Last Updated: December 11, 2018 | First Published: June 12, 2016
Reviewed by: Dr. Rosmy Barrios, M.D.
Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral skin infection traditionally associated with small children, but more recently has been found in adults as an STI. Molluscum can affect any part of the body, and is commonly identified by its small uniform ,round, and often with an umbilication (dimpled center). In adults, it can affect the groin and upper thighs as it is typically sexually transmitted.
Molluscum is part of the pox family and is an encapsulated virus, just like influenza or herpes. This means there is a fatty envelope sheath which protects the DNA and RNA of the virus. Traditional therapies for Molluscum include:
Destructive - Such as Cryotherapy, which freezes the Molluscum with liquid nitrogen
Immunotherapy - immune stimulators like immiquimod
Time - simply letting the body identify the infection and clear it over time
Because Molluscum is an enveloped virus like Influenza and Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), it may respond favorably to anti-viral supplements like monolaurin. Monolaurin has been shown in laboratory studies to kill nearly all encapsulated viruses - those viruses which have a fatty membrane around the DNA and RNA of the virus [1, 2, 3, 4]. The studies for molluscum and monolaurin are limited, but some qualitative feedback and personal testimonials online are very encouraging .
If you or a loved one is suffering from Molluscum, you may consider trying monolaurin as a natural and safe therapy. Monolaurin has been shown to be highly effective in combating viruses including Measles , Epstein-Bar , Chlamydia , HSV , and more. Monolaurin can be taken in high doses and for extended periods without affecting drug resistance or "healthy" bacteria. Monolaurin is all natural and is derived from coconut oil, and is found on the FDA's "Generally Regarded As Safe" (GRAS) list. 
If you're considering monolaurin for treating Molluscum, start off with a smaller dose to see how your body reacts (one or two 600mg capsules a day) and slowly increase the dosage to up to six 600mg capsules per day if the response is positive. As with any treatment, it is best under the supervision ofa healthcare professional.
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FDA : 21CFR184.1505 ; https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=184.1505