner they could do was a few weeks ago, I COULD NOT let this go without me doing my part to fight it... so I found the best way possible.

Apple Cider Vinegar... you're here because of it, and it was my saving grace. I had probably two dozen bumps, ranging in different sizes and different stages. EXACTLY what I did to be cured in about two weeks was take Gauze pads, 2x2 inches and soak them in ACV, I drained them until they stopped dripping and then using some BAND-AID tape.... I taped two of said pads (both right next to each other) over the pubic area. For the shaft itself I did my best and tried to use Cotton Balls and tape them around infected areas. What I found is that the ACV being (sortof) soaked in your undergarments helped with the hard to deal with areas. After a couple of days I noticed the majority had swelled and turned WHITE, I thought uh oh this isn't good. But it is.. all things in due time. I continued the use of ACV, it burnt and made me really red but I was in it for the long game and needed it gone ASAP! (Few people commented on where I was smelling like vinegar... hehe). The third day the majority was turning BLACK, Awesome! There was still a few white, and I read different things and this was MY CHOICE BECAUSE I WAS VERY CAREFUL OF MYSELF. I popped the white ones (white is the Virus itself popping up), I kept it VERY sterilized after every pop and decontaminated after every pop to ensure no spread of the virus. However, if you are careful enough it helps to move the process along faster. Remove the white part onto a tissue or so, use fire and alcohol to decontaminate after each pop if you are daring enough. Thank God I noticed the Black scabs were starting to heal and I was becoming normal again. Once EVERYTHING turned black and was dying off I followed through with Tea Tree Oil which for sure helped and also sped up the healing process (nice scent too). Within two weeks I was cured and I could finally be free again! I was no longer ashamed.

Do yourself a favor, if you have Molloscum Contagiosum or someone you know does.... refer them to this. It's EXACTLY what I did and it's been 4 months since and I'm fully cured and free. Cheers!

Posted by Chris (Mexico) on 05/26/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I struggled with these ugly bumps for about eight months, and they re-appeared even after having them scapped off (which was terribly painful, so I was not down on doing it again). When I read about the apple cider vineger, I was a bit scared, seeing as the bumps were in my genital area, so I obviously could not leave cotton balls there taped with band-aids. So I wet a cotton ball on vinegar and left it pressed to each bump for 10 minutes every night for about five days. It totally worked wonders! I'm absolutely thrilled!

Posted by Jack (College Station, Texas) on 01/16/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wish me luck and good luck to you!

Other tips:

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

Replied by Megan
Holly Springs, Nc

I have been using the apple cider vinegar on my 6 year old but I know she won't let me clean them/extract fluid too painful- they have started turning black- what next?

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Megan, black should be a sign that they are on their way out. Keep doing what you're doing.

Replied by Sam

I recently went to the doctor because I was worried about what the bumps were all over my torso, I figured out that it is molluscum and I got them treated with liquid nitrogen gas do you think the apple vinegar would work better?

Replied by Mama To Many

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

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Sam

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

Replied by Jessica
Sunrise Beach, Mo
5 out of 5 stars

Yes, we have been using this on our son. We just used it about three nights in a row. We would put the apple cider vinegar on cottonball and secure with a bandaid. Didn't even do it during the day. It took about 2-3 days for each dot to turn black. We didn't take out the core. Once they turn black they are dead, and will go away on their own. I would say the less you pick at it the better.

Posted by Anonymous (San Luis Obispo, Ca) on 10/29/2015
4 out of 5 stars

I am so relieved to have found this website: I've had molluscum for almost a year now, and it has been such a hard time with the freeze-burns, doctors with no suggestions, and having to stop intimacy with others almost completely. I found this website just days ago and started using Apple Cider Vinegar and lemon myrtle just 4 days ago, and am already seeing major improvements! Every time I find a moment of the day at home (usually mornings and late evenings) I wipe my legs over with a cotton ball soaked in ACV. I spot treatment with the lemon myrtle, and it also masks the smell. It's been better every day.

Thank you everyone!

Replied by Olive

Hi, thank you so much for this information.

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

Thank you again, so much....

Replied by M
5 out of 5 stars

When I was heavily infested with molluscum contagiosum they were removed by the doctor with the knife. After that when they sprout I used an AVC on the waterproof plastertape and tape it for 24h! Usually they dried up in that time. If they didn't dry out, I lifted them a little bit or just bruise them and then applied the AVC soaked pflastertape over for 24h (AVC has to get thru the outer shell). This was the only way to eradicate them. I used heavily antiseptic antiviral desinfecting soap, spray for the affected area. If you are doing self surgery use gloves all the time and spray antiseptic allover, becouse you bleed like pig you should use napkins to soake out the blood!

