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Impetigo Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

This is a highly contagious infection of the skin, most often seen in children. It comes about when germs from an established impetigo lesion, either elsewhere on the body or from another sufferer, invade the outer skin layer (epidermis). These bacteria - usually staphylococci or streptococci - enter via a small crack or cut, causing itchy, scabby lesions on the face and elsewhere.
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This is a highly contagious infection of the skin, most often seen in children. It comes about when germs from an established impetigo lesion, either elsewhere on the body or from another sufferer, invade the outer skin layer (epidermis). These bacteria - usually staphylococci or streptococci - enter via a small crack or cut, causing itchy, scabby lesions on the face and elsewhere.

Symptoms

  • Small patches of minute itchy blisters on the face, especially at the corners of the mouth and around the nostrils
  • Also found on the trunk and limbs
  • Blisters burst, producing crusts like brown sugar

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Cures

Naturopathy

A whole food diet and exercise are vital to increase the flow of oxygen at the skin's surface and help expel toxins. Hydrotherapy would also be used to help detoxification, as water for drinking and bathing affected areas, as well as in poultices and compresses to deliver other remedies.

Vitamins and Minerals

The emphasis is upon boosting the immune system to help overcome the rampant infection impetigo often proves to be. Whole foods rich in all the antioxidants are therefore recommended, especially fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin A (beta-carotene) and C, and products rich in vitamin E such as wheat germ, cold-pressed vegetable oils and grain and whole-wheat products. Raw juices that work for impetigo include grape juice (1 pint/570 ml twice daily), and 1 3/4 pints (1 liter) daily of carrot with added spinach, cucumber and garlic.

Specific supplements include garlic, zinc, beta-carotene, vitamin B-complex (especially calcium pantothenate) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamins C and E, the last-mentioned taken both orally and applied to the healing area when the scab has disappeared to help prevent scarring.

Herbal Medicine

Dab infected lesions 3 times daily with cider vinegar; propolis tincture also prompts impetigo to heal. Steep a handful of fresh rosemary or lavender, basil or eucalyptus leaves, oregano or chamomile in boiling water for 10 minutes, strain and cool. Bathe the lesion 2-3 times daily.

Aromatherapy

Add tea tree essence to warm water for washing, and apply to the sores. Mix 1 teaspoon (5 ml) each of sweet almond and wheat germ oil, and add 3 drops of essence of benzoin, patchouli or carrot (or 1-2 drops of each) and apply to lesions once a day. Add any of these essences to bathwater, or inhale them from an oil burner.

Homeopathy

Take remedies every hour for up to 10 doses: Antimonium 6c for blisters around the nostrils and mouth, especially in children; Mezereum 6c when the scalp is chiefly affected and oozing a yellow discharge which irritates the surrounding skin; and Arsenicum 6c for blisters accompanied by physical exhaustion, chilliness and mental restlessness. You can also bathe the affected area with a solution of hypericum (St. John's wort) and calendula - 5 drops of tincture of each to half a pint (285 ml) of cooled boiled water. Apply several times a day.

Other Therapies

Therapies that are suitable for impetigo are the same as those for Acne.

Medical Treatment

Antibiotics by mouth and as an ointment will be prescribed.

Prevention

  • Try to avoid close contact with known sufferers.
  • Keep your skin clean and dry.
  • Treat small cuts and grazes as soon as they occur.

Caution

  • Seek treatment early on - impetigo can cause kidney damage and other complications in babies and sick children.

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