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Impetigo Disease – Treatment, Prevention and Home Remedies for Impetigo Disease

Impetigo disease is a skin infection that is caused by the two types of bacteria namely staphylococcus and streptococcus. The skin infection is common in all individuals and mostly children are affected. It is a highly contagious infection and spreads mostly through direct contact. Presence of eczema, heat and humidity are the favourable factors for developing the impetigo infection. The treatment, prevention and remedies for impetigo infection are discussed below.

Impetigo Disease Treatment
Treating impetigo disease is very easy. In some cases, it can disappear and dry on its own. Mild infections can simply be treated by:

  • Gently cleansing the blister site
  • Removing dried patches i.e crusts
  • Applying antibiotic ointment prescribed by the doctor.

Severe and wide spread cases can be treated through oral antibiotic medications. Medications that are commonly prescribed by the medical physician are:

  • Penicillin and its derivatives
  • Azithromycin
  • Erythromycin
  • Cephalosporin

Prevention of Impetigo Disease
The following measures help in preventing the risk factors of impetigo disease:

  • Wash your hands regularly and maintain a good hygiene
  • Give a regular bath to the infants and children
  • Cuts, bruises and insect bites should be taken care and should not be scratched
  • The following factors help in reducing the impetigo infection
  • Wash and clean the injuries and cuts regularly
  • Keep the fingernails short and clean
  • Cover the blisters with bandage to avoid the spread of fluid to other parts of the body
  • Use only antibacterial soap to avoid the further infection
  • Use tissue papers instead of cloth napkins and towels

Home Remedies for Impetigo Disease
Listed below are few home remedies for impetigo disease:

  • Turnip is the best home remedy for impetigo disease. Slices of turnip are soaked in rice water or natural vinegar for 6 hours. Consume these turnip slices regularly.
  • Add 1/4th cup of apple cider vinegar to 2 cups of water. Cleaning the affected area with this solution helps in removing the scabs of impetigo.
  • Grapefruit seed, tea tree oil, garlic oil and olive oil extracts are very effective therapeutic remedies for impetigo.
  • Using aloe vera gel regularly for 3 to 5 times a day cures the impetigo infection.
  • Crush the garlic and apply it on the affected area. It is a very effective home remedy for impetigo.

2 responses to Impetigo Disease – Treatment, Prevention and Home Remedies for Impetigo Disease

  1. I have had recurring outbreaks of impetigo for many years now. I get it maybe once a year or less for the last 20 years. I have been getting it in 2 specific areas. On my temple area and the corner of my mouth. Usually after a flu, bad cold or high stress times. So far I have been able to rid it from my temple for the last 10 years but still get it in the corner of my mouth. I have had it diagnosed several times by doctors and have been prescribed the topical antibiotics like bactroban, etc. But these are always a bit greasy and don’t seem to work very quickly and always require a doctor visit, etc. I have tried many of the home remedies on the web but have never had repeatable good results. But about 5 years ago or so I had a recurrence and was looking in the health food store for something to combat it and found something that works well. A liquid blemish stick called “desert essence blemish touch stick” seems to be very helpful in reducing the amount of time stopping and then healing the outbreak. Now at the first sign of the impetigo outbreak I start applying the blemish liquid to the area right away. I clean and wash the area a few time a day and use the blemish stick after each time and also apply it in between. So throughout the day for the first few days I apply the blemish stick to it 8-10 or more times a day. It does sting a bit but really helps keep it under control and heal it within a week or so every time. I find it helps reduce the amount of inflammation and amount of crusting that usually would occur. It contains many of the things people have reported help rid impetigo. And I can pick it up at the health food store, I usually find it at Whole Foods and others, as soon as I get an outbreak. I have also had some success with the “burt’s bees outdoor herbal blemish stick”. It is very similar and seems to be helpful with a little less of a burn. For this last time I got both and alternate using them. Hopefully this is helpful info to anyone who gets impetigo like I do. Another thing I do that seems helpful is to supplement with extra Vitamin D like 12,000 IU daily.

  2. I have found something that I like better now for the imeptigo than the blemish sticks I mentioned above. It is along the same line but comes in a gel and seems to work better for me this way. It is “pure & Clear” acne treatment gel from nelsons. It has some of the same ingredients but is a gel form. This avoids the drips I have had with the blemish sticks. it seems to work as good or better. The key ingredient it has may be the tea tree oil. So this may be another to try.

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