Molluscum Contagiosum is a common and harmless viral infection of the skin. It is contagious and spreads quickly – here are some natural alternative treatments to try.
Molluscum Daily Treatment List
- Wash the area with our Body Wash when showering and leave it sit on the skin for a few minutes before washing off
- Dab the infected area with our Mānuka Oil using a cotton bud once in the morning and once before bed and cover with a plaster.
- Leave the oil to dry on the skin for a few minutes, then apply our Mānuka Body Lotion all over the skin.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after application to the skin to remove bacteria from your hands.
- If you are short on time, mix 1-2 drops of Mānuka oil with a squeeze of Body Lotion in your hand then apply.
Mānuka Oil - How to Apply it Correctly
We don’t recommend using any pure essential oil on children under the age of four years old, without adding to a carrier oil, such as pure olive oil or coconut oil, as it can cause irritation or an allergic reaction. We always recommend that you test a small, unaffected area of skin with our mānuka oil, and if there is no reaction within 24 hours, it should be safe to use. You can read how to do this skin patch test here.
Use a cotton bud to dab the oil onto molluscum spots – this avoids spreading the virus further and allows exact application of the oil.
Building the Immune System
Another part of recovering from the Molluscum Contagiosum virus is getting your little one’s immune system as strong as possible. The body will recognise and combat the virus, but not if as healthy as possible. The role of zinc has been well observed in the treatment of certain dermatological conditions like chronic viral warts, herpes, cutaneous leishmaniasis, to name a few.
Seven natural molluscum contagiosum treatments:
1. Certified Organic Mānuka Oil
Mānuka Oil (scientifically known as Leptospermum Scoparium, if you’re in the mood for technical lingo) is indigenous to New Zealand. It is highly antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral making it extremely effective and beneficial against harmful bacteria that live on the skin‘s surface. It is a saviour for wart-like viruses such as Molluscum Contagiosum. Our Molluscum Bundle consisting of Body Lotion, Body Wash and Mānuka Oil, are formulated to fight bacteria on the skin to reduce the spread of the school sores (and molluscum) and most importantly soothe itching and healing molluscum.
2. Neem Oil
For thousands of years, neem has been trusted as a reliable medicinal herb, particularly in India, where it is known as a powerful antiviral substance. This is known as an exceptional topical application for various skin conditions, and for Molluscum Contagiosum, Neem can effectively neutralize and eliminate the virus. You can boil neem leaves in water and then topically apply this infused water to the affected areas on the skin. You can also bathe with this water.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
This treatment is more harsh and aggressive, and while it sometimes leads to positive results, often comes along with some amount of skin irritation. The apple cider vinegar’s acidity kills the virus and eliminates lesions. We recommend that if you do use an apple cider vinegar, dab it on with a cotton ball, then wash over the infected skin daily. Afterwards, when you dry off, apply our Manuka Biotic Body Lotion, which will help to soothe the skin and provide an antibacterial cover to the skin.
4. Tea Tree Oil
For treating a wide variety of skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis, tea tree oil is a trusted, side-effect-free solution that can be directly rubbed on the affected bumps and lesions. Use a cotton ball, as with the apple cider vinegar approach, and dab the bumps 3-4 times per day. Tea tree oil can eliminate the bumps and prevent them from returning within a week or so.
5. Coconut Oil
One of the most powerful natural remedies for skin conditions is coconut oil, which boasts antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. By rubbing this oil directly on the affected skin areas, you can quickly reduce the inflammation and itchiness, and also kill the virus, thus clearing up the condition.
6. Oregano Oil
Although many people think of oregano simply as a herb, oregano oil boasts a wide range of antioxidant compounds, including thymol, terpenes, carvacrol, and rosmarinic acid. All of these components help to reduce the inflammation of the infected areas and boost the immune system to fight off the Molluscum contagiosum virus.
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