After a very emotional battle with molluscum contagiosum, and then a lot of Internet research, and rentless treatment w/ Aldara, I decided to give organic apple cider vinegar a try. I have been drinking it daily with water. On Wednesday night, I soaked cotton balls in it and taped them to new molluscum spots (they were so tiny that I was not even sure it was still molluscum). Within 2 days, they scabbed up ("over"). I have little scabs in my genital area where the molluscum was. The scabs remind me of what happened after I scraped a knee or an elbow as a kid.
It is now Saturday, so the scabs are fresh.
What happens to these scabs? Do they disappear? Fall off? I'm refraning from picking at them. Will anything like Vaseline or Neosporin help them recover sooner?
Waretown, New Jersey, Usa
Los Angeles, Ca
Waretown, New Jersey, Usa
Waretown, Nj Usa
Waretown, New Jersey Usa
Waretown, Nj Usa
Waretown, Nj/ Usa
I'm 40, and contracted MC about 2 months ago from my gf. The infection was in the pubic region. Being rather aware of things, after about a month I realized that the bumps were not just pimples, but something else. I did a lot of online research and came across Zymaderm as a possible treatment. I tried Zymaderm for about 4 weeks (twice a day) and unfortunately, no real progress was made using this treatment. In fact, I think it might have spread worse. I do think zymaderm worked better on the smaller "new" MC bumps. But the larger older "clusters" were not going away. After a few weeks the more infected area would itch pretty bad, but I resisted in scratching, knowing this would only spread the infection.
So in frustration I went back online to check for other home remedies and found Apple Cider Vinegar and in particular this page. I do remember ACV working for me about 3 years ago on a wart I had on my thumb that persisted for 8 months. The ACV killed it in about 4 days after all other treatments failed. Since MC is basically a variation of warts, I thought this might be a plausible treatment. Boy was I right!
I acquired some waterproof bandages from Walgreens that were large enough to cover the worst part of the infection (about 90% of the 30- 35 bumps that I had). I also purchased some cotton pads and cut them to fit into the bandage - so it could hold more ACV. I poured ACV into the bandages and then affixed them to my problem area. I reinforced it with some cloth medical tape. It was approximately noon in the day when I started treatment using ACV. The ACV did sting a bit, but was tolerable. I left it like this till I got home later that day and removed the bandages about 7 hours later. To my surprise the bumps had started turning black!!! Most that were under the bandage were already dead. I decided to prepare another new fresh bandage and applied it for the rest of the night and while I slept. I must say the stinging of the ACV was a bit intense at this point, as the good skin was getting red (like a sunburn). I took some advil and went to bed.
By morning the bumps had all turned black with a white part around it. I think the MC core (the white part that is the actual virus) had turned black and died. The good skin was red and irritated from the ACV like a sunburn really. NO big deal.
I plan to get the rest of them tonight. From what I read when they turn black, they are destroyed. I'm glad this is finally over with.
i have been dealing with molluscum for 8months now. This has been such a nightmare. I am 20 years old and it all started with one growing on my inner thigh. It gradually started to spread around my lady bits area. Some even appeared on my neck(dnt knw how). I was getting extremely frustrated with waiting for me to see the dermatologist to remove them, so I found this website and it helped me sooo much. It worked beautifully for me. I bought the apple cider vinegar with makeup pads remover & some tape (good tape). I would soak the pads & place it over the MC in the morning, remove and did the same at night. They soon began to dry up and some got white and the big ones got black. Now they are healing & I havnt spotted any new ones. I have been praying for this to end, its ruining my social life. For others with molluscum try this & pray & have patience.. It'l work out
Waretown, New Jersey
Do you use organic or regular apple cider vinegar to cure molluscum? I am confused. I see both cited by people. Please advise!
Tumbleweed City , Nm
St. Louis, Mo - Missouri
Tumbleweed City , Nm
St. Louis, Missouri
Toronto, Ont, Canada
I was diagnosed with molluscum about a month ago, and now I am almost entirely clear. I went to the health clinic on my college campus, and they froze off the visible one with liquid nitrogen. However, the bumps were still present and just made my skin red. I started investigating and I first tried Zymaderm. It wasn't working as fast as I wanted it to, so I did more research and came across apple cider vinegar, which was a huge blessing! I went to Whole Foods and purchased _____'s Apple Cider Vinegar (Whole Foods' brand works as well). I had two clusters of these bumps between my thighs, very close to my panty line. I took circular cotton makeup pads and poured ACV on them, placing them over the bumps on each side. I then used big bandaids to cover them, but duct tape will also work. As for the individual ones that spread up both sides of my butt cheeks, I took cotton balls and broke them off into smaller balls, dipped them in the apple cider vinegar (which I poured into the cap) and took either duct tape or waterproof tape to cover the bumps. Within 24 hours, the bumps either turned white or scab. I went to the doctor and he told me what I was doing was working and said that they were most likely no longer contagious when they were scabbed, which makes sense because chicken pox are no longer contagious when they are scabbed over and molluscum is part of the same family of virus. I'm keeping an eye on the area but ACV and prayer really works, so please give it a try. Good luck!
