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Molluscum Contagiosum

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Molluscum Contagiosum is a virus that manifests in the form of small, raised, red lumps on the skin. The virus is not dangerous, most people are naturally immune to it, and it normally clears up of its own accord within 12-18 months unless you have a weakened immune system in which case it may take up to five years. Reported cases are most common in children because of their close proximity to each other at school and the relative ease in which the virus passes from person to person. The virus can be passed on via skin to skin contact so is often sexually transmitted. Whilst most people won’t seek help or try to treat the problem squeezing the mollusca is normally the first port of call. Occassionally the molluscs are frozen, burnt or scraped off though this tends to be a last resort.

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Here, after being in the dark for 3 years now, I'm going to shed some light on what works for me, I was diagnosed with HPV - herpes/genital warts etc back when I was 18, I'm now 21, I have been using creams pescripted by the NHS, nothing has worked for me, if anything, it's made it worse, I now have a claim going against the nhs as I have been circumcised under the impression it would clear everything up, 3 years on, I've been mislead, I have MCV molluscum, for the last 2 years I've been using creams that make the bumps return in large numbers, I have gone through pain, time & alot of money to try & get rid of what I have, my tea tree oil arrived yesterday, I showered & patted the area, (btw I was with only tea tree soap) I used the oil directly without a care in the world to test it on an area, yes my skin felt like it was burning & it hurt a tiny bit. But the main thing is, I dabbed 4 big bumps YESTERDAY.. Today, the bumps are black in the middle & they're so flat !! I recommend it already, i put it directly on a cotton stick & dab it where it needs to go! I have read these comments too long embarrassed but hopefully this will reassure others, try & eat & drink as healthily as you can, it's about the immune system, thankfully I don't actually have herpes or else I'd have no treatment!





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I havent been to the doc but from what im reading and pictures i saw i dk have MC. I had spots in the genital area and i just ignored them. Used some antibaterial cream and sudocream but ddnt go away. I therefore tried putting ACV on a big cotton pad and have been aplying it for two days now. It stings quite a bit, but the little spots have turned white and big, some have abrown patch on the top. I did see more come out to the surface than before aplying the ACV. I would love ypur help about how long it will take for them to leave and whether they just fall off or how? Also, if u have treated urs with ACV, did u have any scars? Thank u in advance.





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I have just been told that my molluscum has gone. I spotted them at Christmas, they were diagnosed at the end of January and beginning of March apart from one suspect one the clinic have told me everything has gone. I've had freezing showered with salt every morning used tea tree oil zymzderm and hydrogen peroxide. I have lived and breathed MC to the point where I have become neurotic. I slept in long pyjamas and I've washed towels after every single use on a boil wash and also cleaned the toilet every time I've used it.. It's been a living nightmare but I'm one of the lucky ones I think. The Internet has helped me much more than the medical people. I just have to work out how to get rid of the scarring now. Best of luck

Hi I'm Jennifer and I'm a second year college student! I was diagnosed with Molluscum in June 2015, though I've had the bumps since April. I had them burned off with Acid, which my OBGYN recommended, however, that left terrible scarring all over my privates and did not cure it. I then had the rest of the warts frozen by my gyno which was extremely painful and yielded no results. I have started to spray myself down 3x a day with rubbing alcohol. My current theory is if I can dry the warts without popping them (rid them of the evil and highly contagious center), I can hopefully stop the spread and expedite their departure. My doctor told me that molluscum will go away within 4 months, which is NOT TRUE! I am also taking a multivitamin, vitamin C, vitamin E, and Biotin tablets to help boost my immune system. Molluscum is extremely frustrating and as a twenty something who would like to be able to live her life without worrying if someone is going to see a wart or not this is hard. You can buy spray Alcohol at the pharmacy, you can also buy spray tea tree oil which will be my next venture if this doesn't work. I am up for anyone who has any suggestions. I will be seeing a new doctor later this week. (3rd doctor I've gone to with my molluscum) and hopefully someone will have an answer other than "wait it out."





