Apple Cider Vinegar for Molluscum Contagiosum

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Posted by C (Anonymousville, USA) on 02/17/2010

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?


Replied by Amy
(Southeast, Us)

I had molusscum over six years ago. I thought that they were bumps from shaving the bikini area (all of my bumps were only in the bikini line area, with a few just near the outside folds of the vulva), but after a yearly pap I was told that they were molusscum. The nurse told me that I didnt need to worry about them, that they would go away on their own. However, as I continued to shave, I was getting more. I went to my doctor and he burned them off, weekly as more would show up, for about a month. Then I moved, and I still had some showing up. I looked a little online and read about silver solutions and various silver devices killing it, but the sites (at that time) wanted me to spend nearly a $100 or more on the solution and/or equipment that would get rid of it. So instead, I found some silver bandaids and covered the few remaining ones. Amazingly, they disappeared not long after, I think it was within a few weeks. But its been over six years now and I have not had a reoccurence with them. So I would suggest to others to give silver bandaids a try. I didn't try ACV for it so I cannot give an opinion on it.

Replied by Ecruz
(Miami, Fl)

My 5 year old son has MC and he has been under treatment for aroung 6 months and the bumps were not going no where so I ask one of my friends and she told me to put clear nail polish and it worked they are almost all gone within a week or two.

Replied by Ecruz
(Miami, Fl)

My 5 year old son has MC and he has been under treatment for aroung 6 months and the bumps were not going no where so I ask one of my friends and she told me to put clear nail polish and it worked they are almost all gone within a week or two.

Replied by Any
(Miami, Fl, Usa)

My 3-year-old son has had MC for a few months already; it started with one single MC, but now it is spreading and he has multiple of them. They are still quite small and he doesn't show any sign of discomfort. We took him to the Dermatologist, and they sent him home with Retinol treatment, but the truth is that it hasn't helped at all. The Dermatologist says she will remove them when she sees him next time if the MCs hadn't disappear. I would much rather use a home remedy before putting my son through the pain of freezing the MCs. My pediatrician, at some point recommended to use clear nail polish, but since he had one MC at the time I didn't really pay much attention to it. Seeing the post about the use of clear nail polish to treat MCs, I would like to know how the clear nail polish needs to be applied on the MCs in order for it to be successfull? Any help is appreciated, I am pretty desperate to get him cured without putting him through any pain.

Replied by Daniellesoclopez
(Cornelius, Oregon)
5 out of 5 stars

I just wanted to say thank you I have two young kids one 3 one 4 they are both covered with mc I have gone to the dr and they said wait it out well it has been a year now and they are on there genitals on there face I decided to turn to the internet I saw this web sight by just searching and searching we have burned some off and that has been real trama for my babies but now I see apple cidar vinager so I told my husband what can it hurt I went to dollar store bought cotton balls makeup remover pads bandage raps 20 dollars later then whent to the store and bought the vinager .

i soaked the pads then rapped them up with the ace bandages left on all night and the next day they were white by that night they had started scabing so I did this for three night the boys cried saying it was bugging them but gess what it has been one week alot of hard area I just wiped and now they are mostly all gone maybe 5 left each before they had at least 200 each. no kidding thank you very much you have saved my children it was so bad they got infected they had pus in them they were soar and no more now they look normal thank you thank you god thank you to every one thank you with tears down my face thank you!!!!!!!!!! Good luck to everyone

Replied by Stephanie
(San Antonio, Tx)

I have a 2 and 3 year old and they both have a mild case of MC. I am scared that its going to spread to other kids and mostly I'm scared that the bumps are going to get worst in my own kids. I tried ACV on my daughter and she screamed bloody murder saying that it stung and it stinks. I am at wits end. Any advice on how you got your little ones to allow you to do this treatment would be much appreciated.

