My son had molluscum and they just weren't going away. We tried Aldara cream for 3 months like the doctor said, still with no results. It went on for a year but I finally found something that worked. Heres what I did:
Take a needle (I used a medical grade syringe needle since its tiny and sharp) and just pierce the bump well. Then alcohol the area well and wash your hands. Next, put aldara cream on the bump evry night for a week. Keep it covered lightly because you want it to get air to dry out, but it is also contagious when the bumps are open. They will get really red and angry looking for a week, start to scab and when the scab falls off they are gone. I think this works because the problem with Molluscum is the body doesn't recognize the virus on your skin so it doesn't try to fight it. Puncturing the bumps and adding Aldara make the body recognize it as foreign and it begins to fight it off. Time will tell but I hope the virus will be completely gone for good. Please pass this along to help others!
Found blog about ocean water helping, tried soaking in 1/4 c sea salt in warm tub soak 15 min twice a day gone in 7 days and never came back! Doctor was very pleased. Had two other friends use worked like a charm. Please try!!!
I am writing to try to prevent any unnecessary suffering I can by sharing what worked for me to get rid of the god-awful molluscum that has been plaguing me—in A WEEK.
The short answer is this: bathing in Dead Sea Salts/Epsom salts each night (2 cups of salt, soak for at least 30 minutes) and then slathering my body in coconut oil infused with clove oil. I've been suffering from molluscum for 7 months—and spending hours each day for the past 3 months applying bandages soaked in ACV—and the bathing/coconut oil has ridded me of dozens of spots within four days!! So PLEASE try it—it won't hurt or sting like ACV, it won't scar (it's in fact really GOOD for your skin), the coconut oil soothes itching, and your suffering will finally be OVER.
I read about the sea salts and coconut oil on: http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/06/27/treating-molluscum/.
(Note: I only used tepid—not hot-- water to bathe in because I was terrified it would spread the virus. I bathed my leg in tepid water for a week to make sure it wouldn't spread before soaking my whole body in the tub. I was also scared that the coconut oil would spread the infection. Neither, thank God, did. I CAN'T SPEAK TO WHETHER BATHING IN HOT WATER WOULD SPREAD IT, THOUGH).
Coconut oil has lauric acid in it which is anti-viral. One study showed it was effective: https://www.vmvhypoallergenics.com/skintelligencenter/published-studies/42-published-studies/76-coconut-oil-extract-2-monolaurin-cream-in-the-treatment-of-molluscum-contagiosum
I bought Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and added 10 drops of clove oil for each tablespoon of coconut oil (had to warm it in the microwave to make it spreadable). You can dab the clove oil directly on spots and they will often scab in a few hours (thought the spots will sting). I also added 10 drops of something called “Thieves Oil” which has clove oil, cinnamon oil, lemon oil, and eucalyptus; this smelled great and the cinnamon oil seemed to improve the circulation.
Meanwhile, internally, take Tagamet (Cimetidine), which will enhance T-Lymphocytic activity. I took 400mg 3 times a day!! It definitely didn't make my spots disappear, but it did keep them from reaching mature size. By the time I found the sea salt and coconut oil/clove oil treatment, I had dozens of small spots. (My derm froze the first set of spots—which were twice as big as pimples—and left scars. I don't know why, but after she treated them, I found new spots popping up all over my body. But the Cimetidine seemed to keep them small; few ever developed a visible white core. I think the sea salt and coconut oil /clove oil worked so quickly because the Cimetidine kept the spots so small.)
Also, Colostrum (or Lactoferrin) will enhance your immune system. I also took 10,000 IU Vitamin D, Zinc, Vitamin C, Oregano Oil (which has anti-viral activity) and Holy Basil; who knows whether they did anything.
I have heard that there are four different strains of molluscum and that they look different and likely respond to different treatments. My mature molluscum (the first round) looked like really large pimples, not dimpled warts. This sea salt bath and coconut oil/clove oil moisturizing treatment worked wonders for these spots—and SO FAST!! I hope you try it because I want to spare you the months of misery I went through before I discovered this.