Omaha, Nebraska, Usa
Hands down yes this works if you do it correctly. I used podofilox which is a topical solution given to me by a doctor and it only managed to clear one but it left it very large and scabbed. ALl the other ones that I used apple cider vinegar on went away, peacefully. First you must take a pin or needle and sterilize it with a flame then once its cool pick at the little buggers until they are open and remove the white hard part if you can. Then (this may burn) wipe the buggers with ACV. If you wet some cotton balls with Acv and bandaid them to the effected area over night this helps too although can be a little uncomfortable. Also it is possible to burn yourself with the acid overnight if it sits on sensitive skin so make sure it is taped down securely. Do this for maybe three days it will look more red but then dont wipe them for a couple days and make sure you rinse off the Apple Cider Vinegar every morning. Once they are not irritated Then just wipe them everyday once and they should clear and go down relatively fast. I treated my infection in about a week and a half with this stuff. ITS A MIRACLE!
Melbourne , Australia
Montgomery, Tx, Usa
Montgomery, Tx, Usa
Surrey, Bc Canada
Swansboro, Nc, Us
Houston, Tx, Usa
Little Rock, Ar
My 4 year old daughter has been suffering from MC for around 2 months now at first they didn't bother her but they have started to spread they first appeared on her lower abdomen and now her torso is covered and I have noticed some appearing on the pelvic area. Every time she gets hot she complains they itch. Doctors have told me they cannot do anything for them and they will clear up in 6 months or so! I have since discovered they can take upto 5 years to go! So thank you everyone who has posted on here with their stories. 2 days ago I started the apple cider vinegar putting some on cotton wool and then taping over the mc and omg what a result the following morning just as I read the mc's had turned black and scabby. She has soo many of them and also suffers from ezcema so the ACV doesn't help that. But I'm doing a few spots each night now hopefully they will all clear soon. Thankyou everyone for the advise on this site. I AM TEMPTED TO TRY THE CLEAR NAIL VARNISH ON A COUPLE JUST SIMPLY BECAUSE ITS LESS HASSLE THAN THE TAPING OF COTTON WOOL AND THE SMELL OF VINEGAR. I WILL UPDATE ON HERE.
All 3 of my young children contracted molluscum contagiosum between the ages of 2 and 6 (at different times) - presumably at the swimming pool. The youngest child got it the worst and having been told by our gp that it was harmless and would go in due course (all very well but it was irritating her and spreading quite fast from her arms to her body) I read about apple cider vinegar on the net. What I did was prick a few of the wart like things with a sterile needle, remove the white gunk, clean the site and then apply the (double strength - neat) vinegar on a cotton wool pad for about 10 seconds each place, and then put a plaster (band-aid)on it. It did sting but didn't last long or upset them too much. In all 3 cases the little warts went away - not just the few I treated but all of them - within a few weeks. I probably did 2 treatments with the vinegar per child about 1 week apart. I am so thankful that I did treat it myself rather than let it run it's course over many months or years, which can happen.
I got molluscum around my vagina and didn't know it so my boyfriend and I continued to have sex. One day we realized there was a lot on both of us. So we went to the doctor and they zapped us with liquid nitrogen. I went home and it spread. The zapped ones didn't look very different, so I went online and found out about apple cider vinegar. We got Heinz 5% and left it on overnight with cotton. The small ones look about the same, some spread, and the big ones turned really dark. The skin around the entire area has been really red and itchy. The ones on my boyfriend's shaft turned into huge black patches and it irritated areas around it. Is all of this normal? And since a lot of them don't seem to be going away, should we keep using ACV or should we try something else, like tea tree oil?
Miami, Fl, Usa
San Antonio, Tx
Did anyone's molluscum get worse before it got better when you used apple cider vinegar? I've noticed that I've broken out with LOTS of bumps, especially on my arms. Just curious. Also, did anyone have it on their face?
Sydney, Nsw, Australia
Gladstone, Qld, Australia
Apple Cider Vinegar cured my Molluscum Contagiosum. I'm not sure where I got the virus, but I did. It started off as one pimple-like thing on my leg, and began spreading. I went to the doctor. She told me I had Molluscum Contagiosum, so I immediately began researching natural cures for it. Rather than going to a dermatologist who would possibly burn them and leave scars, I instead bought a $4 bottle of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. I would tape small cotton balls to the infected area. The pimple-like things turn black and eventually fall out. It's unbelievable, and really works!
My 7 year old grand son contracted molluscum at the swimming pool. It covered his back and was spreading fast. I researched cures and found that Doctors in other countries use apple cider vinegar to cure this ailment along with vitamin E. We wore gloves and saturated cotton balls with apple cider vinegar. We taped pieces of the saturated cotton balls on each wart. We put this on every night at bed time and also gave him vitamin E twice daily. This took two weeks. The warts blister and the core comes to the surface. We removed the core and continued the treatment. He is completely healed and has no scars. The vinegar does sting a little bit at first. Thank God for apple cider vinegar.
Boca Raton, Florida
Rices Landing, Pa, Us
Boca Raton, Florida
Hi there! A while ago I was diagnosed with Molluscum Contagiosum, an itchy fungus sort of thing that showed up around my vagina. It's not considered an STD but I no doubt contracted it from God-knows-who during a one night stand. So anyway, I couldn't stop itching it and the stuff was spreading like mad. My gyno reccomended that I have it burned off with acid. Ouch! No thanks! So, having heard of the healing properties of ACV, I gave it a shot. I applied a little bit to the affected area twice a day with a q-tip. In 2 weeks it was completely gone! Just dried right up. Totally easy and painless. It has now been over 6 months and it hasn't come back. Thank God for ACV!
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