Molluscum Contagiosum

Other treatments

The following treatments can be painful, so they are not suitable for children. They must always be carried out by a suitably qualified healthcare professional and should never be attempted at home.

Cryotherapy involves freezing the spots with liquid nitrogen to remove them. Each spot is frozen for 5-10 seconds so that a layer of ice forms over the spot and surrounding skin.

You may need several sessions of cryotherapy before each spot clears completely. You will need to wait two to three weeks between each treatment session.

Diathermy uses heat to remove the spots. After you have been given a local anaesthetic to numb the area being treated, your GP or nurse will use a heated electrical device to burn off the spots.

Curettage removes spots by scraping them off with a thin metal instrument called a curette. As with diathermy, you may have a local anaesthetic to numb your skin before having this type of treatment.

Pulsed-dye laser treatment is a relatively new type of treatment for MC. It uses a powerful beam of light to destroy the cells that make up each spot. A bruise is left which should heal within one to two weeks. Most people only need one or two sessions of pulsed-dye laser treatment to clear their spots.

Pulsed-dye laser treatment uses expensive equipment and its availability on the NHS is limited. Therefore, priority is given to people who have severe skin conditions, such as disfiguring birthmarks.

You are likely to have to pay privately for pulsed-dye laser treatment. The cost of treatment will depend on how many shots of the laser are needed. An average session usually costs around £100-£200.


Now that my daughters MC is now cleared I can say its been an extremely stressful journey and feel for any parent or patient that is going through this now. If I had to do it again I would definitely do things differently as I have scarred my daughter’s arm not badly but I know it’s there.

So when I say the doctors were not very helpful actually I was wrong they told me to leave it for them to go on its own accord which I ignored. This is by the far the best advice I can give even when it hurts to see your child with these spots they are painless and don’t bother them I think its more the parent with the problem well in my case it was.

If you can’t leave it then just be careful with what you’re doing.

If you have your own remedies or a problem with what I’ve written then please leave a comment thanks.

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9 thoughts on “Molluscum Contagiosum

  • ana

    thank you for sharing. In my case, i wish the doctor would tell me to treat it when it was just on bump. Now my daughter has like 20 on her back, MC spread fast!!!, i will try immune system boost for her. She is on Imiquimod for 12 weeks. when we went to the doctor, he said” it will go away by it’s own” then they were 10..we went again to see her regular doctor and again he said “it will go away” I couldn’t believe it! then my husband and I decided to see a dermatologist. The only thing i wish is that when it was only ONE bump the doctor would referred us to a dermatologist.
    Imiquimod is working really slow, but WHILE one bump disappears 3 little ones appear.
    My advice, get them removed when its only ONE OR TWO BUMPS! its hard to keep the kids from scratching them!
    saves you time and money! and it does not spread to other little ones.

    • All about nothing Post author

      Thanks, I have cleared it up a little there was some bad grammar and spelling mistakes but I am not the best writer unfortunately.

  • Lara Bee

    Thanks for writing this. Like many parents I’m combing the Internet searching for help. We tried the Apple Cider a while ago, didnt do much. We did see a dermotoligst he treated the one she had with beetle juice (can’t recall the medical name) and then, one left and six spouted up. I’m so upset. My daughter contracted this from swim team. She’s so upset she quit swim and threw away 3 years of hard training. We are seeing a different dermotoligst tomorrow. I don’t know what to do. It’s on her neck, she’s in 5th grade not the best age to be trying to deal with this. 🙁 In our time, with medicine the way it is, we shouldn’t have to deal with things like this. There should be a straight forward cure. Duct tape? Witchcraft, beetle juice applecider ? UGH !!!!

  • helenjones62

    My son had many molluscum spots, his torso was pretty much covered in them. We received the same advice from the GP to leave them alone and they would go in a couple of years, but we were also told that our son couldn’t go swimming while he was suffering from it. He loved swimming and two years was just too long to be away from it!
    In the end, what worked was Thuja homeopathy tablets, I can’t remember where I bought them from, this was 10 years ago. I’m not convinced homeopathy works for everything but it certainly did the trick in this case. I do know of one other child whose molluscum cleared up using Thuja, too.
    Hope this helps someone!

  • worried mummy

    thank you…my 5 year old daugter have them on her chin…6 for a 10 months now…3 weeks ago 7 more apeard like over night…it doesnt look nice…her lil sister got them too all over her body and its seems that soaking in a bath with apple cider vinegar dry s them out and hopefully they r going away..
    But doesnt help my other daugther and at the moment im trying some molludab(potassium hidroxid) it seems to make them very angry and scars the skin around but the spot are not really changing…we r 3 days on it x2 a day…it doesnt look nice at all either way and i dread letting her going back to shcool tomorrow

  • Laura

    So what really works. My granddaughter who is 4 probably has 60 on her. A dermatologist used some chemical which caused blisters. Now we are trying to cure the blister sores. I have read some articles about Lemon Myrtle. It’s a oil and also comes in the form of cram from Australia. Though I cant’ find it locally I am considering ordering it.

  • Hannah

    This virus is just awful. My daughter had it for 3 years and had probably more than 50 on her inner thighs and then a few on her arms. They got infected and irritated regularly and were just awful. Some got really big too. She got them when she was 8.5years old. We tried very treatment we could find, herbal, tea tree, cider vinegar, fucibet etc etc nothing worked. We just had to wait for them to go . We went to dermatologist and he froze two on her knee hoping it would shock her immune system into recognising them and clearing them. Didn’t work. Was such a stressful time. Now she has been clear for 6 months and my youngest who is 5 has just developed 2….. can’t even explain how upset I am. Can’t go through this again. Just hoping she has less than her sister. Torn between ignoring them and treating them seeing as there are only 2 so far … not sure what to do