The Ideal Treatment for Molluscum Contagiosum

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  • Molluscum contagiosum patients with healthy immune systems may not need to treat the lesions, since the bumps will fade without medical intervention
  • The conventional cures for molluscum contagiosum can be painful and cause scarring, and may require the use of anesthesia
  • Coconut oil’s antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties may help reduce inflammation and itchiness and eliminate the virus. You may rub the coconut oil directly onto the lesions or affected area

Molluscum contagiosum patients with healthy immune systems may not need to treat the lesions, since the bumps will fade without medical intervention. However, according to Healthline, some people, whether adults or children, may need to undergo treatment for molluscum contagiosum if they have:

  • Large lesions on the face and neck
  • An existing skin disease like atopic dermatitis
  • Have serious concerns about spreading the virus
  • Immune systems weakened by diseases like HIV or cancer treatment drugs (although it may be more difficult)

Hence, some procedures may be recommended in order to get rid of molluscum contagiosum, such as:

  • Cryotherapy: Liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the lesions.
  • Curettage: The doctor uses a small tool to pierce the bump and scrape it off the skin.
  • Laser therapy: As the name implies, lasers are utilized to destroy the bump/s.
  • Topical therapy: Creams containing acids or chemicals are applied to the bumps to induce peeling of the top layers of the skin.

These conventional cures for molluscum contagiosum  can be painful and cause scarring, and may require the use of anesthesia. Furthermore, because they involve treating each bump, a procedure can require more than one session. If you have many large bumps, re-treatment may also be needed every three to six weeks until the bumps fade away.

Before attempting treatments for molluscum contagiosum, talk to your doctor to know what's best for your situation. Plus, women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding must inform their doctor about their condition before taking medications for this infection.1

Natural Treatments for Mollucum Contagiosum

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with molluscum contagiosum, it's highly recommended to try these natural home remedies first:2,3,4

Neem: This herb has powerful antiviral abilities. When applied topically, neem may neutralize and eliminate the virus.

Try boiling neem leaves and apply the infused water onto affected areas on the skin. You can also try bathing in neem-infused water.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV): Its antibacterial and antiviral qualities may be useful for treating the lesions, eliminating the virus and preventing it from spreading further.

Dip a cotton ball in ACV and tap it onto the bumps on your skin.

Coconut oil: Coconut oil's antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties may help reduce inflammation and itchiness and eliminate the virus.

You may rub the coconut oil directly onto the lesions or affected area.

Aloe vera: Aloe vera, particularly its gel, is often used to address skin infections and conditions. Ingredients like aloenin, polysaccharides and glycoproteins may help heal and smoothen the skin.

Plus, aloe vera is antiviral in nature. If lesions erupt, you can use commercially available aloe vera gel extract to address these.

Australian lemon myrtle: A study published in the journal Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy noted that applying a 10 percent solution of Australian lemon myrtle once a day reduced symptoms of this infection by 90 percent or more.

Calendula: Regular use of calendula may aid in eliminating the virus and ensure good skin health.

Place calendula leaves and blooms in oil or hot water. Then, apply a compress containing the oil or liquid onto the skin. You may also utilize calendula salves or ointments to deal with the lesions.

Alcohol: Alcohol can act as a natural immune protector that may kill the molluscum contagiosum virus and prevent infection/s.

When applied to wounds, alcohol can soak into the lesions, neutralize the virus and cause the lesions to lower and disappear within a matter of days.

Colloidal oatmeal baths: Colloidal oatmeal refers to finely ground oatmeal that may be added to warm (but not hot) bath water. Oatmeal contains triglycerides that may coat the skin and deliver anti-inflammatory properties.

You can alleviate irritated and itchy skin caused by molluscum contagiosum through a colloidal oatmeal bath.

Make your own colloidal oatmeal bath by grinding old-fashioned oats in a food processor or coffee bean grinder. To know if you have ground the oats enough, add a spoonful to warm water. If they don't turn the water into a milk-like texture, you may need to grind them more.

You may also mix the oatmeal in a bowl or glass, dip a washcloth in it and apply it to areas of irritated skin.

Ideally, limit your colloidal oatmeal bath to 10 to 15 minutes. If you soak for a longer period of time, the skin may dry out, worsening the infection.

You Can Use Essential Oils if You Have Molluscum Contagiosum

There are essential oils you can use if you have molluscum contagiosum:5

  • Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil can be useful in healing lesions caused by molluscum contagiosum and preventing them from returning. Dab a few drops of diluted tea tree oil on a cotton ball and onto the lesions three to four times daily.
  • Oregano oil: Antioxidant compounds in oregano oil, namely thymol, terpenes, carvacrol and rosmarinic acid, can assist with reducing inflammation of the affected areas and enhance the immune system so it can fight the molluscum contagiosum virus.

Before using any of these essential oils, consult a doctor first and take an allergen patch test to determine if you have allergic reactions to any of these substances.

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