Replied by Lilly
(Divide Colorado)

HI there, I've read through pages of all your comments trying to get help. My 4yr old son has a bunch of MC on his stomach back and under his arm pits. I was thinking of trying the ACV but was worried about it stinging or burning him, so I tried the clove oil and he was in agony so had to bath him straight away. Was I meant to dilute it ???. Just feel like it all sounds a but risky ie causing pain or discomfort-but definitely want to use home remedy rather than medication. Just need a bit more advice either on the dilution of the clove oil or more positive results from ACV ??? thank you all so much

Replied by Mama To Many
(Tennessee, Usa)

Dear Lilly,

Clove oil is pretty strong, though I have used it neat (without diluting) in the mouth before. You can try 1 part clove oil and 3 parts oil (extra virgin coconut oil might be good as it is also an anti-viral. Test that on a small area and if it stings, dilute it further.

Same with Apple Cider Vinegar. If you want to try it, start with diluting it 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water. Test a spot and dilute more if it is irritating. You can also try 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water and see how that does, if the weaker dilution is okay, but again, test a small area first.

I have found essential oils and vinegar, when diluted, to work well on skin issues and not to burn. I hope that is the case for you, too.

I hope your little guy is better soon!

~Mama to Many~

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Posted by Bumpy (Columbia, SC) on 05/16/2009
0 out of 5 stars

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?

Replied by Gnomelover
(Houston, Tx)
5 out of 5 stars

Hi Everyone. I just wanted to say two things about my experience with ACV. I've had MC for about 5 months now. It started with one lesion on my thigh that turned into about 10 autoinnoculated spots on my privates. Thanks to my Dr that told me it was a *YEAST* infection on my skin!!!!! This is why I kept shaving. Note: do NOT NOT NOT shave when you have MC. It *will* spread like wildfire! :(

To the poster that asked if the MC got worse before it was better using ACV, I am thinking you might have just had some bumps that hadn't surfaced yet and the ACV made them more visible.

I have been using Heinz diluted to 5% ACV since last night. I soaked a cotton ball in it and then covered the area with one of those huge bandaids and left it on about 12 hours. I woke up this morning. My MC is WHITE with black in the middle!!! Even with the diluted version this is already working. I discovered about 10 bumps on my buttocks last night :( Had no idea that they were there. I am going to be doing this method to them all day today and all night to help them on their way OUT the door.

I have popped my other MC but I gave this a try and this is great. Everyone says it burns but my ACV does not burn (probably due to dilution) and is still seemingly effective.

I am also trying DRINKING this horrible stuff. I mean it's really awful tasting to me but I figure drinking and topically applying will be better than just one or the other.

Bless you all and speedy healing!

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
509 posts

Hello Gnomelover, Question: You stated you are starting with Heinz ACV and diluting it to 5%. What percentage is it to begin with? Most grocery stores carry the most common dilution which is 4.5 or 5% acetic acid. However I did once run upon (and purchased) a 1/2 gallon container of ACV 10% solution. If you have purchased a 10 percent solution and using it without dilution, it would be horrible tasting to get down. If so please dilute it with 1/2 ACV & 1/2 water before measuring your oral dosage to take.

Replied by Dinks
(Sydney, Nsw, Australia)

Molluscum Contagiosum

Hi Bumpy from Columbia to answer your question, Has any one had MC on the face? Yes I do, around my right eye, I originally had two about 1 year ago from the pool for I am a Swimming Teacher and now they have come up again about 3 and hopefully thats it, but there so itchy I really have to restrain myself from scratching.

Replied by J Mom
(Massapequa, Ny)

Bumpy and Dinks - the itching is eczema. I did read somewhere there is something you can put on it to make it stop itching, so I'm sure a derm can tell you.

Also, the ACV dries out your skin and causes the eczema. Different dots. See the derm for a med. In the future, if you put desitin (baby rash lotion/aka zink oxide) around the pock before you put ACV, it will get less irritated.

Replied by Maree
(Gladstone, Qld, Australia)

Hi there. I have just had several MC removed from my right eyelid and above my right eye. The opthamologist cut out the largest and 'burnt' the 'babies' that were spreading into my eyelid!!!

It was costly - $400, and has left me with a long scar!!!I thought I had seen the last of them! but then saw my baby of 11 months has several on his back!!!

OMG! I am now thinking of not waiting for them to dissapear, and will investigate the health shops for some treatment.

