While Frugality Is Free is a frugality blog, the most popular blog post of all time is a post about Molluscum. If you are lucky, you might just ask what is Molluscum? However, if you have encountered the Molluscum virus, you are likely here at Frugality Is Free looking for a solution.
Molluscum is also known as Molluscum Contagiosum, and it is a virus that affects both children and adults. It is as its name implies extremely contagious, and in many cases more than one member of a family is usually affected. Molluscum Contagiosum shows itself through wart-like bumps, but it can also look a bit like pimples.
While Molluscum is not dangerous, the Molluscum bumps can be very bothersome for adults and children, and in some cases childcare centers refuse to accept children with an active case of Molluscum. The Molluscum bumps will usually go away within two years of first exposure, but two years can be a long time especially since Molluscum can spread to the entire body, and it may cause itchiness.
The biggest problem that patients with Molluscum experience is the lack of knowledge from the medical community, and most patients and parents are adviced to leave it alone and let it disappear by itself. This might sound like an inexpensive treatment, but once the Molluscum bumps start multiplying it becomes a big problem. It can put a lot of limits to a person’s life, and it can cause emotional distress as well.
The summer months seem to escalate the spread of Molluscum, as children affected with Molluscum start wearing shorts and tshirts and perhaps go to public pools.
I am not sure where my son first had contact with Molluscum, but we went about a year with it before becoming desperate. For the first six months he only had one bump, then a second appeared, and about a year after contacting Molluscum the bumps began multiplying rapidly. Just as we finally got his bumps under control, our youngest son showed his first bump. Fortunately, he only went about 2 months with the virus, as we knew how to handle it the second time around.
I have writtten two posts about my family’s experience with Molluscum, and if you would like to read more, or if you are in search of a Molluscum cure, you can find them here:
There is in fact a solution, and while it may not work for all, it has worked for my own family and for many of Frugality Is Free readers. While the medical community still continues to advice patients at parents to either wait-it-out, apply expensive creams that may or may not work, or go through costly, painful treatments without a promise of positive results, the home remedy of Apple Cider Vinegar is a frugal way of getting rid of Molluscum.