by Janet Levatin, MD
Molluscum contagisoum is a form of warts caused by a virus that infects the skin. Very common in children, it causes multiple small, fleshy bumps to appear on the trunk, arms, face, and other areas. While not dangerous, molluscum lesions can be itchy, inflamed, and unsightly. The infection is spread by direct contact, and can last for months, or even years.
The lesions can last a few weeks to months, but via scratching, the virus can spread and inoculate new sites and keep the condition going. Physicians seldom offer treatment but when parents insist on removing the unsightly bumps, conventional treatments can involve removing the lesions surgically or with a laser, or applying a topical medication. The approaches typically do not work very well because they do not address the root cause of the problems, which is that the body is harboring a virus.
A treatment that can be very successful, nontoxic and easy to use is homeopathy. Here is a report of recent case I treated in my office: A 10-year old boy was brought in by his mother with 25-30 molluscum lesions on his trunk and arms. He had picked at them, and his mother had tried to treat the itchy and inflamed sites with tea tree oil without results. He did not want to attend gym class because he was embarrassed about how his skin looked.
During the assessment, I asked questions not only about the warts, but also about his general health and his personality. Understanding the whole person, not just the “problem,” is important in homeopathy. I chose a homeopathic medicine and recommended he take it once daily, for three days. I told him he should expect his warts should be gone in a few weeks. Nearly six weeks later, his mother called to report that indeed, the warts were all gone. She was pleasantly surprised that his allergies had improved as well.
Homeopathy is fun, challenging and most importantly, can be used successfully to address conditions for which there are no conventional medical solutions. I have used homeopathy for treating many other conditions in children including teething, ear infections, viral illnesses, vomiting, diarrhea, behavioral and sleep disturbances, asthma, allergies, sinusitis, and more. I also treat adults with complex problems that seem to have no resolution. Don’t be discouraged and think your only choice is a drug-based recommendation. Give homeopathy a try!