I'm offering this information becauase, having read through many forum posts when I had the condition, I learned how challenging it can be to find a solution to this.
But I feel that once I figured out what worked, it was actually pretty easy and formulaic to deal with the condition.
First off, the apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball DOES work. I used this for three little bumps in my vaginal area. Yes, it burned and stung, and was difficult to get the cotton to stay on (had to use scotch tape overnight!). But it totally got rid of them.
To do this, soak a piece of cotton ball or gauze in raw organic apple cider vinegar, just big enough to fit over the bump. Tape/band-aid it on there overnight. You might do a couple nights, or daytime, if that works for you. The bump starts turning black as it's getting killed. These bumps went away and never came back.
When I did the cider vinegar on a couple spots on my leg, it left scars that I'm not happy about. Had I known at the time, I would have used CLOVE OIL instead (essential oil of clove). In addition to the cider vinegar, I found clove oil to be perfectly effective.
I diluted it 50% in another oil. Sometimes almond oil, sometimes olive. I don't think it really matters what other oil you use. And I'd rub it on the spots a couple times a day. This was very fast to clear up spots on my chest, legs, armpits (from shaving--don't shave affected areas as it spreads the condition), butt, abdomen. It seemed to kill them in about 2 days. I highly recommend working with clove oil FIRST, and cider vinegar for bigger bumps if the clove oil doesn't seem to be working. This should minimize scarring.
I also used terrasil on these areas with DMSO to make it absorb well. I think this was helpful, and I like to hit a problem from every angle with multiple remedies if needed. But I don't think the Terrasil is an absolute necessity. If money is tight, try the clove oil alone first. Dirt cheap, while the Terrasil is more expensive.
All my children had molluscum - three of them and hundreds of bumps each. We did use Molludab and some other over the counter and prescription ointments and they did have some impact. But overall we had far more success in an old remedy that my mother told me about. Apple cider vinegar, clove oil and cover them up. We have more recently found a site with a detailed treatment guide using these and other natural ointments. See the Cure Molluscum Contagiosum web site.
This was the most recent article about Master-Cleanse I found on the internet and the most detailed. So thank you very much. I discovered a small bump on my penis few weeks ago and didn't think it was something serious and punctured it and it multipled.
Worried, I went to a walk-in clinic and the GP said it was nothing he recognized and tested me for STIs which came clean and advised me to see a dermatologist who diagnosed me with Master-Cleanse and asked me to get tested for HIV which I did today and it was negative phew. She froze the bumps and asked me to see her in a month.
I bought the Clove Oil yesterday which was a mission to find from the regular drug stores and I found it at a health store. Not the brand you mentioned, but another brand but it was also 100% pure.
I used it last night for the first time and it did sting and burn but was bearable. I couldn't sleep till the burning went away. I didn't apply this morning because I had to come to work. So instead of a few times a day, I will be applying it at night. I realize that will prolong the healing time but instead of 2 days, even it it takes a week, I will be happy.
I chose the Clove oil option because I just took a cotton ball and put some Olive-Oil on it and then some Clove oil on it and then applied it on the effected area. Pretty much soaked the area with it which is a LOT easier than taping Apple Cider Vinegar Cotton balls on myself.
The way you described how to apply Clove oil was very helpful. No one was mentioning on any forum, whether the combination or Olive oil and Clove oil is to to be rubbed or just applied or had to be taped like Apple Cider Vinegar.
Your article was concise and to the point. I hope you are still MC free and really hope it works out for me too.
I had the same experience! I got Molluscum from sharing a razor in college with my roommate and it has not gone away since! It's been 5 years now and after many attempts to freeze them off over the years, the only thing that has worked has been Apple Cider Vinegar. I am also unhappy with the scars it left on my legs :( Any suggestion on how to get rid of those scars? I wish I knew about the clove oil!! However, just very happy the bumps are mostly gone without doctors appointments. I keep finding little baby ones all over me from shaving, so I'm guessing the only treatment from here is to keep noticing them and applying the vinegar/oil, correct? Thanks for posting!
