What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #100 on: 03/11/2006 19:08:31 »
Hi all,
       This was the first and best forum that I have found to help me treat and deal with my molluscum. I came here about 2 months ago to get advice and this is my first post. A quick history, I found the first bumps on my stomach, about belly button level (a little lower) and to the left. I though maybe they were just zits as I had dealt with cysts and zits in my pubic region before. I have eczema and psoriasis and have had a very difficult time over the years with conditions that can be instigated, aggrivated, and created by endless scratching and itching. I finally realized that the cause of my cystic acne was from poor moisturization on my back and neck, but it did take going on a very powerful anti-inflamatory medication [amnesteem] to get calm the flair ups. Just as things were going well with one skin condition (no new cysts in almost 3 weeks!) I noticed the the molluscum. My Derm was on vacation so I had to wait almost 2 months before I got in to see him and ask him about the bumps that ended up being molluscum.


     When I started I had atleast 40 bumps. They were all hidden in my pubic hair, and so I only noticed the ones on my stomach without realizing that there were many, many more. I still think the ones on my stomach were the first as those were definately bigger then the other ones I discovered, but not for long. I first did the freezing method, and obviously didn't like it for many of the reasons stated by others, some of the bumps dissappeared some came back. A month later I did some sort of plant extract that causes a chemical blister. This seems to have a better affect on the bumps, but some how it also spread on to my genitalia and the next day I had blisters all over my testes and penis (very F-ing painful). In the meantime I've been taking thuja occidentals, silicea and calc carb (all homeopathic, but I'm not sure if they're helping at all). Furthermore, I have been taking multivitamens to boost my immune system, and using tea tree oil and iodine over the area. When i first started I had no bumps on my penis, now it seems that there may be one or two right on the base of it. Yesterday I finally tried the squeezing method, extracting the core by myself from the 20 or so lesions that were still left after the last blistering treatment, this has been the method that I am the most happy with at this point.

Its hard to tell at this point how many lesions I may still have. I'm not sure if the blistered ones will come back as a few did after freezing and I'm not sure if the squeezed ones will heal fully either, furthermore I'm quit certain that I will keep finding new ones coming up. However, at this point I have gone from about 40 active molluscum bumps to about 7, with another 25 I'm waiting on to see how they heal. If 90% of those heal and I'm down to a managable 10-12 in 2 weeks I'll be happy.

I think the key to this is to try and reduce the spreading as much as possible (so that you can concentrate on healing the ones you have and not worry about new ones coming up), which seems very difficult. I will continue to allow the derm to treat the molluscum, as well as doing my at home treatments. I trust my treatments more, but would feel foolish not trying what seems to be the generally "accepted" medical practices. I am also going to ask about the aldara cream. I'm afraid that the cystic acne medication i'm taking is reducing my body's own ability to fight the virus and infection of molluscum, and I certainly wonder if the onset of molluscum is related to starting the other treatment. I only have a month left of the acne treatments so I'm not going quit now, but it will be interesting to see how the molluscum reacts when that treatment ends.

One side note, I've noticed that many people have talked about having a severe illness, virus, sickness, ect in the spring wich rocked their immune systems prior to finding molluscum. It might be coincidence but I had a very similar thing occur to me. The doctors at my school clinic tried to treat my cysts with an anti-biotic  last spring, however they gave me a penicillin derivitive (and I'm allergic to penicillin, which they knew, but "forgot" I suppose), so I ended up in the hospital. Then my derm gave me another anti-biotic which landed me in the hospital two more times. Then when i was finally healthy i started my most recent treatment which has helped the cysts, but essentially coincided with the molluscum.

Otherwise, I'm a very healthy "athlete" type individual. I run during the warm months and lift weights during the cold. I eat very very health, though I do smoke and drink (you have to allow some vices in life). I have continued to lift weights, though only at home and not to the point of causing a sweat (just so I can still feel healthy and somewhat active). I have tried to avoid the paranoia some people have felt. I have dealt with many skin conditions, and often times wish I could trade mine in for someone elses. It is very difficult to deal with this especially since I'm supposed to see my long distance gf in about a month and probably will not be able to touch her, although I wonder if I got it from her this summer anyway.

Well I'm not sure if that helps anyone, but it sure felt good to write it all out. Anyone who has questions feel free to email me at locke4444@hotmial.com. I'll post back about what my derm says about the aldara cream, and how my "home treated" bumps respond as compared to my clinically treated bumps.

-Matt

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #101 on: 06/11/2006 07:04:08 »

I just tried your advice on my molluscum. 

Background. I'm 25 and I was diagnosed as having molluscum a yr ago probably due to sexual intercorse about a year ago.  Back then it went away with a freezing and some retin-A after about 2 months.  Well about 2 months ago it came back after being gone for a year. I think it came back due to sexual intercorse again.

This time i tried the same treatment (freezing done twice over 3 wks, and applying retin A[retinol]) This time it didnt work as well.  I would freeze them then they'd shrink and turn black.  Then the tips would scab off only to show smaller clusters beneath which would regrow into larger clusters, greyish in color.  So since this hasn't seemed to work i tried the above remedy (popping them)

Surprizingly they  come off quite easy just pinching them off and getting the insides squeezed out.  I just tried this on 4 of my 16 molluscum lesions.  They came off quite easily w/ a fair amount of blood and a liitle pain.

