Facts about impetigo and natural impetigo treatment
What is impetigo?
Impetigo, also commonly called “school sores” because it is mainly found in children, is a bacterial skin infection.
An impetigo skin infection is commonly found among children who play contact sports such as wresting or rugby. It is usually caused by an infection of Staphylococcus aureus.
Some other causes of impetigo
An Impetigo infection is also more easily spread if the skin already has a cut or if the patient is suffering from any skin ailment such as eczema, has any open insect bites or injury to the skin.
It is commonly found around the mouth area, nose area, hands and even the diaper area in babies. Sometimes there may be a few breakouts of impetigo around nose areas “nasal impetigo” at day care centers, where the nose is broken from wiping often during a cold.
Children usually develop this during the winter months also, when their lips are dry, they often lick their lips and this can cause cracks in the skin and the perfect breeding ground for bacteria causing impetigo in the mouth area (usually around the lips).
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There are mainly two types of Impetigo
1. Bullous impetigo ~ Found mostly in infants and children younger than 2. It causes blisters on the upper body and legs. The blisters will usually pop and then turn into scabs.
2. Ecthyma (non-bullous impetigo) ~ This is a more serious type of Impetigo. This is when the infection has gone further down into the skin layer, resulting in deep ulcers that are usually found on the lower parts of the body like the legs and feet. A person with Ecthyma will usually have swollen lymph glands. This type of Impetigo will usually leave a few scars.
The spread of impetigo…
- It is very contagious. Any sores that touch an open area of skin can become infected.
- Usually with direct contact to the sores, if the skin is broken or cracked.
- It is commonly found in children with unhealthy and dirty living conditions.
- Impetigo may spread to other areas if the sores are scratched.
- Swollen lymph nodes (usually in the area of infection)
- Symptoms of impetigo may include an impetigo skin rash, which spreads
to several areas
- Skin lesions on the face, lips, arms, feet and legs that spread.
- Itchy blisters that are filled with brown pus.
- One or more blisters that form scabs. When popped they leave a red skin layer.
Skin infection impetigo prevention
- Never share a washcloth or towel or other hygiene products. If you already have an infection, use a clean wash cloth on other areas of your body.
- Wash your hands with an antibacterial soap after cleaning or treating or touching a sore.
- Prevent impetigo by keeping any cuts or wounds clean to prevent a bacterial infection.
- Avoid touching the pus that comes from an impetigo lesion, even if they are your own.
How to treat impetigo naturally
Impetigo home remedies
- Herbs ~ Hypoxis Rooperi, Agathosma Betulina and Mentha Piperita can be used to boost the immune system and will serve as a good Impetigo home remedy
- Other herbs that help to promote healing of the skin ~ Red clover and Cleavers are often used as an impetigo cure
- Topical garlic extract for impetigo ~ Remedy impetigo with crushed garlic, it can be applied to the infected area. Two cloves of garlic or two garlic capsules can be consumed daily as a natural antibiotic.
- Cure impetigo by drinking lots of vitamin C (ask your pharmacist for supplements) and eat foods that are high in vitamin C.
- Aloe Vera gel can be applied topically to the infected area as an impetigo remedy and gets rid of impetigo fast
- Gentian Violet has been used for many years as an impetigo treatment
Other treatment for impetigo
- Antibiotics may be prescribed as treatment of impetigo
- A bacterial ointment can be applied to treat impetigo
- Wash the skin with an antibacterial soap a few times per day to keep the infection from spreading and use a natural remedy for impetigo
- Keep the area clean and dry and apply an antibacterial cream.
- Take a multivitamin to also boost the immune system.
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