This article looks at some home remedies for molluscum contagiosum.
What is molluscum contagiosum?
Molluscum contagiosum is a common and contagious skin condition. It’s caused by a virus and can be spread from person to person by sharing clothes or towels or through direct skin-to-skin contact.
Although it’s most often seen in children, anyone of any age can contract it.
Oftentimes, the only signs of molluscum contagiosum are flesh-colored or pink bumps that appear on the skin. The bumps start out as small, dome-shaped growths that turn red as your immune system fights the virus in your body.
The bumps have a surface that feels waxy, pearly, or smooth. The lesions are painless, but they may itch. A dimple appears in the middle of each bump, and the dimple may be filled with a thick, white substance that’s waxy or cheesy.
Though lesions can appear anywhere on the skin, in adults, bumps typically appear on the neck, face, hands, armpits, and arms.
If you or a family member has molluscum contagiosum, you may be wondering if there are any natural treatments for it. Try using these home remedies to help you get rid of the disease.
Home remedies for molluscum contagiosum
Neem has powerful antiviral properties. It can effectively eliminate the virus that causes molluscum contagiosum.
Boil some neem leaves in a pot of water, and apply the water to the affected areas of your skin when the water has cooled.
You can also bathe with neem-infused water to reap its benefits.
Tea tree oil
Another effective molluscum contagiosum home remedy is tea tree oil.
Put tea tree oil on the affected areas of your skin to diminish mollusca lesions. You can combine the oil with iodine for even better results.
It’s recommended that you use tea tree oil and iodine twice a day to eliminate the lesions caused by molluscum contagiosum.
Coconut oil contains antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.
Putting coconut oil on your irritated skin will reduce the itchiness and inflammation of the mollusca lesions. Coconut oil also kills the virus that causes molluscum contagiosum.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has antiviral and antibacterial properties and is another good molluscum contagiosum home remedy.
Dip a cotton ball into some apple cider vinegar, and dab it directly onto the bumps on your skin. Cover the bumps with a clean bandage.
Repeat this treatment daily until the bumps are gone.
Australian lemon myrtle
Australian lemon myrtle has been studied in the treatment of molluscum contagiosum. In the study, published in the journal Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy, symptoms of molluscum contagiosum decreased by at least 90% when participants applied a 10 percent solution of Australian lemon myrtle mixed with olive oil daily.
According to this research, bumps decreased after 21 days with regular application.
To use Australian lemon myrtle to treat molluscum contagiosum, mix two drops of Australian lemon myrtle with two teaspoons of olive oil. Dip a cotton ball into the solution, and dab it directly onto the lesions on your skin. You can do this one to three times per day.
Though it isn’t dangerous to your health, molluscum contagiosum can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. If you’re suffering from the condition, try one of these home remedies for molluscum contagiosum to relieve its symptoms.