People have dealt with molluscum constagiosum for years. As with other minor skin diseases, moms and grandmoms everywhere have used natural, at-home remedies to treat the virus - for better or for worse. While some have proven successful, others have done nothing more than give sufferers a false sense of hope.
Out of all of the treatments for molluscum contagiosum, no one has truly set itself apart from the bunch. There are a few that have proven quite effective, such as Conzerol, but there have been a few alternative treatments that have also been successful for some people. These alternative treatments are often preferred over more harsh treatments, such as curettage and cryotherapy, or simply "waiting it out" - both which are commonly recommended by dermatologists.
This article will specifically look at using apple cider vinegar to treat molluscum contagiousm. Apple cider vinegar is widely used as an at-home, alternative treatment, and actually has been rumored to be used as early as 400 B.C. From being used as a facial toner to stopping bad breath to cleaning hair - apple cider vinegar is commonly used for a variety of problems, and it is one of the best at-home remedies for treating molluscum contagiosum.
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What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar, ACV, is exactly what it sounds like: a vinegar made from apples and cider. It is packed with fiber and nutrients and, despite its strong stench and taste, can be extremely beneficial for a variety of things.
The acidity of the vinegar is what makes ACV effective at treating molluscum lesions, among everything else in it. The ACV that we recommend is organic and raw and is mixed with purified drinking water to create a 5% acidity.
Who Can Safely Use ACV for Molluscum Contagiosum?
Everyone reacts differently to ACV. For this reason, we cannot recommend that it be used on children. ACV often causes much more skin irritation and pain as compared to other treatments (even though this is one of the main reasons it is so effective).
- On the external body (be careful around genitals)
How to Use ACV for Treating Molluscum Contagiosum
There are a variety of approaches that have been used to use ACV to treat molluscum contagiosum. Though they do vary quite a bit, there is a general procedure that tends to be used. We recommend doing this at night and is as follows:
- Apply ACV to a cotton ball soaking it
- Place the cotton ball on a molluscum contagiosum lesion/lesions
- Use athletic tape or a band aid to completely cover and secure the cotton ball onto the skin
- Leave the cotton ball on for 8-16 hours, or until next application
- Repeat as needed until the virus and papules are gone
This is one of the more complicated treatment processes out of all that we have reviewed. In addition, the ACV smell can be hard to get off of the hands and skin where it is applied, so you may have to wash your hands a good amount after applying the treatment.
Based on your reaction to the ACV and your success with it, you may have to tweak your treatment. Some people may find that they need a day or two off between treatments while others may find that more than one application a day works. No matter what you decide to go with, be sure to monitor your skin and carefully watch how you are reacting. It is possible to damage your skin using ACV, so be careful.
How Effective is ACV at Treating Molluscum Contagiosum?
In most cases, ACV will eventually kill some, if not all, or molluscum contagiosum lesions. It is often more dependent on how much the sufferer can deal with, as opposed to the effectiveness.
Many people have sworn by ACV for treating their molluscum contagiosum, stating that is completely killed the virus and eliminated all bumps. Others have seen some clearance but not a complete elimination. In addition, some see a clearance followed by the appearance of new lesions (though this is possible with any treatment). Finally, some people have seen no good results with ACV, or they weren't able to use the treatment long enough to see results.
After applying ACV overnight, you should initially see some skin irritation, often in the form of redness and some swelling. You will know if the treatment is working if eventually you see the center of the bump turns black. This means that the virus has been killed (at least in that one spot), and the bump should soon recede.
As mentioned, everyone reacts differently to ACV. Though many find success, you may not.
Are There Any Side-Effects Associated With Using ACV to Treat Molluscum Contagiosum?
As mentioned, using ACV may cause some significant discomfort and skin irritation. While this is to be expected to some extent, you should be aware that too much can cause permanent damage or unbearable pain.
Following the clearance of lesions, you may notice some skin discoloration or inflammation for longer periods of times as compared to other treatments. This, as well as the initial discomfort, are caused by the harshness and acidity of the ACV.
ACV is the most harsh of all of the common treatments for molluscum contagiosum. It is an acid, so this isn't too surprising, but it is important to know what to expect. If you are considering using ACV for your child's molluscum lesions, please be sure to consult with a doctor or dermatologist first.
Apple cider vinegar is a very effective treatment for molluscum contagiosum, though it also often comes with a "physical price tag". The accompanying pain and discomfort is often too much to handle, and is the reason why it is not rated as highly as other treatments. If you decide to give ACV a shot, our best recommendation is to start slow and be careful.