Molluscum contagiosum is an infectious condition of the skin caused by a virus belonging to pox family. It is represented by the appearance of one or more raised and firm bumps on the skin. It is a chronic contagious disease which spreads to other persons by direct contact with an affected person, contaminated objects and sexual contact.
It is not contagious when the papules dry up. It can affect a person more than one time in his life when exposed to the virus. It can be treated with home remedies discussed below and other treatment options.
Alternative Treatment For Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin condition characterized by the appearance of one or more small raised papules or bumps on the skin. It tends to resolve in 6 months to one year. The virus can be treated alternatively and the infection can be cleared off with neem, tea tree oil, coconut oil and others discussed here.
The alternative way of treating molluscum contagiosum are-
Neem– It is a good alternative for treating molluscum contagiosum. Neem is a natural antibacterial and antiviral agent. It can combat the virus and end up the infection when it is applied to the molluscum lesions.
Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil is antiseptic oil which can be used an alternative treatment for molluscum contagiosum. According to a journal of drugs, application of a combination of tea tree oil with iodine two times a day has reduced the bumps formed in molluscum contagiosum. It has no side effects and it is effective in the prevention of reinfection of the virus.
Colloidal Oatmeal Bath– finely grounded oatmeal added to warm water to the bath can relieve the irritated and itchy skin. It contains specific triglycerides that make a coating on the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Clothes dip in colloidal oatmeal can be applied on the affected areas to disinfect the virus.
Apple Cider Vinegar– it possesses antibacterial and antiviral properties. When it is applied directly on the bumps of the skin, it clears off the infection.
Coconut Oil– it soothes the skin and reduces inflammation and itchiness of the bump. It can also clear up the bump by killing the virus.
Oregano Oil– oregano oil has anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant properties. It also acts as a booster of the immune system to combat the virus.
Garlic– Garlic has a high content of allicin. Allicin is a compound that has antiviral and antibacterial properties. It can kill the virus. On direct application of garlic juice on the affected area, the molluscum lesions significantly reduce.
Clove Oil– it has strong antimicrobial properties which on the application on the affected lesions can dry out them with effective improvement in the condition.
Grapefruit Seed Extract– it is very effective for treating this fungal infection due to its strong antimicrobial properties. Its application on the molluscum papules can clear up the infection. It can also control the spread of the infection. It can boost up the immune system to combat the infection when consumed.
Alcohol – application of alcohol on the lesions can end up the infection and eliminates the disease.
- Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral infection seen in children. This virus belongs to the poxvirus family. It is marked by characteristic symptoms that they are a single or multiple small firm and raised bumps on the skin. It affects the face, trunk, limbs except for palms and soles.
- Molluscum contagiosum resolves by itself in a few months to one year if the immune system of an affected person is healthy and strong. In some cases, it may spread to other places before going away. In older children and adults in which it affects the quality of life, treatment is done by following ways-‘’
- Application of medicated gels, creams or liquids directly on the affected areas.
- The lesions can be treated with minor surgical procedures such as freezing, scraping, de-coring or needle electrosurgery. It may leave scars on the operated areas.