Although i just tried this it looks like i'm getting good results as the whole wart just gets picked off.  After a couple days healing (& applying alcohol to clean and some neosporin) i will start picking off the rest of these nasty boogers. Its surprizing how easy and effective just squeezing these things out is...  (i should have just done this wks ago as i'm avoiding sex which has been quite an annoyance... [:(!])


I'll report back here in  a couple days as to how it develops  If this little experiment works then i'd suggest everyone just try it on at least one lesion and if it works on that one then try it on the rest...
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Alright guys it's been just 5 days since I picked my molluscum off as i described above.  It is 95% gone.   I had it in the pubic region, about 15 nasty bumps.  They got nastier after i froze them. I think the freezing made them greyish and lumpy and they just needed to be picked off after that. 

I wish i had just picked them off myself a few wks ago because i'm loving the results i'm getting (i had 2 bad outbreaks over the past year and could have avoided this if i just did this earlier). Now there are just a few small scabs where they used to be and the scabs are healing very well.

good luck everyone! i'm very happy!

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #102 on: 11/02/2007 07:47:07 »
Well, I dont know about the rest of you but I just cant shake molluscum. At first I was really positive about it and I went to the dermatologist. I did some research before I went and found that cantharidin is the best...I searched the dermatologists in my area for the one that does use cantharidin and went to see him. He did crysurgery + podophilox because he said that cantharidin was to strong for the shaft of the penis which is where most of my molluscum were. Just as I suspected this barelly worked taking away only about a single molluscum each visit. He also gave me aldara which cleared most of the ones that werent on shaft. I knew he wasnt scaming me because he said that after the third time I probably wouldnt even need to visit him and to just keep applying aldara.

Well aldara was having a really hard time taking care of the ones on the shaft so I decided to use the plucking with fingers method after showers. I started taking echinacea pills with vitamin C and zinc included. I would come out of the shower, pluck it, use betadine solution to clean up blood and then apply neosporin. I did this for two months and I did have a clear area or I do for about a week or so before a new one appears. I can also kind of tell when a new one is about to appear because I feel this tingling on the skin of the shaft before a new one appears. I can almost perfectly time it too, my penis tingles for about three days and then BAM, a new one appears, which of course I pluck out as soon as I see.

So, I am shure some of you might be thinking, well whats the problem, you pluck it each time and you go on with your life. Yes, but the thing is that the girls I talk to are great people and I dont want to pass this on to them. I am not shure why it keeps coming back. I did notice burning in my thigh which comes and goes. I got tested for stds twice since I got molluscum and both times Ive been told that I have nothing except this molluscum which "I shouldnt worry about, because it will go away".

One thing as well is that I was told I have heart problems after having done an EKG because of chest pains and tingling that I keep feeling. I was suposed to go to a cardiologist but I lost my inshurance before I got a chance.

So I am wondering if there is anyone else out there whose bumps keep coming back after plucking as well. Or if anyone knows if heart problems are associated with them coming back.
 

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #103 on: 22/02/2007 23:37:35 »
More info...well now I am not so shure that the spots I see are molluscum. Because these spots are different in that they are flat and white and not really shiny. I started to use aldara on them again and after two weeks of use, more of these white spots started apearing. I started to do some research on aldara and I came across some shocking sh1t...http://www.newstarget.com/019906.html
I am not shure what these white spots are, perhaps irritated hair follicles or just pigment that messed up? anyway...maybe someone has had same problems with aldara?

anyway, I am so parranoid I cant even figure out whats molluscum and what a follicle on my penis anymore...
« Last Edit: 22/02/2007 23:43:24 by manwithmolluscum »
 

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #104 on: 07/03/2007 13:36:14 »
I've had this stupid molluscum for 3 months now and it's so frustrating.  I have no desire to have them burned off or scraped out just for them to come back [:-\].  What has worked for me is applying tea tree oil to the papules 4 times a day, using an herbal detox kit to boost my immune system, drinking lots of water, taking thuja, and echinacea pills.  I know it sounds like a lot but it seems to be shortening the life of these little monsters.

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #105 on: 24/04/2007 09:21:36 »
hey manwithmolluscum... if you look above i had a post where i was happy with my picking...

well after picking for a month or so they went away... then they returned in december 06... i've been picking them off once  a week now and like you describe they just pop back up in the same spots... i use bentadine etc as i state above. it obviously isn't working as well as i once thought.  tomorrow i'm actually going to the dermatologist and will have him freeze it again

if anyone wants more info email me    juanalvy @ yahoo dot com

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #106 on: 09/05/2007 20:34:59 »
Try AUSTRALIN LEMON MYRTLE. Both my daughters have had molluscum (at separate times). My eldest has been left with a lot of scars on her legs and stomach from this.  When my youngest was 4 the doctors again showed no interest in the fact she had it and said it would go, but cause my eldest had had it for 2 years I knew I had to do something. My friend is a beauty therapist so she asked the company who she orders her oils from(Essentially Oil Ltd tel 01608 659544) if they had an answer.  They suggested Australian Lemon Mertyl. I mixed this 3 parts Olive oil 1 part lemon myrtle   I dabbed this on all her spots (she had around 150) at bed time and within 2 weeks they had all gone.  At least give it a try cause it only cost a couple of pound. I got a couple of spots on my arms but squeezed these out which was gross!!  I have now been trying this on there warts and veruccas for 1 week but nothing seems to be happening yet.  It makes the room smell nice though!

