Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral infection of the skin. While it primarily affects children, it can also occur in adults, especially those with weakened immune systems. Characterized by small, raised, flesh-coloured bumps or lesions on the skin, molluscum contagiosum is typically harmless but can be bothersome due to its appearance and potential for spreading. In this blog post, we’ll delve into what molluscum contagiosum is, explore natural treatment options, and discuss its causes.

What is Molluscum Contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV), a member of the poxvirus family. It spreads through direct skin-to-skin contact or by touching contaminated objects. The virus can thrive in warm, humid environments, making places like swimming pools and gyms common sources of transmission.

The hallmark of molluscum contagiosum is the appearance of small, dome-shaped bumps on the skin, typically measuring 2 to 5 millimetres in diameter. These bumps may be flesh-coloured, pink, or white and often have a dimpled canter. They can occur anywhere on the body but are most commonly found on the face, neck, armpits, arms, and hands.

Natural Treatment Options

While molluscum contagiosum usually resolves on its own within 6 to 12 months, many individuals seek treatment to expedite the healing process and prevent spreading. Natural remedies can complement conventional treatments or be used as standalone options for those preferring a holistic approach. Here are some natural treatment options for molluscum contagiosum:

Tea Tree Oil: Known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties, tea tree oil can help combat the molluscum contagiosum virus. Dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut or olive oil, and apply it directly to the affected areas using a cotton swab.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial properties that may help eliminate the virus. Dab a cotton ball soaked in diluted apple cider vinegar onto the molluscum bumps several times a day.

Aloe Vera: Aloe vera has soothing and healing properties that can alleviate discomfort and promote skin regeneration. Apply aloe vera gel directly onto the molluscum lesions.

Garlic: Garlic contains allicin, a compound known for its antiviral properties. Crush a clove of garlic to release its juices and apply it to the molluscum bumps. Cover with a bandage and leave it on overnight.

If these home remedies are not sufficient to resolve your child’s case of Molluscum in a few weeks  your child may need individualised support for their  immune health and gut health in which case I recommend booking an appointment. 

Causes of Molluscum Contagiosum

Understanding the causes of molluscum contagiosum can help individuals take preventive measures to reduce their risk of infection. Here are some key factors contributing to the spread of the virus:

1. Direct Contact: Molluscum contagiosum spreads through direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected individual. Avoiding close contact with someone who has molluscum lesions can help prevent transmission.

2. Contaminated Objects: The virus can survive on surfaces such as towels, clothing, and toys, making it easy to spread through indirect contact. Practice good hygiene, such as regularly washing hands and disinfecting shared items, to reduce the risk of contamination.

3. Skin Trauma: Skin that is damaged or compromised due to cuts, abrasions, or eczema is more susceptible to molluscum contagiosum infection. Take precautions to protect the skin, especially in high-risk environments like swimming pools and sports facilities.

4. Weakened Immune System: Individuals with weakened immune systems are at greater risk of developing severe or persistent cases of molluscum contagiosum.  Individual support for their gut health and immune health is needed. 

In conclusion, molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that can be effectively managed with natural remedies and preventive measures. Natural approaches offer safe and gentle alternatives for those seeking holistic care. By understanding the causes and transmission routes of molluscum contagiosum, individuals can take proactive steps to protect themselves and others from infection. 

If you suspect you have molluscum contagiosum or have concerns about your treatment approach book a consultation with Jean