Skin: Molluscum contagiosum. 2 cases

A mother's molluscum testimonial

"Just wanted to drop you a line and say a huge thank you. Initially I thought my four year old daughter was developing skin tags, but very quickly the lumps and bumps quickly developed all over her stomach, groin and legs.  After one got badly infected she was diagnosed by the GP with molluscum. He gave her antibiotics for the infection and said it was common virus and we should wait it out.

Not happy with the possibility that it could take 18 months (or longer) to clear on its own and seeing it spread like wildfire, I spent a long time looking on the Internet for a solution. Entirely sceptical, but willing to give anything a go rather than watch the distress it was causing, I used wheatgrass extract. I sprayed morning and night. After a week there was no real change, but it hadn’t become any worse either, around day 10 the molluscum very quickly started to crust over and dry out. At two weeks they were healing and flattening and now at week 4 all that is left are some red marks that are fading fast.

I could literally weep with relief – thank you so, so much. Photos attached – feel free to use."

R. R. Australia.

The photos:

Molluscum contagiosum pre-wheatgrass extract.
Molluscum contagiosum pre-wheatgrass extract.
4 weeks later. All lesions have completely disappeared.
4 weeks later. All lesions have completely disappeared.
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About molluscum in children

Molluscum contagiosum may be unsightly, but it is not a serious condition for either children or adults unless the lesions are interfered with by various physical “treatments” such as icing, burning etc. It is a very common, contagious viral infection that mostly affects young children. (View adult molluscum testimonials)

These viral lesions appear as small, sometimes itchy raised spots which can occur anywhere on the face or body. Although the condition is harmless, molluscum can be unsightly and distressing to patient and carers alike. Entry to public bathing areas may be refused.

How do children get molluscum?

The molluscum virus readily spreads by direct contact e.g. from family members or other children when swimming, playing, bathing or sharing towels. The incubation period can vary between 2 to 24 weeks. If left untreated the spots will eventually disappear, but this could take up to 2 years or more.

How to treat molluscum

I first saw wheatgrass extract work for molluscum in 1996 when one of my own children contracted the virus. Not expecting it to work, I applied wheatgrass extract daily to the lesions, and surprisingly, after about five weeks, to my amazement, they disappeared. Since then, I've received numerous positive reports from parents (and adult patients with the infection). It usually takes about 4 to 10 weeks to eliminate the virus with wheatgrass extract.

Prevention is the preferred path. If a family member, friend etc. has the condition, avoid sharing baths, towels etc. and close contact with other children. As any parent would know, this is not an easy task. 

Before wheatgrass, effective treatments were unavailable. My standard advice to parents (and adults with the infection) was “No treatment available. The spots will disappear in a year or two”. Freezing the spots with CO2, or cauterizing, squeezing, pricking, cutting and burning them were frequently tried, with little, if any, success. 

Other “treatments” include benzyl peroxide, Betadine, and Burrow’s solution (aluminium acetate). Aldara (imiquimod) which should not, in my opinion be used for treating molluscum, is often tried. 

None of these methods are satisfactory, and some can be quite distressing to a young child.  For example, this child treated with cantharone, a highly toxic substance, suffered badly.

Because the extract is very safe, (I even use it for oral burns and conditions), it is ideal for treating infants and children. It is also safe to use around the eyes, but apply a little with a cotton bud/Q-tip. – once on alternate days. Increasing the frequency of application does not accelerate the healing process.

How does wheatgrass work?

Molluscum, being a virus, can not be cured with drugs. Wheatgrass however, is not a drug, it is a herbal extract which has been shown to be both potent and safe. Exactly how it works to eliminate molluscum is not understood. My theory is that when it is applied to the actual molluscum, neurotransmitters notify the brain that the virus is present. The patient’s immune system is then activated to rid the skin of the virus. (See my article on how I believe wheatgrass works.)

It is important to know that wheatgrass is perfectly safe to apply anywhere on the body, including the genital area.

How long will it take to work?

In the early stages, you won’t see much change. In fact the spots may spread further at the beginning of wheatgrass treatment, which is nothing to be concerned about. It just takes time for the bioactives in wheatgrass to destroy the virus, so persevere. Remember, molluscum is not harmful, just unsightly. So persevere with the once on alternate days method and spread it over the spots. Under-treat rather than over-treat. It does not need to be rubbed in.

Experience with numerous molluscum cases shows it usually takes around 4 to 10 weeks for the extract to eliminate the virus. Often, at the beginning you may see increased numbers and spreading of the spots, redness, enlargement of some, and perhaps some yellowish colouration. But these are not bad signs.

Why not?

Because they show that the virus is REACTING to the extract. In the majority of cases, this signals the beginning of the end for the virus.

Another Testimonial:

"My 3 year old son had a bad case of Molluscum, it was all over his torso & spread to his arms, it was very lumpy & angry looking & it was bothering him. I went to the GP & he said the only cure was to prick everyone with a needle & squeeze out the contents. As you can imagine this isn't an option with a 3 year old! He said as my son was so little this probably wouldn't work so just to wait it out, & one day the body would realize it was there & would heal it. The last straw for me was when I was called to pick him up from Kids Church because of the "rash" he had, was thought to be contagious to the other children. I then searched on google to see if there was something else I could do for him, & I came across " Wheatgrass" I was desperate & thought well it can't hurt.

I was amazed at the results, within 12 days there was a major improvement, the spots had reduced by half. It brought all the cores of the spots to the surface & they were easily wiped away or gently squeezed out. Within 25 days he had no more spots! He had scars from where the spots were, but they have completely gone now, you wouldn't know he ever had it.

Thank you so much, it was AMAZING! I have photographs if you would like to see. (before, 12 days in & 25 days in)."

As you can see below, the pics arrived and wheatgrass has again worked its magic.

Before Skin Recovery Spray
Before Skin Recovery Spray
After 12 days
After 12 days
After 25 days
After 25 days