Apple cider vinegar is the most effective natural remedy for molluscum contagiosum. This inexpensive home remedy can be used topically and internally. It has been used with success on children and adults.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Molluscum Contagiosum Externally
A common way to use apple cider vinegar for MC is to apply the vinegar to cotton balls and attach the cotton balls to each spot and cover with a bandaid overnight. The bandages are changed morning and night until the condition resolves.
A common problem with this treatment is that the bandaids begin to irritate the skin. This is especially a problem for children, who do not like to have bandaids removed from their skin! Additionally, repeated use of bandages and the damaged skin that results, leaves the skin ripe for further infection.
Fortunately, many have had success treating molluscum contagiousum with apple cider vinegar without the use of bandaids.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat Molluscum Contagiosum Without Bandaids
Instead of using bandaids, just apply the vinegar to the spots 2-4 times a day with a cotton ball or a q-tip and allowing the vinegar to dry on the skin.
If a large area of the skin is affected, try putting apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spraying the affected areas several times a day.
Apple Cider Vinegar Bath for Molluscum Contagiosum
For children, one of the easiest ways to use vinegar for molluscum contagiosum is in a bath. Add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to a tub of warm water. Have the child bathe for 20 minutes or so each night. While a child has an active case of molluscum contagiosum, he should not be bathed with siblings, to reduce the risk of infection to others.
Internal Use of Apple Cider Vinegar for Molluscum Contagiosum
For adults, adding 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water is a great tonic to alkalize the body and help it to fight infection. This tonic can be taken once or twice a day.
For children, 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar can be added to a glass of juice daily. The juice masks the taste.
For toddlers, try just 1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in some juice each day.
Likely you will need to treat the spots externally as well, but this apple cider vinegar tonic will help the process along.
What to Expect When Treating Molluscum Contagiosum with Apple Cider Vinegar
There are changes in the appearance of the molluscum contagiosum spots as they heal. The spots may turn white or black. They may scab. Do not pick the spots. Do not poke the spots with a pin. Picking and poking increases your risk of infection. Let the spots dry up and heal on their own.
If the apple cider vinegar is irritating to the skin dilute it with water. Try 1/2 water and 1/2 apple cider vinegar. If the vinegar causes the skin to become dry, after applying the vinegar and allowing it to dry, moisturize the skin with coconut oil or castor oil. Both of these oils also have anti-viral properties.
If apple cider vinegar does not work for you, you may need to add some internal immune building supplements like vitamin C, coconut oil, or elderberry syrup. You can also consider one of the many other treatment options that our readers have shared with us!
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