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Hi Jennifer, I completely share your frustration with this virus, I had no idea how emotionally and mentally taxing it is. What frustrates me further is I caught this from a cheating partner! Anyway I hope the following can help you and others. It it has not completely cleared up yet but I feel the following steps are helping: (Please read all purchased product information, I am in no way medically qualified, speak to a medical professional in case of any doubt - FOR ADULTS ONLY) 1.Wash with Dettol Antibacterial Soap (Asda, Tesco) 2.Take Nelsons thuja 30c pillules (Holland & Barrett) 3.Cover isolated spots with a plaster after applying hydrocortisone 0.5% cream to the area !DO NOT APPLY TO FACE! (GP/Pharmacy) 4. Spray the affected area with Savlon Dry Antiseptic Povidone Iodine available in 50ml (Tesco) 5. Spots which have been treated with the above will go darker as if they are healing, I use Sudocrem Antisptic Healing Cream on them. 6. Do not share Towels/Face Cloths and wash clothes with Dettol Anti-Bacterial Laundry Cleanser (Asda, Tesco) 7. Multi Vitamins & Iron. I will also try out the Tea Tree Oil, anything to get rid of this horrible virus. Best of luck to you all! http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/868.aspx?CategoryID=73

Hi not sure where you are a few weeks down the line but hopefully it's clearing. I've just been told mine have gone which is about 1 months since I spotted them and about 1 month treating them. I would just try anything. I did the salt as recommended by the clinic. But I have gone through bottles and bottles of 100 percent Australian tea tree oil. I've also used molludab zynaderm hydrogen peroxide - I would literally try everything. If the ACV is working for you stick with that though. I washed towels on 90 after every use and cleaned the toilet every time I used it. I kept reading about different cures and tried those. I'm just waiting for my iodine to arrive! I now need to try to get rid of the scarring. Currently using suds teem. Everyone that has this has my utmost sympathy and understanding. I caught it from someone I had a fling with and I emailed him and told him because I couldn't bear the thought of someone else getting this. I've been lucky as I was 2 dates in with someone when I found out about by mc and I was honest with him and bless him apparently I'm worth the wait! I really hope everyone keeps trying their own method of treatment the worst thing you can do is leave it to go away on its own and also salt baths that the clinic recommended made it worse. Oh and I dried myself with the hairdryer every day just another tip. Best of luck

My 4 year old has a few molluscum bumps and has had 2 of them for over 9 months. One came and went with little redness and scabbing. then about 3 months later they other one started getting red and itchy and it became absessed and is now healing. I have just recently found about 10 tiny (like a pin head) bumps on him randomly. None are in clusters. Will each tiny bump grow big and have to scab over to go away?





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My daughter just turned 1 Dec 19 and a few days later came down with this. I immediately freaked out, cried etc . as of Jan 1 I got it. I'm 35 and got it on my hand. At first I killed most of them with apple cider vinegar and was told there was nothing I could do. So now that I have it I figure might as well try anything. I've been using tea tree on her and it was only on her leg. I've noticed that this morning her torso and leg seemed to be getting bumps but they were just liitle tiny and red. I sprayed her with a mist of tea tree and as of this evening they are all gone. So tea tree is less invasive than the apple cider but as for me I used hydrogen peroxide and burned the blank out out them I think I had about 20 so far they look dead burned and may scar but I can't have a contagious skin thing on my hand rather have scars. Any how good luck momma! I hope it all goes away soon for you.

i've been affected molluscum and it came so many place even in my private part. Doctors removed those through needle and gave some immunity tablets. my question is if i've sex with my life partner without protected, is it the molluscom viral transmit to her?





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Doctor prescribed my son who is 14 months (who has had it since 3 months) all over his body. Seeing I would say roughly around 6 doctors throughout the virus finally a doctor with experience who prescribed dermol cream something that is unexspensive over the counter if needed. We have put it on 3 times a day for a week now and the bigger ones are scabbing over. Incredibly happy with the results. We have tried loads like clove oil, talc, immune system booster vitamins the lot. But dermol has seemed to contain and control the skin virus! Good luck!