Buy some Iodine (water solution is nicest, like 5% lugol's), or providine Iodine (drug store, healthstore, sold for wound disinfection). Paint it on the scars (for example with fingertips) 2-4 times a day, it'll tell the immune system to start a healing process there. Search Molluscum Contagiosum and iodine, another family reports success with providine iodine. :-)
It can take a few weeks to see results, but iodine's really a quite surprising/powerful element.
I wiped out on my moped on a left-hand swing earlier this spring. It had been dry, and I slipped on sand with my tired. The seat of the bike fell heavy on my left inner thigh, and I walked rather with a limp for a few days! The bruise developed into a regular ol' eye of sauron there on my leg (right up next to the panty-line :< )
I had been using a homemade 10% Lugol's solution on the tips of my big toes (trying out a suggestion from another forum), so I just continued with that, and my bruise was gone within 2 weeks! :D
I think using digestive enzymes and supplemental choline really helped there too. (Enzymes help break down dead tissue, and choline is an essential ingredient in all new cell walls)
Good to hear. There are also products around now that make use of clove and sandalwood in the treatment of molluscum and ezcema. My children and husband all caught molluscum we used a lotion called Mollenol - http://www.mollenol.com
We found the advice on this forum so helpful that my wife and I promised ourselves that we would come back and leave our feedback. Our three kids at different points under 4 got MC. The girl's virus came and went without us almost noticing but our youngest contracted it last year at 4 months old. It started off as 1 or 2 spots on the elbow. Doctor said that would go away in 18 months. Two months ago it went BONKERS and spread down his arm, across his belly, back and down his legs. We decided that we were not going to wait for this to clear up as it was setting itself up for a body spread. So we considered info on this site, medical portals, scientific reports etc and we started our plan. Suffice it to say after 1 month we have eradicated this virus back to one spot on the elbow of our very clean little boy. We reckon this is the original'master' virus that started this off. Tomorrow will see us excise the core of that followed by disinfection as per plan. Our plan entailed nightly Qtip application of 5% Iodine to head of papule, then body spread of a lotion I prepared in an empty spray bottle. Lotion consisted of 50% cider vinegar/mother + calmiNE. Then put on Long sleeve vest, pj's and bed. Morning quick wash down + tea tree lotion.
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My daughter suffered from Molluscum contagiosum about six months ago. She had several on the back of her thigh. They didn't really do any thing for years and then they started to spread down her legs. I took her to the doctor and he suggested freezing them off. After two very traumatic treatments which prevented my daughter from sitting on her bottom comfortably we ended the drs visits.I did try the Apple cider vinegar treatment with no effect other than burning my daughter's skin. Then I found a post online, I can't find the website otherwise I would repost the site and I started the following regime for three weeks. After three weeks her Molluscum contagiosum went away completely.
Tea tree oil on every bump morning and night. I used Desert Essence tea tree oil available on Amazon. I made sure I used a different applicator for every bump. I did not cover them up with a bandaid unless the center "core" was exposed. It's important that the bumps dry out so if they are not in the contagious stage covering with a bandaid may make things worse. I made sure her bumps were covered with clothing however (the core is the thin stem sticking out of the center of the bump). If the core was exposed I tried to remove it with tweezers or put neosporin on it and then covered it with a small bandaid. The core is what is contagious and is how the Molluscum contagiosum spreads. My daughter had sponge baths for three weeks and washed her hair in the sink (because she didn't have any on her head). I made sure to avoid getting the bumps wet. So no baths, prolonged showers, swimming in pools or hot tubs. If her bumps did get wet, as soon as she got out of the water, we patted the area dry very lightly to avoid spreading (even used a blow dryer set on low to dry the area). I changed her bedding every day and her PJs every night. It was very labour intensive and took some time but this method was VERY EFFECTIVE. I cannot stress enough to buy good tea tree oil and keep the area covered with clothing and dry unless the bumps have opened. Good luck.