Jun 252015

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?

Molluscum Contagiosum Apple Cider Vinegar
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.

Kay’s first post:

Thank you JRFrugal! Your post has really encouraged me – I have been reading it over and over to help stay positive. My 15 yr old daughter got a couple of “bumps” in December on one knee. We went to the family doctor in January who gave her an antibiotic. That didn’t work of course and they really started spread. By the time we got into a dermatologist, she had over 40 combined on both legs. We have been 3 times and he freezes them off, but they continue to spread. I found your blog in the middle of the night because I was so upset about how bad her legs look and was searching the internet for help. (The freezing treatment causes them to blister.) This is the 2nd day of 2 ACV baths (each 20 min) and then soaking small bits of cotton balls and covering them with small round bandaids at night. Already, several have turned black after the 1st night and many more have white centers. Others are still puffy, but then some are going flat. I am so encouraged to be seeing such a difference so quickly. (Especially since with the 1st 2 times the Derm froze them they did not react this quickly.) She probably has close to 80 bumps all together.
My question is about the “sun burn look” I am seeing around the spots where the bumps are the worst – any suggestions about how to help the good skin not look so red because I don’t want to discontinue the treatment since we are seeing results? I tried to be more careful about making the ACV cotton very small and I took a q-tip and spread some Vaseline on the red skin. (I used only 1 q-tip per bump and never doubled dipped it in the Vaseline.) I was wondering about applying Aloe Vera on the red skin around the molluscum.
I have so appreciated the tips from this post and other commentators – we are using plastic gloves, using towels only once, she uses paper towels on her legs to dry them, cleaning everything over and over and doing tons of laundry, she never wears pants/pajamas more than once, changing her sheets frequently too. This has been incredibly stressful and continues to be. We are praying that we see complete healing in a few weeks as your child experienced. Thank you again for your very helpful post!


Kay’s last post:


JRFrugal, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for posting all this information!! The ACV baths/bandaids really made all the difference. I had to post one more time and tell you the good news…I took my daughter to the dermatologist today and he confirmed that she is healed!!! We had a rough time, especially these past 2 months. Where the biggest bumps were (about a dozen and they had been frozen several times as well as treated with ACV bandaids), she had a reaction that required steroid cream and our doctor told us to stop the ACV baths so that these bumps could “calm down”. I think what happened is that that we stopped too soon, so when we went back 3 weeks ago she had about 20 new small bumps – although the dozen large bumps were finally flat and no longer active. We were so discouraged. We immediately started up the ACV baths (2x a day for 3 weeks) and I had her apply tea tree oil 2x a day as well. The combination of ACV baths/bandaids and tea tree oil seemed to work well for her. We plan to continue both the ACV baths and tea tree oil for 2 more complete weeks and then slowly taper off through August. The doctor told us that he had never seen anything like it…he was so surprised at how good her legs look compared to 3 weeks ago. :) (She does have scars/discolored spots…but he feels that these should fade away and will likely be completely gone, although it will take awhile.) Again, thank you for taking the time to post all this information. I know this is what my daughter needed to get rid of this horrible virus. Thank you.



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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  2 Responses to “Beat Molluscum with Apple Cider Vinegar”

  1. My son (age 7) was wrestling with a friend at the pool and I noticed the infamous bumps all over his friend. Any ideas on how to prevent my son from developing the bumps since he has been exposed? I soaked him in acv + water immediately when we got home.

    • Gosh, I wish I had an answer for you. About a year ago something similar happened to me, when I realized that my childhood friend’s children had Molluscum … after a day of my kids playing with her kids in close contact. I think the best thing to do is just watch your son closely, and it may take up to 8 – 10 months before you see the first bump, if he did catch it.

      My two sons who previously had MC does not have any signs of it, and my oldest son never got it either. However, my three year old daughter developed her first bump a month or so ago. Now she has four! I’ve been at it with the ACV treatment, after the doctor confirmed that it was Molluscum. If you can catch it before it breaks out all over, I think you’re in good shape.

      With my youngest son I started the MC treatment as soon as I saw his first bump, and I managed to get rid of it in a month or so, although the first treatments did not work. So, I’m hoping that I can get my daughter’s treatment under control this time around too.

      Good luck… and breathe … just a little.

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