Did you or your child just come home from the doctor with a diagnosis of Molluscum Contagiosum? If so, you might be feeling helpless and frustrated. Or perhaps your child has been getting these strange pimple-looking bumps on his or her body, bumps that will not go away, bumps that seem to be multiplying.
You are not alone!
4 years ago the Frugality Is Free family encountered the beast Molluscum Contagiosum. Actually, one of our sons had had a MC bump for a year, before we became concerned. This one pimple-like bump on his belly just kept staying there, and when we took him in for his annual exam, the doctor simply told us not to worry, it would go away by itself. We believed her, until it didn’t… it didn’t go away, in fact it multiplied once the humidity of summer settled in.
This is when we took our son to a dermatologist, who said that that Molluscum is highly contagious, and that while there were no definite cure, there was an expensive cream we could try – which the insurance did not cover.
We went home, we were desperate, and we almost bought that $100+ cream, which may or may not work, and which probably needed to be purchased a few times. Sleepless, helpless and full of worry, I took to the Internet and somehow I came across the words Molluscum and ACV.
I had never been a big believer in alternative medicine, but okay what could go wrong with trying the apple cider vinegar on the Molluscum bumps?
Let me tell you, this day changed a lot. This day I became a believer in natural and alternative medicine. Sure I still turn to western medicine, I take the kids to the doctor, we get all of the vaccinations etc., but I no longer trust everything the doctor says without doing my own research too.
Apple Cider Vinegar has reached gold status in the Frugality Is Free family, and so has it with many other FIF readers. In fact, the most read post at Frugality Is Free – EVER is our post Molluscum Contagiosum Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment from 2011.
Here you can read all about the ACV Molluscum treatment, plus you can read 600+ comments from parents with kids diagnosed with Molluscum or from grown ups and teens themselves battling Molluscum Contagiosum (MC), desperate for a cure.
The following is from WebMD: What is molluscum contagiosum?
Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection that causes small pearly or flesh-colored bumps. The bumps may be clear, and the center often is indented. The infection is caused by a virus. The virus is easily spread but is not harmful.
The bumps are round with a dimple in the center. They are a little smaller in size than the eraser on the end of a pencil. The bumps don’t cause pain. They may appear alone or in groups. They most often appear on the trunk, face, eyelids, or genital area. The bumps may become inflamed and turn red as your body fights the virus.
The virus commonly spreads through skin-to-skin contact. This includes sexual contact or touching the bumps and then touching the skin. Touching an object that has the virus on it, such as a towel, also can spread the infection. The virus can spread from one part of the body to another. Or it can spread to other people, such as among children at day care or school. The infection is contagious until the bumps are gone.
The time from exposure to the virus until the bumps appear usually is 2 to 7 weeks, but it can take up to 6 months
In most cases, molluscum contagiosum doesn’t need to be treated. The bumps usually go away on their own in 6 to 9 months. But in some cases, they may last much longer—sometimes even for years.
One of the most recent comments from a relieved mom sparked today’s post, a little reminder to all of you that if you, or if you know someone who is fighting the Molluscum virus….there is a cure!
Kay first found our Molluscum Contagiosum Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment post in April of this year, and she just let us know that her fifteen year old daughter has been declared Molluscum free by her dermatologist.
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The Molluscum virus has a tendency to spread like wildfire over the summer thanks to all of us taking our kids to the pools, and because the virus seems to thrive in hot, humid areas. So if you or someone you know discovers some mysterious pimple-like bumps anywhere on your body, it might be Molluscum Contagiosum.
The first step is to go to a doctor for a diagnosis, but then before you try expensive, heart-wrenching, painful treatments, please give Apple Cider Vinegar a try. Why not try the natural way first?
Have you or someone you know ever had to deal with Molluscum Contagiosum?
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