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #107 on: 21/05/2007 07:32:37 »
here i go sounding dumb again! what are these things? i've never heard of this before. how do you get it?

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #108 on: 04/06/2007 05:43:44 »
Try the following method. It's almost painless and superficial.
Use a CLEAN needle to laterally nick and flip the very top stratum corneum, then apply 2% iodine Tincture to kill the virus and prevent infection. The lesion should go away. Make sure you deal with each lesion until there is no more coming out.
This helped lots of patient in my homeland and hopefully it's also useful to you.

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #109 on: 14/06/2007 13:05:50 »
My 10 year old has had MC for about 2/3 months.  We tried the usual oils /  creams, thuja, tea tree etc and nothing seemed to work.  2 weeks ago we started giving garlic in tablet form, and now the MC have shrunk and disappeared. Could just be coincidence I suppose.

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #110 on: 14/06/2007 13:20:09 »
Hi Steveyett - welcome to TNS! I hope you find all you need here!

A laymans view - An active ingredient from garlic - allicin - has been used to get rid of Molluscum contagiosum, but only as an on-skin remedy. I've not seen anything about ingestion of allicin and remedial influences of Molluscum contagiosum. However, Molluscum contagiosum is active for 2-3 months anyway, before (usually) clearing, so as you say, perhaps coincidence?

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #111 on: 21/06/2007 02:33:29 »
Hi,

I am 15 years old and worried that I may have Molluscum but im afraid to tell my parents or anyone for that matter but it really freaks me out. They formed on my testicles about a month or two ago and I was wondering what I should do? I'm not a 100% sure but i've done research on it and its the only thing that appears like it could be what I have. I also am worried about it spreading because out of nowhere i've been getting things that appear to be bug bites on me but they don't quite look like them and they itch bad and on the big ones theres a little dot in the center... Someone please help me. Is there anything that i can find in my cabinets and descretely use?
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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #112 on: 29/06/2007 20:41:11 »
Hi,
Can I say thanks to Suzi who recommended AUSTRALIAN LEMON MYRTLE higher up the thread!!!  [;D]  My daughter had molluscum on her stomach for months. I tried tea tree and betadine (iodine), thuja and echinacea to no avail. When I read Suzi's message I thought I'd give the lemon myrtle a go.  I have been applying it mixed with olive oil as described. I applied it for about 2 weeks. The spots all got massive (you know - how they go before they go on their own), they all developed 'heads' and then went really red around them. At this point they looked worse I must say!! However, knowing that my daughters molluscum spots looked like this before they go I knew it was OK. It seemed like her body had finally realised they were there and started to react to them.  At this point I stopped the lemon myrtle and left them - it would have stung if I'd put it on I'm sure.  Within another week or so they all took it in turns to bleed and scab up.  Now they are very nearly gone. Literally there are a couple of scabs to fall off. Another one came upon her bottom and that has also scabbed up without any treatment straight away. There are no signs of any more popping up. 

I had to register to the site so I could post this!!! Thanks again Suzi - hope you read this.  TRY IT. I got it from the company mentioned by Suzi and it was 6 for a larger size bottle. Just rang them and they posted it.

Also I'm sure that picking them works too - but only for that individual spot? My son had some on the back of his head!! He is only one so couldn't ban me from picking them like my daughter did. I was not allowed to touch hers - only to apply whatever stuff I was trying at the time! I got a sterile needle and pricked my sons spots as soom as they were big enough. He never felt a thing! They then bled a lot and went within a few days. One came back so I repeated the procedure and that one went.  So far no more have appeared.  If they do, it will be lemon myrtle for him too!!

Hope this helps someone..............Good luck. Molluscum is vile isn't it!
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« Reply #113 on: 23/07/2007 04:27:42 »
yes, molluscum is vile, ive had it for a short two months and i do say short cause ive read how long many people have had it and how it keeps coming back. Im terrified, i already ordered dermisil, has anyone tried it? I just finished using aldara for six days but ive read some stuff about it and decided to stop using it. Any comments?

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« Reply #114 on: 23/07/2007 04:30:11 »
also im thinking of going on vacation but am afraid it might make it worse with the humidity and heat.. please comment

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #115 on: 23/07/2007 15:47:57 »
well, had a terrible night, couldnt sleep  and im worried sick about this. How come nobody has posted anything since last month? And what has been the improvement on all the people who wrote before? Im off smoking (anything) cause i know it diminishes your immune system and ill begin taking garlic and other available substances. Oh  and a message to all the false testimonials from vendors: You obviously know how bad it is what youre doing so if i were you, id refrain from praying on people with health problems, its gonna catch up with you.
To everyone else: please get back to writing your reports and so on. It makes a huge difference for people like myself. And by the way.. im wearing duct tape and i feel weird, does it really work for anything?

