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Home Remedy for Viral Rash

Q. My grandson, 7, has had molluscum contagiosum for nine months and it has spread. Are there any effective home remedies? His sister now has three spots.

A. Molluscum contagiosum, as the name suggests, can be transmitted from one child to another. This bumpy rash, caused by a virus in the pox family, is usually spread by direct contact or contact with clothing or toys. It’s painless and it usually goes away by itself after a while.

Another mother shared this home remedy:

“My two year old developed the common molluscum contagiousum rash. Most doctors agree it must just run its course.

“I used about 2 oz of an Aquaphor-type ointment and mixed in 20 drops of lavender oil and 10 drops of thyme oil. (Never put undiluted thyme oil on the skin.) I smeared this on the rash every day and covered it so it didn’t get everywhere. The rash started clearing up within about a week, which is what I would consider a rapid response to such a natural remedy. I hope this helps someone!”

Another remedy has been tested by doctors in Idaho. They found that a combination of tea tree oil and iodine (ZymaDerm) was much more effective than either treatment alone in clearing molluscum rashes within a month (Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, March 2012).

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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