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Natural remedies are helpful for treatment of impetigo

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Impetigo is a common bacterial skin infection which is generally seen in children, although it is also sometimes seen in adults. Antibiotics are the mainstay of conventional treatment for impetigo, but natural remedies are also very helpful.


If impetigo is not treated aggressivley it can have serious complications. Natural remedies offer hope for effective treatment of impetigo.

Impetigo can be caused by streptococcus or staphylococcus bacteria

Doctors Health Press reports that impetigo generally consists of clusters of sores. It can be caused by streptococcus or staphylococcus bacteria. Although impetigo can occur on skin that is healthy, it generally occurs on skin that has been damaged by scratches, cuts, eczema and other skin conditions.

Impetigo is extremely contagious

This condition is extremely contagious and can spread via physical contact or from items which are contaminated such as bed sheets, clothes and towels which are shared. It is very easily spread in daycare centers and schools which is why impetigo is often seen in kids.

Common symptoms of impetigo include a itchy skin, skin rash, blisters, sores, and swollen glands. In non-bullous impetigo there are crusty sores which burst rapidly. This is the most common type of impetigo. In bullous impetigo large blisters which are filled with fluid are seen.

It is important to treat impetigo as quickly as possible

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It is important to treat impetigo as quickly as possible in order to avoid permanent scarring of the skin and skin pigmentation. In rare cases this infection can lead to kidney damage. Generally a topical antibiotic cream is prescribed for the treatment of impetigo. In cases which are more aggressive antibiotic pills may be prescribed.

Good hygiene is very important to help prevent impetigo and to keep it from spreading once it occurs. You should wash infected areas with warm water and soap. You should also wash your hands, towels, and bed linens frequently.

Natural remedies help in the treatment of impetigo

Good natural remedies for impetigo include anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory foods. Adding garlic to your food or taking garlic supplements may help with the infection. And adding tumeric to your food may help with the inflammation. Tea Tree Oil is also a very good natural remedy for impetigo. This is a very effective treatment for all types of bacterial infections.

Dr Andrew Weil, who is a leading expert in integrative medicine, says that dietary changes can help with impetigo. He suggests that your body's natural defense system and healing system can be fortified with a diet that is rich in vegetables, organic fruits, and whole grains.

Dr. Weil also suggests eliminating polyunsaturated vegetable oils, vegetable shortening, all partially hydrogenated oils, margarine, and all foods which might contain trans-fatty acids. He says that extra-virgin olive oil should be used as your primary fat. It's also a good idea to increase your consumption of omega-3 fatty acids.

Countering stress naturally can also help in the treatment of impetigo. Meditation is a good way to counter stress naturally. Meditation is easy to do and lacks the side effects of tranquilizers.

Dr Weil also suggests that astragalus preparations can be an effective adjunct for the treatment of impetigo. Astragalus membranaceus is the root of a plant which is native to northern China and Inner Mongolia. Astragalus is very well known for its immune-boosting properties.

It is clear that impetigo is a condition which should be taken seriously. Aggressive treatment should be instituted as quickly as possible to avoid potential serious consequences of an untreated infection. Natural remedies have a great deal to offer as complementary therapy for the treatment of impetigo.