Apple Cider Vinegar & Molluscum
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be used as a way to manage spread of molluscum. Infants, children and adults can use an apple cider vinegar wash over directly on molluscum infected skin and on areas which are not currently showing signs of molluscum infection.
ACV cleanses and is a gentle exfoliant. This helps when Mollenol serum and Mollenol Patches are applied.
ACV can also help to identify new areas of infection allowing you to start treating these new areas sooner.
Undertake the ACV wash over and apply Mollenol serum and Mollenol Patches 30 minutes after the wash.
Apple Cider Vinegar Wash-Over:
What you need:
1. Standard supermarket grade apple cider vinegar ($5 for 2 litres). You only need to dilute with water if it is too strong (stings too much).
What to do:
This is the easiest way to use apple cider vinegar for molluscum.
Prior to bathing/showering remove Mollenol Patches and use a disposable cloth or make up pad to apply apple cider vinegar to the molluscum and a large area of surrounding skin. Leave it on for a few minutes and then wash off.
Apple cider vinegar is a gentle exfoliant and cleanser and will help minimise the spread of molluscum. This can dry out small bumps and help Mollenol Patches draw out the pus from the larger bumps. Note that apple cider vinegar may sting open, scratched or burst molluscum.
After the use of apple cider vinegar inspect the body and look for a red rash appearing that you had not noticed previously. This rash may be beginning stage molluscum. Check for very small beginning stage molluscum bumps (which you may not have noticed before). Any redness and rash will fade in a few hours. Take note of where these rashes are on the body and check daily for molluscum growth.
If you are still using a bath, rinse out the bath with undiluted apple cider vinegar before and after bathing. This will help stop the spread of molluscum. Pour 2-3 cups of apple cider vinegar into the bath water. Don’t use soap bars or face washers (flannels) to wash. Use liquid soap.
After bathing/showering towel dry the infected areas with a different towel (use it only once and wash).
If you wish use a hair dryer to dry the infected areas.
Repeat the use of apple cider vinegar for 3 days in a row in the first week and then 1-2 days per week thereafter.
Bleach baths are also used to control molluscum - see here: https://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/fact_sheets/Skin_infections_bleach_baths/