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #116 on: 25/07/2007 19:49:28 »
Hi everyone,
Well, I have had MC for 6 - 7 months, and was diagnosed around the time I found out I was pregnant...great!
The GUM clinic froze most of them about 5 months ago and you know what I would definitely not recommend this method. Ok, -it has its pros & cons. The ones that she froze don't seem to have returned, but about 20 more have so you will probably need to make numerous trips to the clinic. For about 2 weeks after they had been frozen they looked DISGUSTING - purple, huge. Once they had settled (and this is the reason I decided not to go back for more freezing) they left a bright purple scar, 5 months later the scars are brown & less noticeable but are still pretty visible. So imagine if you have to keep going back your going to end up with a groin covered in loads of nasty spotty scars for a long time! - if your in a relationship & your partner knows about your prob not so bad, but not great in other circumstances!

What definitely made them worse was origionally shaving. And waxing...that is a BIG no no and is the cause of my current vicious outbreak.

So, I have been using 'THUJA' topically for 2 weeks. This definitly worked on some but seemed to do nothing for the others, so I would say to anyone give it a try because there is no scarring with it. Thuja is supposed to work with your immune system so you would imagine it would be a better bet in the long run because freezing/picking etc doesn't deal with the cause of the problem I assume.Anyway the bottle has run out so I'm moving on tho the next experiment!

I'm going to give the 'popping' & 'pee' method a go, and stop having baths but showers instead and I will update on my progress soon.

Fingers crossed.

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #117 on: 25/07/2007 20:10:37 »
Thought I would add this, hope I am on to something that will be helpful to others. None of what I am posting is new either, but I think it gets lost in the myriad of desperate remedies out there. I'm hoping to offer this and hopefully people can share their progress with it. For the sake of reference, I'll call it the "silver immune booster remedy".

History: My daughter had this twice. First time about 2 years ago (13 yo) and the last a month ago. The first time my daughter got it it was under her arm and I didn't find out she had it for about 8 weeks. Then my wife told me about it because she had my daughter diagnosed and they were getting worried. I was concerned about the treatments I read because of the possibility of scarring and duration of the outbreaks. I decided to research online and read numerous posts about remedies. After all my reading I created this "recipe".

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1. Ultra Colloidal Silver 10ppm (Only 4 dropper fulls a day, less than they recommend. Too much silver intake can cause a condition known as argyria. Read about it if you are concerned. It is the essential ingredient IMO though)
2. B-Complex
3. Multi-vitamin
4. Immune system booster (this is open, this time I used an expensive one that listed many various immune boosting ingredients like echinacea)
5. Thuja Occidentalis (Optional - we didn't use this the second time - worked without it, but we did the first time.)
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Within two weeks of trying these supplements, my daugher's MC completely cleared up. This latest time, my daughter started the supplements within 10 days of her first outbreaks and two weeks later she has no new outbreaks and looks clean.

No expensive treatments, no painful, scarring procedures. Just about $50 - $70 worth of herbal remedies. The one name brand I would recommend is Source Naturals for the colloidal silver because I think the silver is key to the treatment and we used that brand both times. Aside from that, buy what ever brand you want. We also split it up so my daughter took the silver and multi-vitamin at night, and the rest in the morning.

Some other notes about MC, just my opinion and some are well known insights:
* Lower immune system makes you more susceptible
* Like cold sores, some people just seem to be more prone to get them. I have 3 daughters and only one has gotten them.
* If you get them once you will probably get them again.
* The medical community sees it as a nuisance only, so not much research on it.
* Many medical treatments only address the symptoms (caustic creams, scraping) and do not halt more outbreaks. I think these should be strongly avoided if possible, IMHO.

Anyway, if you try this, please post back with your experience. I can't guarantee success, as it seems different people respond differently. Also, I offer this only as advice and much of my information is anecdotal. If you have adverse reactions to any of the supplements I mentioned stop using them immediately. It would be nice to get some feedback if this works effectively on a consistent basis though.

Good luck to everyone.

 

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« Reply #118 on: 26/07/2007 02:53:47 »
thanks to the people who are back in the forum (rickyd & fed.up.), we all need the support from others suffering this. Specially parents and the feedback we're giving eachother is better than most visits to the doctor, i'm now taking echinacea, garlic every other day and started ..yes, picking the small ones coming up. It's still too early to say, specially since my pubic hair grew back but i think it's actually working. I'm also applying a thuja based oil, other times i'm using my own urine. I'm not a drinker but smoking is definetely off my list now. And i'm duct taping all the visible ones and the ones i've picked. So here's ashort list of what i'm doing to get rid of this:
-Aldara when i go to bed whenever i have it (it's really expensive).
-Thuja oil (dermisil, sorry for the advertisement, will let you know if it works though) day and night. NO ALDARA ON OPEN WOUNDS
-Urine which even though i don't use when i'm around people, it's surprisingly not that smelly.
-picking after showers, only now that i'm down to a few. Later applying iodine and NO ALDARA ON OPEN WOUNDS.
-Duct tape on the active ones or the ones recently picked
-Echinacea pills for the immune system along with
-Pure garlic. I either eat it or as an ointment with olive oil and iodine.
and last but not least.. try to be happy, go watch a funny movie or something, your body is healthier when you're happy or at least having a few laughs.
I know NO sex is a hard one for a lot of us but sh**** that's how i got it i'm pretty sure, someone that had it thought it was ok to have sex after a long period of quarantine but i guess it wasn't enough or i wouldn't have the pleasure of getting to know all you beatiful people. God bless and best of luck.

