Apple Cider Vinegar for Molluscum Contagiosum

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Apple Cider Vinegar for Molluscum Contagiosum

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 Tish (Somerset, Nj) on 06/19/2020 1 posts
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Seodhna

Hi, I started using ACV on my 3yr old who got MC. How long does it take to see it healing? I'm only 1wk in and applying 2 times a day with cotton swabs and diluting it with water. She is allergic to plasters so just letting the ACV dry in. She scratched one so there has definitely been an increase in them. Really hoping I can curb it soon. Thanks

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Posted by Joe (Canada) on 10/05/2018
3 out of 5 stars

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.

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Posted by Laura (Ny) on 07/08/2018
5 out of 5 stars

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!

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Posted by South Africa ::) (South Africa) on 06/13/2018
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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Posted by Mother (Massachusetts) on 05/24/2018
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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Posted by Beachlady (Ellicott City, Md) on 09/18/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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Posted by Gwen (Ireland) on 09/14/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Christina
(Fort Leavenworth, Ks)
4 out of 5 stars

We found out last December 2016 that my son had contracted M.C. First it was a few bumps and when we thought they were almost gone in Sept 2017, about 100 more showed up. Very frustrating! My son is 4. We just recently moved from the desert of CA and now back to lots of green in Kansas. I kept hearing about ACV as a use to get rid of them. I will say the bandaids were not a hit so now we just run them down with ACV. We on on week 1.5 and they are drying up and going away. And this is with just one application at night. He has to wear long sleeved shirts for Pre-k.

There is one area that I think is the main source, bc it just keeps coming back over and over, no matter what is done. we are going to continue using the ACV for the next few weeks. When he got this last round of bumps, he also had swollen lymph nodes. I requested a full blood panel on my son to see if maybe he was deficient in anything. We find out the results on Wed. Did you notice any main source bumps where your son was concerned? Thank you for your useful information.

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Posted by David (Uk) on 06/15/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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!!! :)

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
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!