Molluscum Contagiosum

Close up of Molluscum Contagiosum on back

This post isn’t about allergies, it’s about a really horrible virus called Molluscum Contagiosum, which spreads by a process called autoinoculation, and how it affected my daughter.   Molluscum Contagiosum is a fairly common childhood virus that affects around 1 in 6 children between the ages of 1-10. We eventually reached our wits end with this condition so I am posting this information in the hope that it may help someone else who is suffering from it.

My daughter was approaching the age of 10 when she developed her first mollusca, it appeared at the top of  her back between her shoulder blades.  It started off as a very small flesh coloured pimple which grew over a few months.

I took my daughter to see a consultant dermatologist because she had developed huge cysts on the back of both of her ears (where they had been pierced), we think that she was actually allergic to the piercings but that’s another story.  During the appointment I asked the consultant if he could take a look at this small growth on her back as I didn’t like the look of it, and I wanted to ensure that it wasn’t likely to develop into anything malignant.   He looked at it and dismissed it saying that he didn’t really know what it was but it looked like either an overgrowth of skin cells  or a papilloma and that it would soon disappear of it’s own accord.  No mention whatsoever of Molluscum Contagiosum. I breathed a sigh of relief and felt thankful that it wasn’t anything sinister lurking.

Spread like wildfire

The spot continued to increase in size over the next few months and then one day the skin on the top of it broke, within days of this she had around 50 of them.  It was at this point that I started googling to find out what it was.  When I discovered that it was molluscum contagiosum and how it had spread, I was absolutely furious, because if the consultant dermatologist had recognised the mollusca we could have treated it before it burst and then spread.  This would have saved several months of my daughter having to endure various remedies, some of which took hours every evening and were very painful for her.  She also felt really self-concious and very embarassed over how unsightly the molluscum were, especially when they eventually covered the majority of her back.

Old Wives Tales

I took her to the GP’s on a couple of occasions and during one visit we were seen by a locum who informed us that in her country, the cure for molluscum contagiosum was said to be, that if you went up a mountain and put a rat on a stick, when the rat had dried up you would be cured!  Amusing, but not really much use to us!

More Googling Required

I started digging around on the internet to see what I could do for her next, as unfortunately we didn’t appear to be getting very far and there isn’t any anti-viral medication available to treat molluscum contagiosum. We did visit a fantastic homoeopath who has been very helpful to us over the years.  The remedies he prescribed, worked in so far as they were increasing the progress of the virus but unfortunately her immune system was not responding as expected.  It was at this point that I went back to my G.P and asked him to refer my daughter to see Dr Steven Hughes a Paediatric Immunologist who also specialises in Allergies at Manchester Children’s hospital.  This was only one of a number of concerns that we had about her health that we wanted to discuss with him

Below is an excerpt from the letter I sent to my G.P. asking for the referral:

She has 80 mollusca mostly located but not limited to her back. She started with 1 mollusca (approx June 2009 – January 2010) which broke and within days she had 50 mollusca on her back.

She currently has 74 mollusca on her back, 2 on her neck, 1 on her groin, 3 in her armpit, 2 on her arm, and 1 on her stomach. We are currently living in fear of them spreading onto her face. New ones still continue to appear almost daily. The largest ones are approx 4mm across.

In this time we have managed to get rid of 3 mollusca by treating them directly with Apple Cider Vinegar.  She has been taking homoeopathic remedies to try and treat the mollusca as we have been offered nothing conventional so are trying to build her immune system with natural and complementary remedies. She was taking 2 pillules daily of Merc Sollubilis 30C (since 23/02/2010) this has been increased to 4 pillules daily since 31/03/2010 to get rid of the molluscum. She has also started to take 2 pillules daily of Thuja Occidentalis 30C since 31/03/2010 to try and help build her immune system.

In addition to the Merc Sollubilis and Thuja Occidentalis that she is taking, she is also taking (daily) a tonic of Apple Cider Vinegar, Eating 2 teaspoons of Manuka Honey (UMF 10), Echinaforce – Echinacea drops (7 a day in water). We are also applying Apple Cider Vinegar directly to the mollusca and have also started to spray High Stability Colloidal Silver over the mollusca.

The homoeopath that we have been taking advice from is a qualified Homoeopath and Pharmacist, was really shocked when saw her back on our most recent visit, he said he has never seen anything like it and it is the worst case he has ever seen (he has been treating people homoeopathically since 1978). He said that the Merc Sollubilis is doing what it is supposed to but her immune system is not fighting off the virus as it should be. This confirmed suspicions I have had over the last couple of years with her constant ill health“.