Well about a year ago I noticed a few bumps on my 7 year old, I went to his dr and was told that it was eczema and was given meds that have not worked at all. The MC spread to his back buttocks knees and arms and now my 4 year old has a few on him. I finally went to a derm. And was told that it was MC and he told me to use scotch tape and tap the bumps 20-30 times each a couple times a day. So for about 2 weeks I have been doing that and I have noticed a change they are starting to go away. It is a pain in the butt to do but so far is drying them out. A couple days ago I started ACV as well so hopefully that will start working. I also read that if the virus is on arms or any exposed areas and the kids have to go to school or whatever to put clear nailpoish over the bumps so the virus can't spread.
I wanted share my MC story because I used this website so much when I was diagnosed. So here goes...
Late January I noticed a small bump on my labia, I figure it was just shaving irritation and nothing to worry about as it didn't bother me at all. After 2 weeks of it being there and me noticing another one pop up close to it I told my boyfriend my concerns and showed him. He said it looks harmless and barely noticeable. I started to google random STDs- nothing looked like it. So I made an app to see my Gyno in early February. My gyno first said it was shaving irritation and with further examination said it was MC and showed me a few photos. The photos looked like 2 bumps I had on my belly for a few months, I showed her those and she confirmed those were also MC and if that is where they started then I likely spread them to my vagina via shaving or scratching. My fb had no signs of MC and this did not effect our sex life- he was no scared of getting it. Although I was scared to give it to him. We are unsure of where the MC came from. I go to the gym an spa and hot yoga so any of those could be possible. My gyno said we could freeze them. I made and appt to do so and went home to do my own research. That night I started Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) on the 2 mature ones on my belly- bandaid and cotton soaked in ACV, after 3 nights they turned black and fell off.so I canceled the freezing after self treating and learning freezing is not always effective and scars.
This was good but I couldn't do this on my sensitive vagina. So I started dabbing ACV down below. This lead to chemical burns and extreme itching along with the MC not getting better and spreading. plus is smelled terrible. I switched to Tea Tree Oil (TTO) morning and night. Wiped it on with a make up pad. I cleaned up my diet, worked out, ate a ton of fruits and veggies, lots of water, not using a wash cloth on my vagina just TTO shampoo and my hands to wash. Not shaving and not using a towel to dry off. I did this religiously from the end of February to the beginning of May (now) MC free... Finally.
The last month I have watched my MC spread and look so bad I never thought it was going to go away to disappearing before my eyes. I have a very strong immune system and I was so ready for my body to beat it, and it finally has! Some MC started to really come to a head after my showers and I used toilet paper to take those head off. I was using TTO harshly against my skin and that seemed to help make the MC mad and they started to die...turned flaky white and scabby and eventually just go away. It took a good month of this process but I can tell you it will go away. Just hang on and try not to stress.
MC is the biggest mind game... It steals your joy. I don't know if this has any merit but I stared eating mushrooms heavily during the clearing and I think they helped in healing me.
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I contracted Molluscum Contagiosum from wearing a rented wet suit. My diagnosis was done by my ob-gyn (biopsy) as the MC was on my very upper groins.
As I refuse to live with that for "at least 6 months", I researched for remedies, and stumbled upon this site and decided to give tea tree oil a try.
I started off with about 10 MC blisters on my left upper thigh and 5 on my right upper thigh. Here's how I was able to clear my MC in less than two weeks, and I hope it can help you as well:
- Apply 100% pure tea tree oil on MC blisters 4-5 times a day. I practically carried TTO with me and applied through out the day (Everyone's body reacts to essential oils differently. My intention was to kill / burn it from day 1. You should be careful and test how your body responds to tea tree oil.)
- I got on a juice cleanse for 7 days to boost my immune system
- Reminded myself that I needed to be in a constant happy and stress-free mode
- Day 3-4: MC started to look smaller
- Day 7, I finished the first bottle of .5 oz TTO and bough a 1 oz bottle, MC appeared to be flat, with just a couple more large blisters right around the biopsy area
- Day 10, MC's pretty much gone - flat with just darkened scalpy surface
- Day 10 - 15, continue improvement, but I am still applying TTO to the affected area about 2-3 times a day.
