My son had another bout of Molloscum that started on his hands and spread to both arms. In the past I cured it by just applying Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with a cotton pad directly to the skin. But I spotted a bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar with Manuka honey added to it at the grocery store and decided to give it a try. I know that Manuka honey is antibacterial and cures skin infections, so with it added to the Apple Cider Vinegar I thought it should work even better. It was a success! I applied directly to the skin with a cotton pad and then wrapped both of my son's arms with rolled gauze. The bumps that had pus in them burst on their own and the liquid was absorbed by the gauze, preventing the infection from spreading any further. I applied the Apple Cider Vinegar with Manuka Honey every day after giving him a shower and then rewrapped both arms in fresh gauze. I had to do this for about 3 weeks or so before all the bumps burst and healed. Both arms healed without any of the bumps spreading to any other parts of his skin.
To start off, I had Mollescum Contagiosum for a year and one week and told myself the entire time that when I got rid of the infection I would compile and post a list of treatments that I tried and how well they worked for me. The worst part of having this virus is how hopeless and depressing it can be when you constantly apply treatments but it keeps coming back, so hopefully someone with MC stumbles on this story and finds if helpful.
So here's my story: I'm a 26 year old male and 14 months ago, 3 months after ending my last relationship, I discovered a bunch of small white bumps and some pink bumps on my lower abs and pubic area. The first time I noticed them there were maybe 6, and a couple days later there were around 30. I panicked – I googled STDs and self diagnosed myself with mollescum. I read about the virus and treatment options on medical websites and felt like treatments were very limited.
There are a bunch of websites out there that claim to have a cheap cure and I was desperate enough to pay $15 to one of them even though it seemed suspicious; basically it gave me detailed instructions on how to apply the most common cure out there: apple cider vinegar. I ended up using ACV as my primary treatment for 8 months. I would dip cotton makeup pads or balls into the ACV, put them on the mollescum, cover with a waterproof bandaid, and put adhesive tape over the bandaids so they wouldn't come off. I would generally leave these on for 9-12 hours. I found that this worked decently and got rid of the bumps on the first try over half the time. The biggest issue was that the soaked cotton balls/pads were difficult to keep on in some places, like when I had bumps appear on my foreskin.
A week after self diagnosing I went to the STD clinic so they could confirm; they recommended using nitrogen to freeze the bumps off and I was willing to give it a try. Personally I think this was a mistake. While the nitrogen didn't really hurt, it left scarring that I was self conscious about. Most of the scars disappeared 6 months later, but I still have a few where I had bumps that I also applied ACV on. I think the treatment was effective, but I didn't go back again because of the scarring.
About a month after starting treatments I entered a cycle of getting rid of any new molluscum that I saw, being clear for a week, two weeks, a month, or two months, and then having another outbreak.
The next treatment I tried was Cimetidine. Basically Cimetidine is an outdated heartburn medication, but there were some studies done with it that showed promising effects on eliminating molluscum (I should note that most of these studies were done on children). I got a prescription for the pills and took 800mg 3 times daily for 2 months. It was ineffective.
At the two and a half month mark I tried to replace ACV with a lotion I ordered online called Mollenol. It didn't have too many reviews but they were on a few websites/forums and were generally positive. It worked worse than ACV, but it did work after a few of days of applications. I don't recommend Mollenol though – it stings a lot. This stuff dripped down to my scrotum and foreskin (as a liquid lotion tends to) and I was in searing, blinding agony. The same goes for Mollenol “Sensitive”.
Eight months after my first outbreak I saw a dermatologist who recommended using Veregen ointment. Veregen has the chemical name Sinecatechins 10% and is generally used to treat genital warts. It's a thick paste that's easier to apply and keep on mollescum bumps, and if applied 2-3 times a day the bumps are usually gone in a day or two. This is what I was using for the final four months of being infected, and I had an outbreak of 2-4 bumps once a month.
A year into having the virus I had my final outbreak. I was busy for several days in a row and wasn't able to stay home to apply treatments. On the day that I finally could find time I checked for the bumps before heading to work and they were gone. It was bittersweet after all the effort I applied to getting rid of molluscum, but my body finally recognized the virus and fought it off on its own.
I've held my breath for over two months to make sure it's gone for good, and at this point I think it's safe to say that I'm molluscum free. I know the above story is pretty damn long, but I've tried to put in all the relevant and useful details and stay away from how much of an emotional toll it's taken on me. Truly, I hope this helps someone.
Wish I had taken before, during and after photos because it works!!!
I started applying ACV at pm and covering with band aid but the adhesive bothered my kid so I just cotton swabbed the area at night while she prayed on her bed under a fan to allow for drying. After 2 days I noticed the vesicles were getting dark and not so fluid filled, then after 4-5 days, they were all dark and healing. I kept applying ACV for 2 weeks until they were completely gone!!!!!!! There are red blotches or scars I suppose but no vesicles!
I had molluscum contagiosum on my lower stomach and parts of of my genital areas.
At first, it appeared as three bumps and I did not pay attention to it until it started to spread to over 50 bumps.
