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.