Common Molluscum Treatments

Individuals with a healthy immune system usually spontaneously resolve (clear) in 12-24 months, while immune-compromised persons may take much longer and have more severe cases.

Common treatments include:

  • Curettage- Scraping off the lesion and inner waxy head. This procedure may be performed with or without an anesthetic. With children and infants, it may include harnessing to reduce struggling.
  • Cryosurgery- Freezing the lesion, surrounding tissue and inner viral-bed with liquid nitrogen.
  • Cantharidin- A cautious application of a blistering agent used to traumatize and kill the virus while affecting surrounding tissue
  • Imiquimod- (Aldara)- an immune-modulating drug
  • Tretinoin – (Retin-A) an acne treatment that has low efficacy for molluscum patients
  • Salicylic Acid- (Compound W) applied to pustules – no other available data
  • Laser- Destruction of the viral-bed and surrounding tissue with laser. Scarring may occur.
  • Tea Tree Oil- effective for about 18% of users
  • Colloidal Silver- no clinical data available
  • Duct Tape- no available data. Not sterile and may cause additional secondary infections
  • Apple Cider Vinegar- no clinical data available