My concern started when it started infecting other parts of my body, so I consulted with different doctors on different occasions. None of them knew what it was referred to it as heat bumps. Different creams were then prescribed and all never worked
It was until I started researching about it on the net when I only found out what it was. Then realised that it was expensive and difficult to treat.
It's all thanks to this website that I found the remedy of Apple cider vinegar. I started using it a week ago and already all these bumps have burnt and fallen off.
I placed the vinegar with a piece of wool on each bump and heled it up with some medical tape. The next morning to my surprise and joy some had started turning black and burning. I was consistent on the procedure for five days until they all burnt and fell off.
I also drank ACV to help cure from within as well as vitamin C tablets.
I felt I owed it to this website and its reviews to also give back some info on the great help I received. After suffering from this horrible disease for about 5 months.
Thanks once again and hope this will be of assistance to the other in need.
Apple cider vinegar for molluscum contagiosum infection on knees of a 5 year old
Did not think this would work, but tried it upon recommendation from our pediatrician. It worked! We soaked gauze with the apple cider vinegar and taped it on the affected skin. The child smelled of vinegar but the bumps opened and disappeared within 7 -14 days.
Wow! I wish I had known about ACV as a cure for molluscum. I had a 1 cm growth that my dermatologist cut out TWICE, as it grew back with a vengeance. I read that I could try a dab a day of ACV and the entire thing disappeared in a couple of weeks! No more cuts and digging the root of the virus...not to mention the $388 I paid for the doctor's care! Amazing results.
Molluscum from wetsuit
My 9 year old (now 12) contracted molluscum. From a watersports camp that provided wetsuits.
It started as a little rash on his tummy and spread to 100s of these bumps.
The doctor told us they'd go away themselves.The dermatologist gave is a really expensive cream Aldera which didn't work. We tried tee tree oil and even went to a homeopath. Nothing worked. My son wouldn't and couldn't go swimming and was miserable. I felt I was fighting a losing battle.
In the end after around 9 months of trying - for around 2 weeks I religiously dipped cotton wool in apple cider vinegar mixed with water and covered with sports tape on every single one. Sometimes it stung and was exhausting but they were all gone. They had slowly crusted over went black and fell off. They broke my heart and I feel for any child or parent that has to go through it. I'll never forget the joy on my son when they started falling off.
Stick with it. It's a long road but you will get there if you just do it every night without fail.
Fort Leavenworth, Ks
I noticed small bumps in December last year, as you can imagine, I freaked out as I had no idea what they were. I saw a doctor and he confirmed it was MCV... Unfortunately I had no idea how to treat this, I didn't want to spend too much money on a cure, particularly one that had side effects or was chemically manufactured, furthermore I didn't trust the reviews of some products.
I came across this site in April, for some reason I ignored Apple Cider Vinegar and read the lemon myrtle reviews - I bought a small tube and mixed it with olive oil, then applied it 3x a day to each bump. This caused me severe pain for 20+ minutes on each application, almost unbearable. I saw no progress within a week and decided to go back to the drawing board... That's when I revisited this site and actually paid attention to Apple Cider Vinegar. I ordered a bottle of organic acv and applied it to makeup remover pads, and then taped it down with medical tape. Again, after a week of doing this each night, I saw no results, I was starting to lose my mind.
I decided to read every single review on this site - coming to the conclusion I needed adhesive plasters (band aids) and cotton balls. I was worried, due to the location, that the adhesive might be a bit too much to handle, but I gave it a shot anyway. My method was as follows:
1. Shower, deep cleanse.
2. Pour the Apple Cider Vinegar into the bottle cap.
3. Rip some of the cotton ball, about a pea size.
4. Place into the vinegar filled bottle cap, let it fully soak.
5. Get your plaster (band aid), peel one side off so it's ready to apply.
6. Remove the cotton ball, squeeze the excess but make sure there's still a little left.
7. Put the cotton ball under the band aid and apply to each individual bump, make sure it's fully sealed (or as close as you can) to ensure no air gets in and dries it out.
8. Remove in the morning, shower and apply moisturiser
The first time I did this to one bump, I found it easier to do it overnight as I'm less likely to disturb the plaster. The following morning I woke up to that bump looking in serious trouble (in a good way! ), I think it turned yellowish and flatter. I kept doing this until each bump became black. This means the virus has been killed. Following the bumps turning black, each will begin to 'scab' over. At some points you will feel like the area looks much worse than it did before applying the product, but give it time and your body will heal itself. I remember thinking I hope I'm not stuck like this forever as some of the area looked so terrible, extremely red, scabbed and inflamed - but like I said, my body healed itself, I applied moisturiser and nappy rash cream during the days to help with healing, as you'll notice the areas can become quite painful/sore.
My first bump that I treated is now impossible to trace, and I started treating that about 4 weeks ago. I can only see the smallest trace of the one I last treated, which looked horrible about one week ago, its now fully healed.
My advice is to follow my advice (obviously). ACV is a miracle, if it isn't working, I'd suggest making sure that it's fully sealed (that's why mine didn't work with medical tape), and that you're both applying it long enough and using enough on your cotton balls. Moisturise to help with the healing, and have faith (whichever way you like). Best of luck, you got this!!! :)
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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
* 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!
* 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)
Holly Springs, Nc
Sunrise Beach, Mo
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!