Last Updated on June 4, 2020 by Valinda Riggins Nwadike, MD, MPH
Of the many messages we receive from our readers, there’s one type we never tire of, and that’s a success story. A little over a year ago, this reader reached out anonymously via the contact form and shared her STD Interview with us.
Recently, she sent a follow-up message to let us know the molluscum contagiosum she had contracted cleared, after 6 months of treatment, and that she was doing very well.
Posted with her permission, her email is what follows…
I thought it would be a nice thing to update you as well as others out there who are going through a molluscum contagiosum (MC) diagnosis that mine went away…after 6 months!
I’ve put it far back in my memory, so I really don’t have to think about it, but, I realized, it’s not so bad of a memory after-all. I’ve gained so much mentally and emotionally, which I truly don’t think I could have ever understood without going through MC.
How I Treated Molluscum
During those 6 months, I used a combination of things I found in online resources. Tea tree oil was my best friend, soap helped in showers, walking/exercise was an everyday thing for me, eating well, and using medical tape and gauze to cover the lesions from spreading while I was sleeping all helped me get past the infection.
It’s super contagious. I had more and more outbreaks during the beginning months.
Bandaging up with the tea tree oil on the gauze, for about 2 months straight, was, truly, my saving grace. That doesn’t mean it will work for everyone, but it definitely worked for me.
Also, people really should not pick at it at all. Picking only makes it worse.
Dealing with Stigma
After it was gone, I dealt with the emotional baggage – the shame.
I felt depressingly ashamed, but, like my whole interview stated, I was determined to stay positive. I grew from the experience and moved forward. It’s been about a year, and I’m happy where I am, so it’s definitely possible for people to overcome all of those obstacles.
I’m also more conscious of my sexual life. I met a very special someone who was actually randomly diagnosed with genital warts in the beginning of our blossoming relationship. I’ve helped him get through it, and it doesn’t affect our relationship as much as people might assume.
Anyway, I hope this can help you out, your website, or any individual you can inform about the infection.
Once again, I’d like to thank you for what you have created: an open diary for some people’s deepest darkest secrets…and a way to let go and cope. You helped me, and I hope I can help everyone else who is struggling.
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