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« Reply #119 on: 28/07/2007 05:38:14 »
hi chris.. anyone? I'm getting really scared.. i've done so many things to controll and fight this but now i think it's actually spreading faster. Not big ones like the ones i first got but small ones all over my body, i'm ready for anything, oral drugs and the works. I asked about griseofulvin in my country but it seems they've never heard of it. I got some five free aldara sachets and bought another six but at the rate it is increasing i don't know what to do anymore..  please, someone help.

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #120 on: 30/07/2007 23:46:15 »
mc,

Did you try the remedy I listed a few posts above? Please try it. The first time my daughter tried it she had been battling the recurring bumps/rash for 8 weeks and within 2 weeks everything was gone. The second time she started taking it it cleared up right away. The colloidal silver is a key element, I can't stress my belief of that enough, but also use the B-Complex and an immune booster. Maybe my daughter just responded well to it, or maybe she was lucky, but at least try it. All the items only cost $40 or $50 if you skip the Thuja and we never messed with anything other than what I listed (no picking, duct tape, oil, etc).
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« Reply #121 on: 30/07/2007 23:48:21 »
mc,

Also, the thuja we tried the first time was not an oil, it was taken orally (a liquid I believe). But again, we didn't use it the second time and she still cleared up.

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #122 on: 02/08/2007 05:25:24 »
Thanks so much. Just came back from three days guiding clients up a mountain, which means no shower, etc. And i'm dead worried 'cause i'm leaving for a surfing beach tomorrow and none of those ingredients will be available but i will try your advice.. thank you so much for responding. Be well

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #123 on: 03/08/2007 21:39:03 »
Try AUSTRALIN LEMON MYRTLE. Both my daughters have had molluscum (at separate times). My eldest has been left with a lot of scars on her legs and stomach from this.  When my youngest was 4 the doctors again showed no interest in the fact she had it and said it would go, but cause my eldest had had it for 2 years I knew I had to do something. My friend is a beauty therapist so she asked the company who she orders her oils from(Essentially Oil Ltd tel 01608 659544) if they had an answer.  They suggested Australian Lemon Mertyl. I mixed this 3 parts Olive oil 1 part lemon myrtle   I dabbed this on all her spots (she had around 150) at bed time and within 2 weeks they had all gone.  At least give it a try cause it only cost a couple of pound. I got a couple of spots on my arms but squeezed these out which was gross!!  I have now been trying this on there warts and veruccas for 1 week but nothing seems to be happening yet.  It makes the room smell nice though!

My daughter aged nearly 4 has molluscum under her arm, spreading to her side and I am completely bamboozled by all the different suggestions, but this sounds promising, especially since I just looked up Aussie Lemon Myrtle on Wikipedia and it was cited as being an alternative cure for molluscum, and as having been used as a cure by Australian aborigines since time immemorial. I feel more comfortable using something like this than some quack silver remedy for which you pay megabucks...

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #124 on: 03/08/2007 21:54:32 »
Again on the topic of Australian Lemon Myrtle, I have found another article which seems very positive: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6VKN-4BRT3RB-1&_user=10&_coverDate=05%2F31%2F2004&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=9411cab238d307011c1c4ef47bea5c67  hope this link works, it's to another forum which again seems to give credence to this stuff.  I'm going to try and buy some on Monday, will let  you know how it goes. Thanks again to Suzy, whom I got the idea from originally.

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #125 on: 10/08/2007 20:52:27 »
Hi,
just to update following my previous post (on page 5 I think). I posted to say how Australian Lemon Myrtle was clearing my daughters molluscum up which she had had for months. Well about a week after my last post it had completely gone. Now, a few weeks later still all gone and not a scar to be seen. I think it has done the trick. It is so cheap and easy to use I would really  recommend that people do give it a go. I am now using the remainder of my bottle as a room fragrance!!!!!! [;D]

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #126 on: 13/08/2007 04:13:21 »
mrsturn, glad the lemon myrtle is another tool in our arsenal we can try. moragtoerag, hope you weren't referring to my post when you said quack silver treatment. All the herbal supplements I mentioned cost less than $60 or 70 combined. And if you don't buy the Thuja it's probably less than $40. I really think it works, it's been 100% effective for us - very quick, reliable, and pain-free. I would recommend people at least try it and if possible post results back here. The more experiences with treatments all of us share the better.

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #127 on: 15/08/2007 01:12:40 »
Ok, I signed up just to post on this thread.  I've had molluscum for nearly a year.  I am an otherwise healthy adult male, 28 years old.  I got it from my girlfriend who never really showed any signs of it, all I can think is that she had it briefly and then her body developed the immunity shortly thereafter and she is clean.

I have tried everything.  Literally everything.  I've tried the silvercure, no change.  I've tried zymaderm, no change.  Comfrey ointment, no change.  Salycic acid, no change.  Benzoyl peroxide, no change.  I've popped them and cleaned the area with iodine and neosporin.  I've used witch hazel, aloe vera, honey, tea tree oil, etc.  I use fresh towels, change my boxers 3 times a day.  Every time when I think its starting to disappear, I'll find 7-8 more spots, all small, but very evident.  I've been to the dermatologists, I've tried aldara and condylox. 

Orally I've taken aloe vera, milk thistle, thuja, sulpher, lysine, zinc, histamine blockers, vitamins, echinacea, various immune system pills, colloidal silver, burdock root, various green teas, and the list goes on. 

