Impetigo is a type of highly infectious skin infection, common in pre-school children. As for adults, it is rare that they get this disease, except for people who play close contact sports (such as rugby or wrestling). It is generally caused by a bacteria called staphylococcal, but in some cases, streptococcus can be the cause.
Symptoms of Impetigo
Symptoms start with red or pimple-like sores bordered by red skin. These sores can appear anywhere, but usually they occur on a person’s face, arms and legs. The sores then fill with pus, and, after a couple of days, break open and form a thick crust. They are frequently itchy, but scratching them may spread the sores. Impetigo is most often spread by contact with sores or nasal discharge from an infected person. It is almost never serious, and it may clear on its own, usually taking from two to three weeks. However, it is best to treat it in some way, while it may develop some other complications, such as scarring, cellulitis (which, in turn, may become life-threatening), some types of kidney inflammations and lightening or darkening of the skin.
If someone in one’s family has this condition, it is important that they follow these steps to prevent the disease from spreading:
- the affected areas should be washed with mild soap and running water, and then covered with gauze;
- the clothes, linens, and towels of the person affected should be washed daily and never shared;
- when applying any antibiotic ointment, one should wear gloves and wash his hands immediately afterwards.
There are a few plants that help significantly in the treatment of this condition: turnip (chopped and immersed in natural vinegar for six hours, and then eaten), and garlic (helps with the itching, when crushed and spread over the impetigo) Tea tree oil. It should be put in the bath one time a day. Then, a rub out of calamine lotion with this oil should be made and put onto the affected area. For children, a paste of Vaseline and cornstarch can be applied to the diaper area. Mezereum. Used for when the affected area is the scalp. Antimonium crudum. This is, actually, the most typical remedy for impetigo. Rhus toxicodendron. Particularly used for when the itching is chiefly problematic and the rash seems to be appearing in clusters of small blisters.
Arsenicum. If the impetigo is painful and the person has a burning feeling.