Impetigo Causes: Children, Bullous and Natural Treatments

Impetigo is a type of skin infection. It most commonly infects children more than adults. Impetigo is often initially diagnosed as chicken pox or some other form of skin problem. Impetigo causes are a result of exposure to the staph (staphylococcus) or strep (streptococcus) bacteria. There are two main forms of impetigo: Bullous and non-bullous.

Bullous impetigo causes blisters. As a result of an infection caused by the staph bacteria, the epidermis breaks from the lower skin layers causing blisters to appear. These blisters usually appear on the buttocks, but they can be anywhere on the skin. The blisters break easily and cause raw, irritated skin.

Non-bullous impetigo causes small scabs or small blisters that are generally located around the legs, arms, nose, and face. This form of impetigo is a result of exposure to both the staph and the strep bacteria. It is identified by a yellow crusted covering over the scabs or broken blisters.

Impetigo causes awful itching, a burning irritation, and painful blisters. Natural remedies can help solve these problems and allow antibiotics to do their job. Often they will first try to use an antibiotic cream, but in severe cases oral antibiotics are often used to fight the bacterial infections of staph and strep. Keep in mind that kids have a tendency to scratch and this can worsen the situation due to bacterial infections spreading. There are several kinds of natural remedies that can be used in conjunction with antibiotics.

Echinacea and goldenseal combination can help dry up sores and speed healing.

A tea tree oil bath can help soothe and kill infection; dilute 10 drops per cup of warm water and apply several times as day. Pat dry with paper towels and dispose.

Garlic is a natural detoxifier, but it can also relieve itching; crush a few cloves into a paste and apply to the affected areas.

Impetigo is highly contagious. It is also very important that you keep things disinfected. You also need to make sure that you wear latex gloves every time that you need to come in contact with the infected person to ensure that you don’t become infected; impetigo causes infection without broken skin. At camps, schools and day care centers the rash can spread easily between people. Kids also love to peel their skin.

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7 Responses to “Impetigo Causes: Children, Bullous and Natural Treatments”

  1. My brother had nasal impetigo and it was really gross. If you ever checked out impetigo images you see they can be pretty scary. He got it at camp, but I guess it’s better than catching scabies at camp which I know is really hard to get rid of.

  2. I know they say that impetigo skin problems effect young kids but my sister had it in her 20s. I think hers was staph infection impetigo and not strep bacteria. She has open skin from falling on her knee a few days earlier. It did get some yellow crusting and took a while to finally close up.

  3. My son picked at a sore or insect bite and that was the cause of his impetigo rash. It was little staph blisters that had fluid. We were afraid it would scar, but it didn’t.

  4. I personally have impetigo right now and i’m 23. I did not have an open sore at all when i got it but i just got over the flu and my doctor said it sometimes can be a secondary infection when your already sick with something….It itches like crazy I can barely keep my hands off so asking a child to do it is insane!

  5. I am 35 and have impetigo under my nose. It is a very uncomfortable! I recently got over a respitory infection about 2 weeks ago and and thought that I just had a rash under my nose from rubbing it so much. Then I noticed that my lymph nodes were very sore and very swollen. It also feels like a burning rash that ozzes with yellow puss.

  6. if its itching like crazy … it is most likely a scabies infestation that has turned into school sores

  7. my son, he’s 7 and he’s having this for over a week now. Nose, ears, arms, head. what’s the best meds to cure this?

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