I've done research on lemon myrtle and have like 200 dollars in products on order because at this point I will do anything.  I don't understand this at all.  Its as though no research is being done.  I have become a hermit, I have no self esteem, I'm depressed, and its become an obsession.  You can't even live your life. 

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #128 on: 15/08/2007 02:32:06 »
Australian Lemon Myrtle - Any recommendations where I can buy the Australian Lemon Myrtle in the US.  Either a store or online?

Also, any suggestions on how to apply it?  Thanks, Tony

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #129 on: 15/08/2007 04:58:48 »
http://www.libertynatural.com   - you can order online, or you even can call and order.  They are out of Oregon, and are actually much cheaper than anyplace else. 

http://www.sasa.com - You can order various lemon myrtle lotions, soaps, etc.  They are stationed out of Hong Kong, but they ship internationally and after a certain dollar amount, ship free.  Much quicker and cheaper than ordering from Australia, where 99% of the world's market for lemon myrtle resides.

Hope this helps.

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #130 on: 17/08/2007 23:37:59 »
I ordered the Lemon Myrtle oil, but while waiting for it to arrive in the post decided to buy some Teatree oil as it was also mentioned in this forum. (I had got to that stage where you have to do something, anything, straight away!!) I have been dabbing it on my 4 year old's armpits and stomach with a cotton bud for three weeks now, and within a week the difference was astounding. The spots that were really red and angry-looking are now barely visible. However, three new tiny warts have appeared near the first large wart on her belly, it's almost as if the virus has given up the fight in the armpit and is moving on to new pastures.  Having said that, I am really pleased with the teatree oil, so much that I haven't even got round to using the lemon myrtle yet.

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #131 on: 18/08/2007 21:13:40 »
Hi Moragtoerag!

I think that the red angry molluscum are the ones that are about to go away naturally anyway. They seem to have to get really big and nasty before they go (well all my daughters did anyway). They seem to just sit there for a few weeks not doing anything, before they get nasty and go. I always thought they looked worse before they went. Once they are red and big they seem to go quickly. In my experience the Lemon Myrtle (diluted with olive oil -  1 part lemon to 3 parts olive oil) seemed to make them all big and red.In fact they seemed to take it in turns to bleed and then scab up - then go. It didn't take long to work either. Good luck anyway. We are still molluscum free......

Notf - it will go away  - really. I didn't have it myself but my daughter had it for months. She is too little to be embarrassed but I was a bit - especially when other people saw them. I'm sure it is terrible to have as an adult. You sound so fed up - I hope all the lemon myrtle stuff you have ordered works for you. I only go the one bottle of the oil and that did it.  Fingers crossed. x
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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #132 on: 19/08/2007 11:32:41 »
It almost sounds as if every product has been flooding websites where people look up info onthis disease.. you people will ALL get what you deserve, even if you don't believe in god..  having trouble sleeping already knowing that you are basically sh*t ?!?  Don't worry you will.
And to everybody out there who is suffering,  truly: Best of luck, good wishes to you all.

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #133 on: 19/08/2007 11:44:52 »
notf, i don't know what to say.. try to juice up everything else about your life that is good. And just keep your guard up, make it a normal reflex to take all precautions but at the same time don't let it become an obsession. Life is still out there and it's good, i know it sounds like an easy thing to say but trust me.. mine just got way worse, i know what your going through. Chin up an'kep fighting ''IT''. Not yourself  GOD BLESS

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #134 on: 23/08/2007 19:06:56 »
well, RE my post on page 5 about trying pee & colloidal silver - I gave up on that quite quick.
> I had so many I seemed to be smothering my groin in pee which just seemed naff.
> I was dowsing the area with colloidal silver aswell...then the itching began. I don't know what caused it, I was washing daily. But anyway this intense itch all over the area began so I stopped using both, that was like three weeks ago - & ITS STILL ITCHING!!

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #135 on: 23/08/2007 19:10:39 »
...Maybe I'm not a good guinie pig due to being pregnant & as I keep being told "the immune system does strange things during this time". I went back to thuja cream but for some reason they itch like never before. Some did go, once again some new ones came. But I definitely agree with the others who say they swell up before they dissapear...so maybe they're doing that but just taking extra long with the swelling process!

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #136 on: 23/08/2007 19:12:16 »
Well, I guess I'll just have to take a back seat with the fight until the sprog arrives then go into full blown battle mode. Only 4 weeks to go!!

