Treating Molluscum: What Worked and What Didn’t

When I discovered my daughter had Molluscum, I knew I was in for a long haul.

Besides being unsightly, Molluscum can be really difficult to treat.  Molluscum are small wartlike pimples that usually grow in clusters.

My daughter was four when she first developed Molluscum on her right knee.


Treating Molluscum


My friend told me her pediatrician had told her to prick them with a pin and then squeeze them out.  She told me she traumatized her kids doing that but it worked.

I knew this wasn’t worth traumatizing my daughter over.

I also had a friend who tried removing them on her own and it left her daughter with scars.

I did some online research and found tea tree oil recommended as a miracle product for treating Molluscum.

I started applying tea tree oil according to the instructions I read online.  It said to apply daily and they should be gone in a few weeks.

I very diligently started applying it.  They stopped spreading and even got very small, but several months later they were still there.  I stopped applying it daily because it was just getting tedious.

I added a few drops of the Tea Tree Oil to the bath water because apparently Molluscum virus thrives in water and that is how they spread on the body.

I noticed that if I forgot to add drops to the bath water, a new one would pop out in a different area on her body.

Adding Tea Tree Oil to the bathwater made a difference in reducing further outbreaks on her body.







After 1 1/2 years I think they are finally disappearing.

Big piece of advice: DO NOT bathe your child with anyone else as it will spread to that person.


girl's sister developed molluscum


Now my other daughter just showed up with molluscum on her body!

So to sum it up, after researching and trial & error, I would go with adding a few drops of tea tree oil to the bath water.

I did not notice any side effects (even though my girls will sometimes drink bath water), and I really feel it made a difference in terms of spreading to other parts of body.

Treating Molluscum can be difficult.  The only consolation I have is it WILL eventually go away.

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  • Reply Belinda

    I recently discovered spots on my daughters hip as well. A few of her friends have similar spots at school. I wasn’t sure what it was and at first just monitored it. I tried creams to dry it out, but it didn’t make any difference. Eventually I took her to a doctor. He said it is a common, mild but harmless skin infection, often found in schools and especially under younger kids who have more physical contact playing on the playground. It takes quite a few weeks – I think he said about 6 weeks – for the spot to clear up and disappear naturally, but unfortunately by that time it has most likely spread to other parts of the child’s body and siblings/friends. Creams and natural products don’t really seem to help. To kill of the virus as fast as possible and to avoid spreading, the only thing he suggested was using liquid nitrogen to “freeze” every pimple individually. Even so he said some might have already spread, and we might still find one or two new spots coming up, so he suggested we bring her in for a follow up session if that happened. I’ve just discovered a new spot, so best I make that follow up appointment as soon as possible… The problem is, as long as the other kids in her school don’t do the same, she will most probably keep getting re-infected. 🙁

    September 12, 2016 at 3:57 am
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      Yes they are really hard to get rid of! My other daughter has it now and we are trying to treat it but it is slow going ?

      September 13, 2016 at 1:01 am
  • Reply Val

    My daughter’s doc just confirmed she has molluscum. I have been treating with iodine twice a day for almost 2 weeks and the spots do heal but they keep spreading. I’m getting some tea tree oil today! Thank you for sharing!

    March 28, 2017 at 2:21 am
    • Reply Registered Mommy Nurse

      Good luck! Hope the tea tree oil works for you. Never heard about iodine- thanks for the tip ?

      March 28, 2017 at 9:04 am

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