Posted by Beryl (Surrey) on 09/08/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Lori (San Diego, Ca) on 05/01/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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

For those who are interested:

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Squiffle (England) on 01/06/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks again.

Replied by Sara
Portland, Oregon
5 out of 5 stars

The apple cider vinegar + soaked cotton balls + bandaids worked so well. It was a lifesaver. Thank you so much for posting this recommendation. Seriously a life saver.

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

Replied by Beryl

I am going to give the apple cider vinegar a try. My 10 year old daughter has had this for a few months and the doctors have said it'll go, but they don't seem to understand how it's starting to impact on her self esteem. I will let you know how it works out .

Posted by Cooper (Victoria, British Columbia) on 12/03/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I had to post because this worked so well!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Believer (New York) on 11/10/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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

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

Replied by Jeff

How did you apply the Apple Cider Vinegar? Did you just apply it with a cotton ball or did you tape the cotton ball on over night?

Posted by Ehlana (New York, New York) on 10/09/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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

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

Week 1 & 2

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

Week 3

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

Week 4

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

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

I hope this helps!

Posted by Nikorah (San Antonio, Tx) on 03/24/2014
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ACV does work for Molloscum Contagiosum, but its best if you can treat one lesion at a time otherwise it can hurt or burn your healthy skin, which becomes dry and irritated, then you scratch and cause them to spread. It will make your healthy skin look like road rash.

I have also read that you can put Vaseline on the areas that you don't want effected, not sure if this would cause all your band aids to come off Though, so it may not be practical.

Burning/freezing them off is not a good idea on a child because kids can't help but scratch and rub the blisters, this causes major spreading. Also if you still decide to try the Beatle juice, wash it off two hours after application, don't rub. I have taken my daughter several time to have this done and such bad blistering seemed unnecessary so I took her to another Dr. and he told me the shower trick. I tried it and it worked! The lesions died and she didn't have major blistering, just red where applied. My other Dr. Said to not wash it off for 24 hrs! What a difference it made.

Soak a small piece of cotton in the apple cider vinegar (just the kind you buy at grocery store)put directly over the lesion and cover with a bandaid. (Stock up on band aids cuz you will use a ton) Do this twice a day if possible. Best time to do this is right after a warm shower because the ACV will be able to penetrate easieR because the warts will be swollen.

Good luck!

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

I've spent many hours reading about this nasty virus. I need some specific advice from anyone who can help with my questions.

First here are the circumstances: My 5 yr old girl has it. It started on her inner thighs about 4.5 months ago, but has now moved up to her groin/private region, and back of her knees. She has been treated by a dermatologist 3 times (over a 3.5 month period) with "Cantharone Plus"(Extract from a beetle, blistering agent). Each treatment has gotten progressively worse. The appointments are at least 4-6 weeks apart, the drug leaves her with LARGE painful blisters, and she has more bumps each time we go. I don't think I can do this to her again, it is awful. I did try Tea Tree oil twice a day (morn and eve) for a week and a half, with no results at all, except irritated skin.

She could barely walk yesterday (1 hr post treatment) they are so raw and red and must be very painful. She was a trouper though! I washed her and patched her up last night so she could sleep. Please note, she has quite sensitive skin. Bandages and medical tape usually leave red, scaly skin, and she has Exzema, but not often or in large patches. She doesn't do well with scented or coloured soap/ bodywash. So now to my questions:

1) I want to try the ACV treatment I've been reading about. BUT do I wait until the large blisters have subsided? I am guessing it will be INCREDIABLEY painful to put ACV on them in this state! ?

2) What is the ACV concentration amount? So how much ACV do I apply, and do I leave wet cotton balls/ pads in place bandaged or taped on? Or just dab on with a Q-Tip? How do you keep them stuck on wet skin? Do you cover each bump with a bandage or sterile dressing? Or is it better to leave them open? * concern with not covering them is reinfection of each leg, due to thighs rubbing*

3) Do you do this 1 or 2 times daily? (she is in school so only possible morn and eve)

4) I have been applying Kids Polysporin to the Large Blistered ones but not the small white bumps because it helps with the pain and she had 2 infected bumps last time around, so has anyone else tried this? Does it help or hinder the process?