Replied by Shaina
(Pahrump, Nv)
4 out of 5 stars

Hi, My daughter and I have been dealing with this for almost a Full year... We went to the doctor many times in Nevada. They gave her Amox. And we still had the bumps. They slowly spread everywhere (torso, arms, legs, tummy, ect. ) over time. We are down to 3 bumps right now. I do not know where she caught it from at all!!

We have been using ACV for the last couple months and what a miracle.. A couple of the bumps were along where her pants rub and boy did they get swollen. I have been soaking her in a hot tub and ACV. And in the tub the bumps popped on their own. I hope it helps someone else :) Keep your fingers crossed.

Replied by Kimw2010
(Ottawa, Ontario)

Hi. My son had mc from age 13 to 18 months, and we were able to successfully get rid of them. We tried waiting them out (really bad idea), Zymaderm (phase II included), and liquid nitrogen and failed previously. Waiting them out only made it worse - they kept spreading, Zymaderm prevented the spreading, but the bumps did not go away, and liquid nitrogen was effective in killing the virus, although you have to take multiple trips to kill newly formed bumps and stay ahead of the newly forming bumps. Do not bother with duck tape. It may prevent the spread, but that is about it.

To successfully get rid of ms, use the following steps as recommended by my dermatologist:
1) Go to your dermatologist or pediatrician and get your child diagnosed with mc.
2) If the doctor says to wait them out, it is time for you to take action. You have to remove the white sac that contains the virus by popping the bump like a pimple. Do this without rupturing the sac and exposing more virus to the skin. This will hurt, and will cause bleeding. Cover with band aid if desired. Wear gloves or wash your hand very thoroughly because the virus may spread to others. Wash area with rubbing alcohol. Wash all clothes, towels, blankets, and bedding.
3) Repeat step 2 with new bumps daily until they are all gone and no new ones form.

MC is a virus like chicken pox. Your child will eventually be able to fight it off by making antibodies. I also looked online to find remedies and am now responding to forums with what I found actually works. Hope this helps.

Replied by Seattlegal
(Mcallen, Tx)
5 out of 5 stars

We tried the Apple Cider Vinegar for my 4 year old. She has been dealing with MC for at least a year. Her older brother had it first and his went away with in 6 months. Hers however would get infected. And a few weeks ago when I noticed they had started spreading "down below" I decided I needed to try to get rid of them. I used those small circle band aids and applied the Apple Cider Vinegar right to the pad on them then applied the band aids to her spots. All it took was 3 applications overnight and removing the band aids during the day. The majority of her 30+ MC had died. I gave her a few days of a break and then we tackled the remaining 6 or so spots over two more nights. It is amazing... For the first time in a VERY long time she is spot free!!!! It has only been a week since then so I can't tell you if this is a cure. But even if it isn't and some spots come back, I now have a way to treat them before they spread. One tip I would give is to give Tylenol over it as well if your child complains that the treated spots are itchy or burn a little. Just one dose of Tylenol did the trick and my kiddo had no problems sleeping. I'm so happy I found this website!!!

Replied by Judite
(Camb, On)

Our 4 yr old has MC on his eye lid and under his eyes in clusters can you put ACV that close to his eyes? they are right up close to lower eye lids? Would dabbing ACV all day and just leaving it without a cover work? He has had this since Feb 2012 and doctor wont do anything because too close to eyes and doesnt want to take the risk.

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Posted by Erica R (Miami, Florida) on 09/25/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Lisa
(Gaithersburg, Md)
5 out of 5 stars

After noticing some small bumps on my 6 year daughter's left side, I took her to the doctor. Like most of feedback on this site, her pediatrician told us what it was, and that the only thing we could do was to let it run it's course.

Well after about 2 months, it only got worse... Her skin was red and raw (probably from scratching) and several more bumps appeared. After doing some research, I came across the thread on this site, and decided to give ACV a try.... Well it worked... Each night for about a week I cut up a cotton ball into 4 small pieces, and put some ACV on each piece. I used waterproof bandages to secure them in place, and let her sleep with them on. Then in the morning, I would remove the bandages... Over time, the bumps turned white, then black, then scabby, then one by one all the scabs fell off. Her skin is still healing from the ACV and bumps, and I'm using Neosporin and Vitamin E oil in the morning and evenings to help her skin heal, however she's certainly on the road to recovery.

