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!
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.
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 :)
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!
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.
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.