5) Dermatlgst stated people with Exzema and skin conditions more susceptible to MC. Wear looser pants, no more tights, a thick barrier cream to stop chaffing of thighs. Baths better than showers, no bubbles, no oils. Aveeno oatmeal may be good. Pat dry, don't rub. All this info is well and good but some seems contradictory to what I keep reading. Particularly the bath over shower part. Perhaps bathing in ACV? Any suggestions please?

6) My child LOVES the swimming pool, and we go often. She also has swim lessons once a week. Do we bandage them all each time we go? Would a swim suit with legs be of any use? Any suggestions??

7) Lastly, if anyone has experience in dealing with this in a child, in such a sensitive body area please pass any info along, I would really appreciate it.

Thanks so much for your time,

One Frustrated Mum

P.S. I am Vigilant about not wearing pants more than once, keeping hands away from that area (tough when going to bathroom though) and only using towels once.

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa

Dear Struggling Momma,

I am so sorry about your daughter! I hate to see my little ones suffer, too! We have dealt with many skin issues over the years and I will share some things we have used. While we have not dealt with MC before, we have dealt with many skin issues, I can tell you what I would try.

First the Raw Apple Cider Vinegar...yes, it stings unless a good bit diluted. You could try 1/2 or 1 cup in her bath. After you draw the bath and add the vinegar, put the water on a cotton ball and test on a spot to make sure it is comfortable. You could do that nightly. If you want to spray it on, dilute it a lot and test one spot. Maybe start with 1 part vinegar and 5 parts water.

I have not seen Extra Virgin Coconut Oil mentioned for this (I may have missed it) but it is one of my favorite anti-virals. You can give her 1 teaspoon internally twice a day. You can also use this directly on the spots. You could add a little bit of tea tree and or clove essential oil to this (5 drops of essential oil to 1 Tablespoon coconut oil) to use topically. Test one spot. If it stings, skip the essential oils.

Turmeric, internally, is wonderful for skin conditions and infections. We give a child that age 1/4 teaspoon twice a day. (In serious situations, we have used more.) This should be taken with plenty of water.

Some have found Grapefruit Seed Extract, 2 drops in 6 ounces of juice, twice a day to help a lot.

You can get colloidal silver in a spray to apply topically if the vinegar doesn't work out. This should not sting (any more than water would.)

Yes, the tape irritates my skin and that of my children, too. I have not found a good solution to this. If they would cover, you could get little boys boxer/briefs made of all cotton to keep thighs from reinfecting one another. Just get a size that will be comfortably loose.

Keeping processed food and processed sugar to a minimum is important. An organic apple and banana to the daily diet would be helpful.

Well, these are the things I would start with. There are other herbs and things that could be tried if these things are not successful.

Please keep us posted on her progress.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Frog513
Nc, Us

Dear Struggling Momma,

I understand your frustration and concern. Both of my kiddos had this and with my son the ACV worked great - His MC was on his torso/side. My daughter had MC on her bottom and behind her knees. We tried the ACV but it was too harsh for her so I bought some iodine ( not the brown kind- but the clear kind from the health food store). We would put it on every night and morning. At night we covered them with small round band-aids and we saturated the little pad on the band-aid as well. In the morning we would just put some iodine on them and leave them uncovered. The MC would become "angry" looking for a few days and then they turned to scabs and went away. They did leave little pock mark type scars but they are barely noticeable. It has been well over a year and no sign of them returning. The iodine did not cause her any discomfort at all. I hope this works for you!

God Bless~


Replied by Jw

I want to offer help for those who are struggling with band-aids or medical tapes that irritate skin, when needing to keep applying poultices or other healing modalities on sensitive skin.

I suffered with sensitive skin, and have fallen in love with using that 'new' type of saran wrap called Press 'n' Seal.

I use a sterile gauze pad to apply vinegar or oil or garlic or salve or whatever needs to be on the 'wound' or area of concern... then cut a size of Press'n'Seal large enough to hold it on- larger than a band-aid would be, usually an inch around or better if it's larger, then just stick it on to my skin. It doesn't look great! but it doesn't cause any skin irritation.

I wore one into my dermatologists, and she was excited, immediately saying she knew two young patients she was going to use it with right away who were suffering with an 'adhesive allergy" as she called it.

If you are dealing with a large skin area, like a rash or have several lesions or pimples or bites or such, stick your gauze bits to them, and cover the whole thing with the wrap. If you need it to look better, or are working with a child (who won't be able to resist peeling it off) or it's in an area where it will get rubbed by clothing, then you can cover the sticky-wrap with gauze, or that sticky-ace-bandage stuff, but it isn't touching the skin, so it's easier on the skin. And, it 'waterproofs' the poultice from leaking out of, say, just gauze.