Replied by Cloveoil
(Orlando, Fl)

Clove oil worked in a couple days and doesn't hurt or damage the skin. Did the ACV and it worked okay, but just hurt my 2 yr old too much. Tried zymaderm, didn't work. Tried clove oil applied directly too spots (my bottle was over 8 yrs old so I applied direct, but probably dilute with carrior oil if new(some say their oil is strong enough undiluted to blister. So be careful, don't get it too strong). It should only be a mild tingle if anything when applied. First the spot gets a little raised and inflamed around it. Then the horrible little spots get a dark spot in the center within a couple days of 2 applications per day and fall out. Killed them dead. Finally something that works, if I had only known at the beginning, he would have only had 15 spots to treat not 50. Clove oil, who knew.

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Posted by Theresa Corzatt (Lacrosse, Kansas) on 08/08/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Acnosweat
(Boca Raton, Florida)

I used this straight on my granddaughter and it hurt.. so i put her in the bathtub with it and in 3 weeks it was gone thank you so much...

Replied by Judovich
(Rices Landing, Pa, Us)

My daughter is 2 years old and has Molluscum on her right side and now starting on her leg. We are on our third type of treatment, which involes an oral medication and a gel. I, too, have started vinegar and salt baths daily. I can see a difference in her one large Moloscum, but the smaller ones seem to be a little more stubborn. Did you notice if they took longer to go away?

Replied by Deborah
(Boca Raton, Florida)

My Granddaughter has gotten Molluscum again at age 12. Doing Apple Cider Vinegar baths again, as I got rid of them with Apple Cider Vinegar at age 9. As I promised her I would have them gone before she moved to Texas, and with Apple Cider Vinegar Baths we did it to… Putting Apple Cider Vinegar in a bath will not sting but make sure you use a enough Apple Cider Vinegar or it will take to long to draw out. So hoping Mom and Dad can get them gone in 2 weeks as I wish I was there to help.. love her so much…love Mimi

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Posted by May (Iowa City, Iowa) on 06/18/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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!

EC: Thank you for your feedback! A new page has been created for this condition...

Replied by It Happened To Me Too:(
(Orlando, Fl/u.s.)
5 out of 5 stars

First, Thank you for this website..I use it for everything, since I don't believe in medication anymore. Anyway, My boyfriend and I both got Molluscum and we both applied apple cider vingear straight to a baby wipe and left it on the affected area all day and night..stung alot at first but it was gone within 4days..his hasn't returned, while my molluscum just fell off last night.

Replied by Sleepless W/ Mc
(Cincinnati, Oh)

I was diagnosed with MC about 2 months ago, but noticed the first pimple around my genitals back in February. I never knew what it was and just kept popping them and then a new one would form every week. Sometimes a few at a time! Anyway, once I found out what it was I immediately started my research and trying different things (during this time I never shaved/trimmed because I was afraid it will come back). After a steady month and a half of treating it I shaved and noticed a few stragglers. This was a week ago roughly. I was under the impression it takes 3-6 months for this to heal on its own and how long did you leave the baby wipe with the ACV on it? I want to try it because I only have like 3 little pimples left.

Replied by Chris
(Raleigh, Nc)

Im a 23 year old sexually active male. I noticed 2 bumps on my penis 1 week ago and immediately thought it was warts (HPV). I went to see a doctor at a planned parenthood and she told me it was not warts, definitely not herpes, but looked characteristic of Molluscum with the dimple in the center, however I left undiagnosed and she recommened me see a dermatologist. SO I essentially paid the doc to give me a new disease to google. I decided to forgo the dermatologist due to the wait periods before appointments and because I have read that their treatments are mostly ineffective or take too long to work.

After finding Earth Clinic, I have a newfound hope that I can rid myself of these molluscum. By the way this site is EXCELLENT!!!