At our wits end

I phoned Dr Hughes’s secretary to ask if there was an email address I could send some photographs of her back to, so that Dr Hughes could see them.  What a lovely and helpful lady she was, I unfortunately ended up crying down the phone to her (hopefully the chocolates I took her when we went for the appointment made up for that!).  I emailed the above photo which was a close up of  my daughter’s back and the one below plus a couple more to show the extent of the molluscum and some strange depigmentation areas she also had.

After seeing the photographs, Dr Hughes very kindly offered to come into the hospital early before his regular clinic to see my daughter.

Molluscum Contagiosum on back

Blood Tests

My daughter had lots of blood taken so the hospital could run tests to check that all parts of her immune system were actually working.


Thankfully all of the results of the tests on her immune system showed that all the T-Cells that should be present were, which was such a huge relief to our family.

Couldn’t Believe the Improvement

We went back for a follow-up appointment 3 months later and Dr Hughes could not believe the vast improvement in her back, and the fact that it didn’t look like it was going to leave any scarring.  When we explained to them how we had treated the molluscum the nurse joked with us that we should patent it and go onto “Dragons Den“.

We tried all sorts of different treatments but the one that eventually worked for our daughter was apple cider vinegar (ACV).  She drank a daily tonic of it and we devised a method of applying the ACV to her back which seemed to work.  Apparantly the ACV taken as a tonic cleanses your system, it seems that  molluscum don’t like acid so we were advised to try and keep her system and skin acidic.

If you would like the details of the method we used to apply the ACV to her back then just get in touch and I will get back to you.

I hope that the above is useful to someone else as we were literally at our wits end with it. Good Luck!

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  1. My 2 1/2 yr old son was just diagnosed with mulluscum today. Ive had him on antibiotics for it and cortisone cream. I read this and was wondering if you think ACV would work for him? Im not sure I can get him to drink it and it would be a fight to put it on his body as he is very stubborn. I also think that it could be a mis diagnosis..only because what I keep reading is that it looks like a wart or its filled with pus. My son never had either. It started as a few red bumps that looked like flee bites but then the next 1-2days turned to scabs. A few more grew and became scabs within 1-2 days also. For a few days I havent seen any changes but scabs. Is this what you’re daughters might have looked like while it was healing? Maybe it will never turn into anything more. I hope I don’t have to go through this for months and months. Please help! Thanks

  2. My 2.5 year old has allergies and eczema. Five months ago he got a bump very similar to what you describe on your daughter’s back. It was on his thigh. It quickly spread and I treated the molluscum with a tea tree oil tonic. It seemed to keep it at bay but it wasn’t improving and eventually it began spreading again. We now see a dermatologist who has put him on Aldara. It started to make the bumps explode but it also aggravates his eczema. It was getting better for a while but in the last week it has spread to all his limbs and abdomen. I am boosting his immune system with vitamin D, a probiotic and fish oil. I have read about apple cider vinegar several times…Can you tell me the dosage you used in your tonic? And your method of application? Any detailed advice would be greatly appreciated and congrats on your success!

  3. Hi, my daughter has this too, it recently spread so I have been looking around to try and find a way of stopping it. I have been dabbing the cyder vinegar on her skin although it is helping but would really be interested in your method as I have noticed they are becoming red around the edge, are a bit itchy and I am worried that they may spread more. Any info would be gratefully received, Stephanie.

  4. I have had this type of rash on my shoulders and back for about ten months and neither I or doctors can figure out what it is. I have cut out Gluten, dairy, sugar, tried salt loading in case it was Bromide toxicity, changed washing powder, basically tried everything and its made no difference! I have a feeling it could either be Molloscum or allergy to latex in bras. Please would you be able to send me instructions on how to apply Apple Cider Vinegar. Many thanks

  5. My son who turned 10 in October started getting these on his back this summer. The first doctor dismissed it. I then googled it and found out more about it. Recently they have doubled on his back and now he is getting them on is elbows. Today he complained that one was hurting. It is all red and looks like its about to pop. I would appreciate it if you could send me instructions on how to apply the Apple Cider Vinegar and also any other things he can take to make them stop and go away.

  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
    My son now 6yrs old has had this for over a year and it is only getting worse!
    Please anything you can give me that works better then the professional advice of “sorry, he’ll grow out of it sometime”😰 Would be remarkably appreciated😄
    I live in Australia and the poor kid knows it looks bad and it’s getting him down. I’ve felt helpless he has felt worse, so thank you for ANY help

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