Molluscum Contagiosum

Is a skin virus

Molluscum is a skin virus not a blood virus. It lives on and in the skin.

Molluscum spread over torso of a young girl.

Is highly contagious

Molluscum is so contagious that you can literally catch it from a toilet seat or a door handle.

Molluscum lesion with dimple.

Typically looks like this

A central dimple is the give away for diagnosis, molluscum though is known to mimic other skin diseases. It may not have a dimple, it may be flat, red, pink or white.

Your Options

Many people are advised to just wait it out. This may be fine advice for a few bumps, which are not burst or scratched, and you are not in contact with other people.

This is, of course, rarely the case. The best advice is to take action to stop the spread of the virus across your body and to other people.

The importance of good hygiene

Limit the spread of molluscum with better hygiene procedures.

Topical Lotions & Creams

There are a range of topical lotions and creams available for molluscum contagiosum. Some are specifically for molluscum others are general "cure alls".

Well known and widely used lotions include Molludab, Conzerol, Zymaderm, with the stand-out in terms of effectiveness and ease of use being Mollenol.

Medical procedures

The two common procedures used for molluscum are curette (surgical scrapping) and cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen.

Can I treat myself?

There is much advice on the internet from people who have cured themselves with methods from washing in urine, piercing, squezzing, and taping.

Others use topical skin lotions and liquids. Apple cider vinegar is the best known, but people also report success with alcohol, tea tree, clove, and lemon myrtle. These products are readily available.

Combining some of these methods will increase your probability of success. Across the internet, I have found only one source of a rigorous combined approach. My recommendation if you wish to "do it yourself" is