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #137 on: 25/08/2007 01:37:25 »
hi fed up.. don't give up girl, i just finished my three hours minimum a day of studying and researching on this disease and i have so much to tell every body but it's so much information.. by the way congrats on the upcoming beautiful baby you're about to have! And about pee and the silver: Well silver is claimed to work but is somewhat dangerous, i'm sure your body, allthough it can't defend itself from MC yet, it did react to all topical remedies. About the urine, it does seem to work a little on decreasing spread and soothing itch, plus it's sterile and it comes from your body. So i wouldn't worry about that one. But i'd stop using any strong remedies such as silver specially since you are pregnant and silver is known to be a little harsh on the human body. Do your own research, u don't have to take my word for it. Also there seems to be some itching from the spread of the virus because of the alterations it provokes on your skin. Thuja although maybe not a miracle cure, is at least natural but in the high concentrations that we use it, may cause some irritation. In my case i used thuja oil and it had a "nice" burning sensation but i ran out, was too expensive and some of the flaking off of my skin may have been due to that.  In conclusion; never too much of a good thing. Don't think that having tons of different products is going to work faster. I'm going to try lemon myrtle not because of the testimonials, which you and i know half (and im not talking about any speciffic) are just out there to make you spend money  but because there is way more scientific studies been conducted in a methodic way that have shown that it is working. Mind you it's not a miracle cure but at least it's safer. Same studies have been performed to determine just how toxic Backhousia citridoria aka lemon myrtle is on human skin and it turns out it is quite toxic if not dilluted. But once you mix it with olive oil down t at least 10% Aussie LMyrtle there are no adverse effects and again, proper scientific studies proved it works. Check out the modern day library(internet)and try to read only serious
non-advertisement medical articles.   Nuff said, take care and be happy, during my study hours i come upon sh*t that makes you re-think feeling unlucky for having this. Remember smallpox? Have you seen pictures of the babies? I did and i felt like an idiot for having the "why me" complaint. molluscum goes away even if it takes five years and it doesnt kill you or anybody around you. Don't get me wrong, i hate it with all my guts but sh*t allways happens, it's how you react to it that really matters. It spread all over my body after going mountain climbing which is my job (kiss that goodbye) and couldn't take a shower in three days and combined sweat with below freezzing temps. Add a three week surftrip on rain polluted beaches and you have a body full of spread lesions when actually before that ordeal i was down to a handful. Was it worthy it? F*ck  yeah i had a summer to remember and all i'm missing out on is sex and no other human being was involved in my disease. I can't go climbing anymore at least until i bring it down to a handful or zero lesions again but the message here is go on with your life and just do what it takes without hurting yourself or others. Oh and aldara kills people too. So does silver and most stuff that's out there and even the natural remedies if you overdo it, take care everyone. good luck and lots of love

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #138 on: 26/08/2007 00:32:51 »
hi, new here, molluscum all over my hand.  IT sucks because in a situations where I have to shake someones hand, I have to offer my left, which always throws them off, probably annoys them too.  Anyways, I was looking into lemon myrtle and came upon a site that mentioned that zymaderm was created by the same people that did the lemon myrtle study.  Is this true?  I've read mixed reviews on that stuff.
thanks!

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #139 on: 26/08/2007 00:37:04 »
oh yeah, I've had this for about a month or two. I've been using everything from retin-a, to anti-fungal cream, to grape seed extract.  I've noticed the anti fungal cream tends to reduce it, but not elimate them. Right now I just started using silvercure and taking Tagamet pills.  I read somewhere that tagamet is supposed to help.  I think its on the CDC website.

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #140 on: 27/08/2007 21:28:50 »
''I'm going to try lemon myrtle not because of the testimonials, which you and i know half (and im not talking about any speciffic) are just out there to make you spend money''  quote 'mc'

I can assure you that I have no interest in making anyone spend money 'mc' . Lemon myrtle worked for my daughter and I was over the moon - that is my reason for posting. It is cheap (less than 5). Buy it from wherever you like. Or don't bother. Please yourself.  [::)]
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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #141 on: 28/08/2007 00:03:27 »
I was recently diagnosed- only about 3 weeks ago.  I had only a few spots at the time, less than 10.  My doctor put a chemical on which was quite painful and turned my skin purple.  She told me they would be completely gone in 5-7 days and that it shouldn't come back. I went to my follow up appointment 10 days later, and they were still there, with a couple of additional spots as well. She treated them again, and told me to wait two weeks before calling again.  The larger spots are gone with only a scab remaining, but the smaller leisons are just the same, as if the chemical had no effect at all. 

The doctor I saw the second time (a different one)told me that it was no big deal at all, that it would be gone within a few weeks and told me I could even have sex as long as I used a condom.  I have since done a large amount of research, and am shocked that she told me I could have sex at all. I have an appointment with a dermatologist in two weeks to see what she reccommends. I have also ordered the lemon myrtle as well as the tea tree oil and thuja (although I was confused if people take the tablets or actually apply oil to the bumps). 

I guess I didn't realize how bad it could get until I read all these posts. A problem that I thought would go away within a few weeks, apparently last for years. I guess I just wonder if the brave people who post on this forum are typical, or a minority of the population with Molluscum. 
Anyway, I also wondered which removal methods done by dermatologists have the smallest chance for scarring.  Any comments are appreciated.  Thank you.
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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #142 on: 28/08/2007 01:26:53 »
''I'm going to try lemon myrtle not because of the testimonials, which you and i know half (and im not talking about any speciffic) are just out there to make you spend money''  quote 'mc'

I can assure you that I have no interest in making anyone spend money 'mc' . Lemon myrtle worked for my daughter and I was over the moon - that is my reason for posting. It is cheap (less than 5). Buy it from wherever you like. Or don't bother. Please yourself.  [::)]
hey, will this stuff work? http://www.amazon.com/Primavera-Lemon-Myrtle-organic/dp/B000FSYYGI/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-6727356-4307134?ie=UTF8&s=beauty&qid=1188260683&sr=8-1

thanks!

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #143 on: 28/08/2007 23:54:14 »
Yeah, the primavera stuff would work.  Its not a very good deal though, like 5ML for 17 or so with shipping.  But yeah, that would work.  I bought it before I found the other stuff. 

