5 Molluscum Contagiosum Treatments You Can do at Home

Molluscum contagiosum will go away on its own, but that can take months and even years sometimes. There’s no need to suffer the embarrassment, or risk it spreading. Get rid of them using these five molluscum contagiosum treatments that can be done right at home.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Molluscum Contagiosum Remedy

Apple cider vinegar can be used as an all-natural home remedy for molluscum contagiosum. Some people insist you use organic and unfiltered apple cider vinegar only. I can’t speak for organic only, but I’ve personally found unfiltered acv to work best for me, so I recommend you use it if possible.

Be careful if you’re going to use apple cider vinegar. It’s a good choice, but ACV’s acidic nature can cause unwanted chemical burns. This is usually caused by prolonged direct exposure to undiluted ACV. However, it might still be possible to get burned by ACV even when it’s diluted with water.

Here’s what you need to do for this simple treatment:

  1. Fill a clean bathtub with warm water.
  2. Mix in 1 cup of acv into the tub of warm water and give it a good stir.
  3. Soak in the bath for about 10-15 minutes. Sometimes the growths will puff up and turn white from the bath.
  4. Pat dry with a clean towel afterwards. Be careful not to scratch the affected areas.
  5. Repeat daily until the molluscum contagiosum is done.

Clove Oil Molluscum Contagiosum Remedy

Clove oil is also highly regarded as an effective and natural molluscum contagiosum treatment. It’s recommended by many who have been unfortunate enough to have personal experience dealing with molluscum contagiosum. If you’ve already tried a bunch of other treatments with no results, then don’t write it off. It may be the solution you’ve been seeking.

Application is fairly simple. All you have to do is apply the oil to the growth(s) about 2-3 times per day; making sure to apply the final application right before bedtime.

When you first start, don’t be surprised if the spots get a little bigger; this is normal at first. Then they will start to get smaller and smaller. You can tell that it’s starting to work when you see a dark spot in the center. After these dark spots appear, they will eventually come off with little force.

One word of warning before you give clove oil a try. Do not use clove oil by itself. You need to dilute it with a carrier oil (like olive oil, or coconut oil). When used at full strength, clove oil will cause chemical burns (just like acv). So you’ll want to dilute it as mentioned to help minimize the chances of getting burned. Because of the burn risk, you’ll also want to avoid using clove oil on, or around the face.

Coconut Oil for Molluscum Contagiosum

Don’t like the idea of getting burned by clove oil? You might just be able to get away with using just coconut oil. It’s true that it isn’t quite as strong as clove oil, but coconut oil’s powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties still make it a worthwhile treatment. Plus, there’s no burn risk like clove oil.

All you’ll need is some extra virgin coconut oil (preferably organic). Zap a tablespoon (more if you’re treating a large area) of coconut oil in the microwave for about 20 seconds to melt it. Let it cool down for a few minutes before use, or you might get burned from the heat.

To apply the coconut oil, all you have to do is use your fingers to gently massage the oil into the affected areas. Be careful not to scratch the area, or you’ll risk causing even more growths. Repeat this treatment up to 5 times a day and repeat every day until they’re all gone.

Cimetidine for Molluscum Contagiosum

Cimetidine—sold over the counter as Tagamet—was found in a small trial to be an effective molluscum contagiosum treatment. In fact, the study showed cimetidine was as effective as cryotherapy and other popular topical treatments. You can usually find it at your local pharmacy, but you can also easily get it online. It is commonly used as an acid reducer for heat burns and indigestions. However, many agree taking cimetidine for molluscum contagiosum daily promotes the growth T lymphocyte cells; which play a vital role in fighting off viral infections.

A small dosage of 30-40mg per kg per day was used for participants in the clinical trial. No maximum dosage was mentioned, but you’ll want to follow the instructions on the packaging carefully.

Of course, the best thing to do before you give cimetidine a shot is to talk to your doctor first. Just be sure to mention that you’re open to alternative solutions like cimetidine. Taking cimetidine can increase the effectiveness of other medications, so you should definitely talk to your doctor first.

Zymaderm for Molluscum Contagiosum

This is an all-natural treatment for molluscum contagiosum that you can buy over-the-counter. Zymaderm for molluscum contagiosum is FDA approved and best of all, it is safe to use in sensitive areas include the face and genital areas (as stated by the manufacturer).  It’s even been clinically proven to keep clusters at bay, help shrink them, and eliminate them.

The only downside to this treatment is the price. It’s a little pricey, but those who have used it say it’s worth every penny. You can save a little money and get it much cheaper if you buy it online instead of a local pharmacy.

Zymaderm for molluscum contagiosum is meant to be used topically and should only be used as so. Be sure to follow the instructions on the box.

Not so sure which treatment you should use for this skin disease? Take a look at this page for more details about choosing a remedy. Did I miss a molluscum contagiosum treatment that you feel works better? Please help the other readers by sharing it with us in the comments below.