Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is an irritating skin condition that most people wish to be rid of as quickly as possible for cosmetic reasons. Not as invasive as a condition like chickenpox, the infection will go away eventually on its own. That being said, there are a few homeopathic ways to expedite the process.
What is Molluscum Contagiousum (MC)?
MC is a viral infection only found in humans that affects the mucous membranes or skin. The virus is a DNA poxvirus called molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV) which infects about one in six young people. It is most common in children aged 1 to 10 years old and it is most often found on the body, arms and legs. The lesions are dome-shaped, flesh-coloured and pearly looking and are typically 1 to 5mm in diameter. It can spread through shared items like towels or from skin-to-skin contact. The average incubation period is 6 weeks, and MC is contagious until the bumps have receded.
Thuja (thuja occidentalis) has been used for thousands of years by Native Americans for various illnesses including fevers, coughs, headaches, muscle pain and skin conditions. This substance, which comes from an evergreen coniferous tree, is available in many pharmacies and health food stores, and it has very few side effects. The recommended doses are 12c for children and 30c for adults. Take one or two doses a day for 3 days and then see how the lesions respond within a couple of weeks. If the lesions do not clear up it may mean that a different homeopathic remedy is needed or that the dosage must be changed. Only a licensed homeopath can tell you for sure. Thuja can also be found in ointment form and has been used to treat warts, brown age spots and deformed nails.
Other Homeopathic Medicines
Different homeopathic medicines are given based on the specific symptoms that are present in each individual patient. For example, dulcamarca may be given to MC patients during weather that has recently had a drastic change from hot to cold. Silica (pure flint) is prescribed for patients who may also have excessive sweating, weakness and sensitivity to cold. Natrum carbonicum may be given to a patient who is particularly anxious in addition to the symptoms of molluscum. Other recommended homeopathic medicines are rhus toxicodendron, causticum and nitric acid. Homeopathic treatments are not approved by the FDA and it is recommended that you consult a doctor or a homeopathic practitioner before using one of them on your own.