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #144 on: 29/08/2007 13:14:41 »
The problem...is that molluscum can go away on its own.  And because of that, its nearly impossible to wade through the piles of information to find something that actually works.  I could say "I used motor oil on my molluscum and within 3 weeks they were gone."  When in actuality, there is a better chance my body started producing the antibodies around the same time and my immune system actually expelled the virus.  For every article saying one treatment is the definitive answer, there is another finding the opposite.  Just today I found an article stating that lemon myrtle is only effective in children when treating molluscum; not adults. 

The most frustrating part, is that I'm otherwise healthy.  I have no other ailments, diseases, etc.  And I'm going on 10 months of dealing with this, using every possible treatment I can find.  You would assume by now something I would have tried would have caused my immune system to recognize the virus and actually start fighting it. 

I have been to 3 different dermatologists for consultation.  How is it that the entire community of dermatologists can have so little knowledge of this virus, and furthermore, how do they not care?

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #145 on: 30/08/2007 04:14:56 »
I feel your pain.  It started on my hand, then worked its way up my arm.  Now I'm starting to feel some irritation in the crotch area [>:(] and I also see some red spots on the neck, I hope it's not on the neck... [V]  I feel like crawling in a hole to die. That method, that one guy used, of taking a bath in bleach water is beginning to sound tempting.

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #146 on: 30/08/2007 04:38:25 »
notf,

Can you tell me what kind of motor oil? Do you still have moluscum?

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #147 on: 31/08/2007 14:23:42 »
I'm suffering from some pretty major paranoia.  Anytime I see the smallest red bump, I assume that it is MC.  I woke up this morning with a small red bump on my neck and now I'm freaking out that it is going to appear all over my body.  I am currently using apple cider vinegar at night and a tea tree oil/antiseptic cream during the day.  I'm also taking extra vitamins and immune supports.  Has anyone had luck with the tea tree oil cream? Also, how are you coping with freaking out over every single skin blemish? [:-\]

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #148 on: 01/09/2007 02:08:07 »
Yes, we all tend to freak out when a new red spot however insignificant appears..  i am fluent in three more languages and have entered other forums from around the globe and there are lots of people with mc out there. It seems to be growing and not much studied. And no, you can't have sex without passing it to others ..unless you are irresponsible or have a full body condom. So, be responsible and don't spread it. 
About the testimonies, i clearly stated that i didn't mean any in particular so please refrain your anger and read carefuly.
And ..READ do your own research, it does help,   A LOT! I was almost rid of this but couldn't put my life and my job on a hold because of it. It's a lot more under control and i just might make it out of this but i assure you, reading about it helps incredibly.. i'm waiting for my lemon myrtle and i will go back to full on discipline even if it means sacrificing a little  from the rest of my normal life.
But people, don't panic, you're not gonna die from it and it WILL go away permanently when it does, i probably have had a worst case than most of what i've read from this website and it IS affecting my life bigtime but i'm fighting it and try to keep it at a non agressive mode towards myself (my body) or anyother person. Sorry if anyone feels offended by any comentaries i've made here but it's absolutely true that some people go into forums just to make a buck for their  product..  nothing new, it's been happening for ages. Stay away from harmful products as much as you can, it's a gamble and it's not worth it. How to cope with freaking out over every single skin blemish? Be responsible to others that haven't contrived this infection and just move over to the next productive, proactive step. Try to go on with your lives and talk to someone who is understanding and non judgemental towards you, maybe even a friend who's already been through this. And be responsible to yourself, don't harm your bodies out of pure hatred or despair, don't become obsesed. Hve a sense of humor about it whenever you can and think of the thousands of people going through real pain and suffering. And last but not least, even if you're sure you don't have HIV, get a test done, you will feel so much better knowing that you are only dealing with MCV plus you are doing a very responsible thing.
Don't bathe, shower.  Try to avoid sweating too much or go without a shower for more than a day when you do sweat.
Eat right, don't smoke or drink and sleep properly. Don't overstress yourself thinking about this, avoid stress in general. Get tests done to insure which parts of your body really are infected and which have only comon acne or blemishes.  Lookout for cancerigenous drugs prescribed for molluscum and stay away from negative people or products that look for any way to block you from reading anything that's not their MIRACLE CURE website, they'll only stress you out, get you depressed and will not help you move foward. About bleach water, it sounds a little too rough, ask a doctor. And about the info that is out there and sometimes contradictory: They're neither all right or all wrong, there is a logic to it and it's caled science and the scientific method not just a single trial and error, plus you will soon find that some info pops out from many different reliable sources. Don't just stick to one opinion but a concensus of rationalized studies and investigations, a lot of the work is up to you. The docs are busy looking for cures that save lives.

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Re: What is the treatment for molluscum contagiosum?
« Reply #149 on: 03/09/2007 04:58:15 »
My 3 year daughter has had MC for about 4 months, starting with 3 small spots spreading to about 50 - over her arm & chest. I too was left confused and reluctant to part with any money after researching treatments. However I was intrigued by the Australian lemon myrtle, being Australian! We've been using it for a week & already there seems to be significant improvement - spots either shrinking or bursting & bleeding then scabbing over. We hadn't tried anything else, going with the idea that the problem would resolve itself. However, we are coming into Spring & with the warmer weather comes swimming !Its painless, inexpensive & smells great ! Will keep you posted on how she goes.