I found an article on the web from a dermatology journal (there is a good amount of jargon in the article, so it may be difficult to comprehend for those unversed in medical or biological terms. I myself am a college graduate and have grown accustomed to reading scientific articles, so it was a good informative read for me.)

I learned that the virus only exists inside of the papules (bumps), it is thought that this is how MCV evades detection from the immune system. As I began to learn more about the disease, I felt more empowered... Knowledge truly is power! You'll notice in the article that it lists several treatment options, with evisceration of the lesions being the most effective method. The article also gives details on effectiveness of other treatments.

...Back to my story, so a day or 2 after seeing the doctor, I noticed 2 more bumps on my penis. The bumps are scattered with two on the top side of my penis and 2 more on the underside. I decided to start ACV treatment since I havent been officially diagnosed with MCV and since there are only 4 at the moment, which is easily manageable. I used small pea sized pieces of cotton, soaked in ACV, and taped them to the lesions with band aids. I only do this overnight as I sleep, and after two days, 3 of the 4 have turned dark grey and look a bit scabbed. The 1 bump that has resisted the treatment is very small compared to the others and may not even be MCV at all.

Now, I work fulltime, outside and sweat alot, so I was next concerned with auto-innoculation or spreading of the virus. I read somewhere (possibly on EC) that you can cover the bumps with fingernail polish to help prevent spread. I use fast drying clear fingernail polish and dab it on the bumps with a Q-tip, being sure to use a new swab for each bump, and never dip a swab in the polish after touching the bump.

My routine is as follows for ACV treatment:

1) clean the area with soap/water

2) wipe areas with rubbing alcohol, then peroxide, then alcohol again, then iodine.

3) Next I take the small cotton ball soaked in ACV and tape it down directly over the bumps. Then I wrap my penis with bandaids (2 or 3) to secure the taped cotton balls.

4) go to sleep

5) wake up, remove bandages and note progress

6) clean areas with alcohol, then peroxide, then alcohol, then iodine.

7) now Im ready to cover the bumps since I have to go to work and want to prevent spread. I dab the nail polish directly on the bumps and let dry (I like to give it at least 2 coats). This may sting a bit, even more than the ACV, but to me its worth a few seconds of pain, after the polish dries you cant tell its there.

8) When I get home from work, I wipe the areas with nail polish remover, then take a swower. I use paper towels to dry off my genitals and dry the rest of my body with a towel.

*Helpful hint, try to avoid getting any of the chemicals in the urethra, because it will burn!

I have my fingers crossed that I dont have any new bumps come up, but like I said it has been a week since I noticed them. I will not resume sexual activity until I have gone at least a month without bumps.

I am also taking vitamin C to help boost the immune system. This will be helpful in the case that I have to pop the bumps myself. The article that I referenced says that after popping the bumps and draining them, a massive immuno response occurs due to the injury from popping the bump (this is good), which will then kill any remaining virus partices in the lesion. This makes sense because the virus is sitting, undetected in the bump, but as soon as you puncture the skin, your body will react and the immune system will "investigate" whats going on at the injury site, and the immune system will then be able to find the virus that was previosly undetected and destroy it!

I will have to provide an update sometime soon, but I am currently remaining positive in thought and suggest that you do the same as well. Stressing the disease will not make it go away, so why stress it? Learn as much as you can on the subject and it will feel less devastating as you realize that this is just a puny little coward virus that our bodies are well equipped to destroy!

Replied by Hatethisvirus
(Lala, California)

This is seriously the most horrrendous thing I've dealt with. I cry literally every day because of this. I feel gross and less confident as I have it on my genital area. It sucks. I was prescribed imiquimod which is like aladara and it worked. But I had a few more bumps so I went to the doc to have her scrape them off. She did. The a few days later I saw more pop up. This virus is terrible. I still have been using imiquimod. I tried ACV a couple nights ago and it seemed to have made some smaller. So I'm going to continue this tonight. I really hope this is the answer for me. I can't deal with this anymore. I've literally thought about just offing myself. But, hopefully this ACV will work. I hate having to deal with this.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Hatethisvirus, have you looked up the remedies for this here on EC?

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, SC)

Try colloidal silver - topically.

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