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What is Molluscum Contagiosum?
If you spot any small, pink, rounded lesions on your skin, you may start to panic, thinking that something terrible has happened, but in fact, you may just be suffering from Molluscum contagiosum, a DNA poxvirus that infects the skin and results in the formation of these small, bulb-like warts. This virus is spread by touching the affected area of the skin from other people or perhaps wiping your face with a towel or other virus-containing surface. The good news is that this virus is generally harmless, but it can be unsightly and many people will do anything to treat the condition and avoid spreading it to loved ones and friends. Molluscum contagiosum can often disappear without treatment of any kind, but pricking, scratching, and irritation can cause the lesions to stick around (sometimes for years at a time!), and thus spread around the body, so eliminating the virus is a great idea.
Once the head of the lesion is destroyed or eliminated, the virus is gone, but rapid treatment involves freezing, laser removal, and other rather intense procedures on the skin. Although this virus is not known to be life-threatening, it can be irritatingly persistent, so being proactive in your treatment is definitely suggested. A number of home remedies do exist, which can either complement more formal medications or procedures or can be used as a sole method of treatment. Many of these natural remedies are used for other skin conditions and infections, and research has shown them to be effective in treating this relatively harmless (but annoying) infection. Now, let’s take a closer look at the home remedies for Molluscum contagiosum.
Home Remedies for Molluscum Contagiosum
Home remedies for molluscum contagiosum include:
For thousands of years, neem has been trusted as a reliable medicinal herb, particularly in India, where it is known as a powerful antiviral substance. This is known as an exceptional topical application for various skin conditions, and for Molluscum contagiosum, neem can effectively neutralize and eliminate the virus. You can boil neem leaves in water and then topically apply this infused water to the affected areas on the skin. You can also bathe in this water.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This useful substance can be used in direct application to the affected legions, due to its antibacterial and antiviral qualities. One of the best ways to utilize this natural remedy is to dip a cotton ball into apple cider vinegar and then tape it to the bumps on your skin. You can quickly eliminate the virus and prevent it from spreading.
Tea Tree Oil
For treating a wide variety of skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis, tea tree oil is a trusted, side-effect-free solution that can be directly rubbed on the affected bumps and lesions. Use a cotton ball, as with the apple cider vinegar approach, and dab the bumps 3-4 times per day. Tea tree oil can eliminate the bumps and prevent them from returning within a week or so.
One of the most powerful natural remedies for skin conditions is coconut oil, which boasts antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. By rubbing this oil directly on the affected skin areas, you can quickly reduce the inflammation and itchiness, and also kill the virus, thus clearing up the condition.
Although many people think of oregano simply as a spice, oregano oil boasts a wide range of antioxidant compounds, including thymol, terpenes, carvacrol, and rosmarinic acid. All of these components help to reduce the inflammation of the infected areas and boost the immune system to fight off the Molluscum contagiosum virus.
Garlic is one of the most versatile herbal remedies in the world, primarily due to its high allicin content. Allicin contains powerful antiviral and antibacterial compounds that can rapidly neutralize most viral strains, and rubbing a poultice of garlic that has soaked overnight is an easy and effective home remedy for these irritating lesions.
Plain alcohol can be a simple and effective way to eliminate Molluscum contagiosum. Apply the alcohol to the skin and cover the area; it is a natural immune protector and can kill infections. That is why alcohol is applied to wounds, to prevent infection. The alcohol can soak into the lesions and neutralize the virus. The lesions will lower and disappear within a matter of days.
Duct Tape Occlusion
It might sound like a strange strategy, but placing a piece of duct tape over the lesions can be a fast and simple way of clearing up the infection. By starving the virus of oxygen and preventing its spread to other parts of the body, you can speed up the healing process and eliminate the inflammation.
Word of Caution: While Molluscum contagiosum is not a life-threatening infection, it can persist for years if left untreated. Also, infecting friends, family, and others you come into close contact with is unpleasant and unfortunate, so using a combination of home remedies and more formal prescriptions is strongly recommended.