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I have been dealing with molluscum for two years now. I realized I had it in May of 2016 after I slept with a guy which is where I think I got it. I'm writing this now because I believe it is finally starting to clear up after trying many different things. I'm a 21 year old female in college so this has been a nightmare you can probably imagine.
I found the first one on my genital area and like most of you thought it was nothing, picked at it and it spread immediately which is when I started to panic. I saw a nurse and tried having them scraped off by but every single time I did that (probably 5 times) they would always come back. Looking back now I think she didn't know what she was doing and didn't sterilize the area properly so it always spread. She also prescribed me a kind of wart removing liquid but I accidentally spilled it everywhere so that was not useful.
A few months in I started trying with apple cider vinegar. It worked on some but not all of them, mostly the big ones. I hated doing this, it was smelly and uncomfortable especially on my genitals. I also resorted to cutting them out myself which I read a lot of people did but since mine were in such a tricky spot I think I ended up just making it worse.
Towards the end of 2016, I was using just tea tree oil several times a day and would resort back to ACV when I had a big one. I was hoping that using the tea tree oil religiously would just make them go away. But of course it didn't.
The beginning of 2017 I probably had 2 on my behind and 1 between my legs that just would not go away no matter what I did. This is when I finally decided to see a dermatologist. He froze them off and they went away for a few weeks. I thought I was in the clear when in the summer of 2017 I found ANOTHER. I was in denial about it for a while and decided to just ignore it.
I left it for probably 6 months but it never went away and I noticed one more right next to it so I went back to the dermatologist. This was 2 months ago. Those went away but a couple weeks ago I saw more!!!!! One was on my behind and I even saw a couple on my stomach and back which I had not seen them spread there before so I freaked out. I put ACV on the biggest one and killed it but seriously irritated the skin around it. I decided not to go back to the dermatologist and to try something new. Starting last week I cut gluten out of my diet because I saw somewhere that it is possible if you are even slightly gluten sensitive, your body will focus on that instead of fighting the MC virus. I also purchased Zymaderm from Amazon which is a topical solution designed specifically for molluscum. I've been applying it twice a day and most of the bumps I saw a week ago are gone aside from the bigger ones!!!
They are not 100% gone yet but I am really hopeful that they will be gone soon. This has been an absolute nightmare and I fully understand all the anxiety and depression that comes along with this virus. I just wanted to share what has and has not worked for me in hopes of helping someone else.
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