Apple Cider Vinegar for Molluscum Contagiosum

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Posted by Marc (Raleigh, Nc) on 09/03/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I was so frustrated after my 4 year old got molluskum on his arms, chest and legs. Dermatologist had nothing to offer except a bill. After trying several creams ordered online and even salycilic acid wart remover which was painful and didnt work I discovered ACV. I used it full strength and just rubbed each spot with a soaked qtip a couple time a day. It's been about a month and they are almost completely gone. Wonderful painless and cheap.

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Posted by Vix (Napier, New Zealand) on 08/03/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I was very pleased to come across this information. When my eldest was about 4 she suffered this condition and I waited as the Doctor suggested, for it to go away on its own. Well it spread considerably from her legs and on up her tummy and was quite unsightly, causing distress even for a 4 year old. It took about 9 months to disappear. That was years ago, but when I noticed some spots on my son's legs a month or so ago I had a look for some alternative solutions to waiting.

The ACV treatment worked after just 4 treatments. I washed the area carefully, wearing gloves as it is contagious. Then I surrounded each spot with zinc oxide to protect the surrounding skin, soaked a small cotton ball (the size of my little finger nail) in ACV diluted to 50% with water, squeezed it out then placed it over the spot, then covered the affected area with a band-aid and left it over night. In the morning we removed the band-aids and allowed the skin to be uncovered for the day and then repeated the treatment again the next night. The bumps were noticeably reducing after 2 treatments, and on the 3rd day had developed a little black spot in the middle. I didn't try to squeeze them or anything, just repeated the treatment, and then by the look of the spots which were pretty much gone, stopped the treatment, and now there is no sign of any spots. I would happily recommend this procedure to anyone, but caution you that the ACV is acidic, so the zinc oxide to protect the unaffected skin is useful, as is the dilution of 1:2 so it is not too strong.

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Posted by Kenzie (Salina, Kansas, USA) on 06/24/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I would just like to post the progress I have made with my 6 year old to cure her MC with ACV. She has had them for over 10 months. The dermatologist said they would go away on their own, but could spread since she has eczema. I am a nurse and appreciate alternative or homeopathic medicine. The dermatologist told me that they could burn each one of the MC off, but it will hurt and they might come back. After hours of research, I decided to try the ACV suggesstions. I just wanted to post what I did. It took over a month, but all of the MC are gone!

1. Apply Zinc Oxide to all skin surrounding the MC to protect it from the ACV. ACV will burn and dry skin out, so keep it off healthy skin as much as possible.

2. Soak cotton ball with ACV. Cut small pieces to cover the MC. Apply soft roll gauze, then coban over the whole affected area, and leave it on over night. Take it off in the morning and shower. Be sure to use a new towel with each shower and do not rub the MC, just pat dry or air dry. I did this for 2 nights. The MC appeared to be wet and white. Some of them turned black also. I let the skin air out when no treatment was on the skin.

3. After all of the original MC were dead, there was an outbreak of all of the ones that must have been dormant. I treated them by dabbing a ACV soaked Q-tip on each one, 3 times a day, until they turned white or scabbed. I also added a cup of the ACV to the bath water once a week throughout this whole process.

4. I used Triamcinolone cream to the reddened areas of healthy skin that was damaged by the ACV.

5. After all the MC were obviously dead and dry, I began to put Vit E oil directly to the areas to help the healing process. These MC can leave awful purple scars. I did this twice a day for a week.

6. The skin was extremely dry after the treatment and my daughter wanted to scratch all of the time. After I knew the MC were all gone, I began to put Eucerin cream to the dry skin twice daily.

7. All of her MC are gone and the skin is nearly healed. I bathe her in Aveeno oatmeal bath once a week and keep the area moisturized.

This may not work for everyone, but it did for me. It took a little over a month, but I cannot see one MC anywhere. She has some scars, but I think they will fade. My advice about this treatment: be patient, do not pick them as I saw them spread when my daughter scratched, do not get ACV into open areas or on good skin, expect more to appear after the start of treatment, and be persistent.

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Posted by Lookingforacure (Atlanta, Ga) on 06/14/2012

My 6 year old daughter has had this for a few months on her left side. At first I thought it was skin tags but I quickly changed my mind when the tags were spreading into different locations. Like any good mother I turned to Dr. Google and discovered that she has MC. I have not taken her to the doctor but have started treating her with ACV for the last 2 days. She has about 30 bumps - most of them on her upper thigh, a few on her torso and just a couple on her inner arm. I apply 2-3 cotton pieces at nite and so far it looks very promising. I also give her a bath in a cup of ACV for about 30 min. She doesn't seem to mind. I also keep the bumps that are red and look like they are red and raised covered with a baindaid that has been treated with antibiotic cream. This seems to work well and usually within 12 hours the bump has opened up and the bump looks MUCH better already. We have had a couple of very infected bumps and this is why I'm doing this - mainly to prevent this from happening - and to prevent other bumps from forming. She is tolerating it well but doesn't like to take the bandaids off in the morning. I'm hoping we don't have to do this for a very long time because the adhesive of the bandaids is very irritating. The spots we have treated so far have all turned black though. It's not a pretty sight with all the redness, bumps and black spots. however - I'm hopefull we'll be seeing the end of this soon.

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

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

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

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

#2 make sure the area drys completely before dressing

#3 don't poke or pop them!

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

#5 pray over those suckers!

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Posted by Falcon (Houston, Tx) on 05/24/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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

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

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Posted by Beth (Atlanta, Ga) on 05/14/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Replied by Jennifer
(New York)

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted by Carina (Cochranville, Pennsylvania) on 04/02/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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

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

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Posted by Dale (Springfield, Va) on 02/12/2012
5 out of 5 stars

How now been using ACV for a week. It works GREAT. I usually see results after keeping it all night. The bumps will either

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

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

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

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

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Posted by Jill (Broome, Australia) on 01/26/2012
5 out of 5 stars

My 7 year old was diagnosed about 12 months with MC by our local doctor. Yep the same story as most of you, he said leave them alone they will go away within a few months, not very contagious. The couple that started on her arm have now turned into about 100 all over her arms, top of her legs and on her tummy. So happy I found this website and started on the ACV. Been applying it for about a week now, they haven't disappeared but are going red and some have a scab on them so we are hopeful that before school starts they may be On the way out. I dab on the ACV with a cotton wool ball then wrap her arms, legs and tummy with cling wrap then tape it with medical tape. This is more practical than band aides as she has so many. I do this at night and leave the cling wrap on for about and hour or so, any longer and it gets to hot and sweaty for her as currently wet season here very hot, humid and wet perfect conditions for MC and is quite common here with the kids. Once again thanks for all the great info and tips on this site!

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Posted by Grateful Father (Melbourne, Australia) on 01/08/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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

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Posted by Happy Girl (New Brunswick, Nj) on 11/19/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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

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Posted by Mysonhasmc (Sacramento, Ca/usa) on 10/24/2011
5 out of 5 stars

My son was diagnosed with MC last week and the doctor told me to just leave it alone. I'm glad I igored that advice and found this thread. I have been using ACV for the last few days on the clusters and they are scabbing up and shrinking! My son has been thanking me every night because he knows it is helping and just wants them to go away. I feel so bad for him but this stuff does really work and he is also taking the lil critter vitamins.

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