Firstly I’d like to thank all the people that have written to me, either with questions or with success stories. The fact that my experience has helped others heal and recover faster means a lot to me. My own ordeal was hellish enough, and the whole point of writing this blog in the first place was to try to make an effort to prevent others from having to go through the same thing. According to countless e-mails received from people around the world, it seems to have done just that.
That said, there are some questions I am asked quite often, so here they are with the answers:
Q. How long does it take for the spots do go away once you start using the tea tree oil, and how do they go away exactly?
A. In my case, once I had all the elements lined up (tea tree oil, custom multivitamins, keeping the area as dry as possible, vitamin-E rich food, etc.), I recovered in about 3 weeks. I’ve had others write to me that for them it took 5-6 weeks, and others write to me saying that it took 2 months. So it depends on how many lesions are there, as well as how much internal boosting of the immune system is done. And as to how they go, they should just fade away. They won’t scab up or peel off or anything, they’ll just gradually disappear.
Q. Should I dilute the tea tree oil?
A. No, just make sure you apply it very thinly. A tiny dab on a cotton ball, seriously. If you accidentally apply too much and suffer any irritation, back off the oil for a few days and counteract the redness with hydrocortizone. This is also true for itching. The hydrocortizone isn’t like lotion, it won’t spread the virus, but it will ease any irritation.
Q. Can I use the oil on my infant child?
A. Yes, but again, use it very, very thinly. One drop on a cotton ball is plenty.
Q. What can I do to boost the immune system of my child?
A. I’ve had some mothers write to me that they used Thujo to boost their children’s immune system, and there are plenty of Vitamin C boosters out there for all ages as well. Use those consistently, and that should help.
Q. I have no idea where I got the virus; is this normal?
A. Truth is, I’ve had a LOT of people write to me about this, and I think only a few said that they caught it from sexual activity. Everyone else speculates that maybe it was a locker room, or a used towel, or something along those lines, but don’t know for sure. In my case, I have no idea where I got it. However, there have been a few men who have stated that the molluscum virus appeared on them shortly after being with their girlfriend while she was suffering a yeast infection, so there may be some correlation there.
Q. Should I pop the spots and try to remove them myself?
A. Absolutely not, unless you want to spread the virus. I understand the frustration you may be dealing with at the doctor’s office, or your impatience with the effects of the oil, but do NOT try to pop, freeze, or scrape the spots on your own. It will only serve the spread the infection.
Q. After the spots fade, how long should I wait before resuming sexual activity?
A. Wait until all the spots have completely faded, and then wait another 2 weeks. That tends to be the fair amount of time to wait to determine whether any new spots might show up. So keep a close eye on the area, treat anything that might possibly be a new lesion, and if at the end of two weeks no clearly visible new spots have resurfaced, then you’re good to go. Do try to keep the immune system strong afterwards though; the molluscum virus is most likely to return during times of immune system weakness, such as intense stress or illness.
Q. After I’ve recovered, am I immune? Or is there a possibility that the virus could return?
A. Sorry to say it, but there still remains the possibility that it can return. Inspect yourself on a regular basis and keep some tea tree oil handy just in case. I had it recur once, a few years later… but thankfully knew how to combat it, and it was gone again in a matter of weeks.
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