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Been dealing with this for over 3 years now. Foolishly I decided for the first 3 years to ignore the 2 bumps I had, thinking they would go away on their own. Then suddenly I had another one pop up. Out of drunken frustration one night I took a set of nail clippers to the new spot. Big mistake, just pissed them off and I went from 3 bumps to about 10. They are all on the shaft of my penis near the base. I recently begun treatment with ACV and I can personally say it is working wonders for me. Here is how I am doing it. Due to the awkward location bandages were not an option. What I do is I take a strip of cloth, wind it around my penis and under the testicles, looping it back around over it a couple times. I then pour the ACV on the cloth till it is soaked. After that I wrap the whole cloth in waterproof medical wrap. To keep it from leaking, (I know this is going to sound crazy) I use a grocery bag. Slide it over my penis and testicles, wrap the handles around till tight and tie it off. WARNING, this method burns like hell and will cause sever irritation to healthy skin, so plan on not being sexually active for a few weeks. First night I did this I left it on for about 6 hrs, every hour I would unwrap the bag and resoak the cloth. When I finally took it off that night I was amazed to see just how many I actually had. Did this for 3 days, then took a week off to allow my body to heal. I am now on my second round of this and am down to only a few stubborn ones but they are vastly smaller than before the first round of treatment. Hopefully this helps out men who have this little nucence down there.





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My daughter has MC (she will be three in September) I noticed one spot when she was nine months (the same time she started day care and swimming lessons) my sister in law said to leave it and it will go away. By the time she was two she had three or four spots and within the last week the virus has spread dramatically. She has 10-20 spots spreading from her belly to her arms and down her legs. Three doctors have all said to leave it and her body will eventually fight it. It's two years and only getting worse. I've squeezed one and a huge head popped out and have now tried tea tree oil on two to see if either of these options will help. Does anyone have any other ideas... Our gp said she can't go in a public pool until healed - our summers can hit 50 degrees so really want it cleared before summer so she's not having to sit at home in the air con the whole time.





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Hi I am 17 and had mc since I was 15, doctor couldnt treat it I was given steroid cream from boots chemist but didnt work I then used tea tree cream (£2 something in boots) applied it once and went asleep next morning they looked better with in a week they were gone and havent returned (4 months on im mc free!!) The tea tree cream is painless! Hope this helps! They didnt scar either

We have been using a homeopathic remedy on our children called Zymaderm. You can buy it on line. Sometimes drug stores will have it. Most pharmacists have not heard of it. Believe it or not, most pharmacists haven't heard of mollescum! The apple cider vinegar was helpful for an adult in our family. Note that it will scar, so only do it if you are comfortable with that fact. Here is the method: 1. take a tiny piece of a cotton ball (smaller than a Qtip) and soak it in apple cider vinegar 2. place it on an individual molescum 3. secure it with medical tape or duct tape 4. leave it on for 24 hours. Many warts with shrink drastically or disappear with a few applications





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I tried the tea tree oil on my 9 year old. She has it all over her body and now they are huge and blistering. I did the oil on each one and noticed that the oil only worked when they were red and blistered. Once I put the oil on, it seemed to go away after a couple days, but then more would pop up. I'm so lost with this. She is no embarrassed and everyone thinks she has some disease. I am trying so hard to resolve this for her. Doctors tell you to just leave it alone, whcih I did and just more would pop up. They told me to use moisture and make sure it didn't get dry, that just made it worse. I hate trying things that a doctor doesn't believe in and keep trying different things. Going from tea tree oil, lotion and now possibly the apple cider. Makes me feel as if I may be doing something harmful to her since trying things out. It is such a horrible virus and no one even knows about it until their child gets it. Hope everyone can figure this out. I guess everyone is different and it will take a few trial and errors to figure out which process is good for your child. That bath idea may be good....it can't hurt you!





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We are also using tea tree oil and seeing success. But we are also using homeopathic remedy thuja 3x a day. Also increasing immunity with probiotics, vitamin c and another immune boosting powder with elderberry. Good luck!

Hi, My son and daughter had MC. My daughter had a few on her arm and then after about 18 months they became inflamed and started disappearing. I recently took my son to the doctor as he has it much worse (probably about 30 or more on his chest, and under his arm. I was scared that it would spread to his face so I was determined that the GP should give us me something on prescription and not just tell us to go away and watch/wait! I had already read about an ointment called Molludab. When we visited the GP he said we should just let it run its course which could be until my son is 18 (bear in mind he's only 11 now)!!! Anyway in the end he made out a prescription. We took it to the chemist and it turned out it was Molludab (although the prescription said something different). So far his blisters are becoming red and inflamed and I am hoping that the Molludab is doing what it says it does ie triggers the body to fight the infection and then the MC will go. So far so good ............ If you're GP won't prescribe anything, you can buy this ointment from Amazon. hope this helps. All the best


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