Taking antiviral nutrients such as bee propolis, elderberry extract and olive leaf extract may help support your immune system in fighting molluscs outbreaks.

What are Molluscs?

Molluscs or molluscum contagiosum are small, waxy white or pink bumps that appear on the skin. They tend to gather in clusters and are typically not itchy or painful. These wart-like lumps are caused by a common virus that primarily affects children between the ages of 1 – 4 years and adults with compromised immune systems.

Molluscum contagiosum are spread through skin-to-skin contact. They are also transmitted by sharing of towels or children’s soft toys that have been used by someone infected with the virus. Molluscs are easily spread on the body through scratching. Spreading of the bumps can be reduced by covering the affected parts of the body and by disinfecting toys and common areas in the home.

Medical Treatment of Molluscs

Medical treatment options for molluscum contagiosum are limited. A dermatologist may remove the bumps or treat them with chemicals; both procedures may be painful and leave scarring. Often times, doctors recommend letting the virus run its course. It may take up to 12 – 18 months before the immune system is able to eradicate the molluscum contagiosum virus.

Natural Remedies for Molluscs

There are natural remedies that seem to be effective in building the body’s defenses to reduce the spread and appearance of molluscs. Bee propolis, elderberry and olive leaf extracts all have proven anti-viral actions in the body. Taking these ingredients in combination, as found in BEE Prepared Immune Support capsules, may aid immune function and reduce and eliminate the appearance of molluscs. Zinc is an important nutrient in supporting the immune system. Zinc is best taken as a citrate or picolinate form for absorption.

For external therapies, taking a bath with the addition of anti-viral essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus, and melissa (lemon balm) may also help to reduce the molluscs and reduce the spread of the viral infection.

Eating anti-viral and immune supporting foods can also support your natural defences. Foods to include are garlic, ginger, onion, broccoli, pumpkin seeds, kale, and dandelion greens.

BEE Prepared for skin infections and viral breakouts.

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