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My 5 year boy old was diagnosed with Molluscum Contagiosum four days ago and I started treating it with straight Tea Tree oil right away. I apply it every time he goes to the bathroom, about 3 or 4 times a day. His MC began as a patch of raised bumps in the crease of his thigh/groin. Since it is my first experience with this stressful affliction, and his MC is in patch not seperate lesions, I would really be grateful if someone would tell me what new lesions look like so I can watch out for other lesions on my son (or on my other 4 children). So far his patch is looking redder and some of the white cores have come out, so I think we're on the right track. I keep checking him everywhere for new flair ups, but I am not sure what to look for. Hopefully this works and I can keep the rest of my family free of MC.
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Molluscum Contagiosum: Tea tree oil worked 100% for me. it was like Godsend for me.
MC were in dozens on my face and some on chest and back. I got tea tree oil (diluted) from a store and applied directly on them twice a day.
When I bathed I used tea tree face wash. I also didn't shave for few weeks and kept my face dry. In few weeks they were gone like they never appeared.
I also use tea tree oil as mosquito repellant (work for few hours).
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I have read so many entries about MC and I have to say I am mad at myself for not searching for a home remedy before now! My 3 year old daughter has had this well over a year. I took her to the derm and like you all have said, nothing they can do they will go away. Well we started out with a few and then quickly moved to 20-30 and are now up to prob 100 or so. They are horrible looking as some have blistered or scabbed and popped. She complains of them hurting and itching. I would like to try the ACV but scared it will burn her. I have recently started using the tea tree oil and it seems to be helping. I noticed after using it once there were a few that blistered and popped and scabbed up. This stuff is a nightmare!!!!!! I will try the ACV and see what happens! Thank you all for the advice :)
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Tea trea oil is very effective for MC; just get a bottle from a health food store or a grocery store, use a Q-tip to dab a little on the spot, and wait for it to die. This doesn't smell as bad as ACV and it doesn't irritate the skin as much, but be sure to avoid applying too often or your skin might get inflamed.
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Our daughter has had persistent MC for a couple of years - not a huge outbreak but several spots that just stayed, with new spots coming up and some of them getting horribly inflamed when they were in pressure points like the back of the legs. I won't say we'd tried everything, but we did go through tea tree oil, vinegar, clove oil, and something the allopathic skin specialist gave us off-label.
None of those had any impact at all. It was awful when a spot would get infected and we'd try to open it so it could heal - just traumatic and painful and certainly no solution and then other spots would come up near the old spot even when we thought we'd been careful. She started getting a couple on her neck and face - visible and embarrassing.
I'm VERY glad I finally bought a bottle of topical treatment with thuja and Chelidonium (Greater Celandine). I really had no particular confidence in it, after everything. But regular application over a couple of months has made the spots change, and when they swelled, they had a dark core inside and they actually broke and scabbed and healed. She has no more active spots now, as no new ones are appearing. I can't describe my relief! Hope this helps someone else.
I just wanted to share what I have found to work the best for me in this seemingly endless battle with mc. I know how frustrating it is and how desperately you search for answers. So I hope that I can help many of you but even if one person is helped I will be happy. I tried many of the remedies, which seemed as though they may be working only to have new colonies develop just when I thought the old ones were almost gone.. I tried ACV, silver, grapefruit seed extract internally and topically and tea tree oil topically. I fought for nearly 2 months with no true progress, one step forward was always followed by 2 steps back. If this pattern continued it could take months if not years to get rid of it. That is not an option, I need my life back!! I was getting very frustrated with all the time I was spending treating and cleaning up so my family would not get it not to mention all the time researching for the best cure. Molluscum was consuming my life. I researched and researched desperate for a better way.
If you want to end this battle you need to try thuja occidentalis immediately. It is a homeopathic remedy you can get at the health food/supplement store. I use the 30c. It is only about $6 a bottle. I may need to buy a few bottles, but it will definitely be worth it if I can be mc free. Adults take 5 sugar tabs 3 times a day according to the bottle, not sure what the children's dose is. But they are very easy you just let the little sugar tabs melt in your mouth. How easy is that?? I have been taking them for 8 days now. Any bumps I had are clearly drying up and disappearing. There have been no new colonies develop. This is the one remedy I have seen this much progress with. The progress I am having makes me very hopeful I will be mc free very soon. I will post when I am bump free because I know how hopeless it can feel. I encourage you to do your own research to determine if this is an appropriate option for you, it is definitely worth it.. I only wish I had known about this 2 months ago, I would have saved myself a lot of time and aggravation.