Impetigo is a contagious skin infection. It may occur anywhere on the body. It is caused by ‘’Streptococcus’’ or ‘’Staphylococcus’’ bacteria. Injuries, animal, insect and human bites, weak immune system, poor hygiene, lack of nutrition, anemia, dermatitis, eczema, poison ivy and chicken pox may also lead to this problem.
Impetigo is common among children. Bullous and Non-Bullous are the two forms of impetigo. Symptoms of this skin infection include blisters filled with pus, rashes, itching, swollen lymph nodes, red spots, honey coloured crust and mild pain. This skin infection can be treated with the use of natural remedies.
Natural Cures for Impetigo
Turnip is one of the most effective natural remedies for treating the problem. A person can soak turnip slices in rice water for 6 hours and eat these slices on a daily basis to deal with the infection.
The fresh aloe vera gel can be directly applied on the affected parts of the body multiple times in a day to relieve the infection within a short span of time. Application of a combination of aloe vera gel and patchouli oil can help in reducing the itching caused by the infection. Regular intake of aloe vera juice can also provide the desired results. A person can also apply aloe vera juice on the affected area with the help of a cotton ball after cleaning the area with water to cure the burning sensation and mild pain.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree is also known as ‘’Melaleuca Alternifolia’’. It contains anti-bacterial properties. Tea tree oil can be applied on the affected area to kill the bacteria responsible for the skin infection. A sterile cotton swab can be used to apply a mixture of tea tree and almond oil to reduce the growth of infection. Tea tree oil can also be diluted with water and used to wash the skin on a frequent basis to obtain relief from rashes and itching.
A person should include fresh fruits and vegetables in his/her daily diet to improve the immune system. Regular intake of fruit and vegetable juice can also provide effective results. Consumption of grains and lean proteins can also help in the treatment of impetigo. Intake of fried food, refined sugar, fatty red meat and peanut butter should be reduced for a certain period of time to cure the skin infection.
Myrrh is also referred to as ‘’Commiphora Molmol’’. It is frequently used in the treatment of different types of skin infections. The astringent and antiseptic properties of myrrh can deal with the symptoms of impetigo. Myrrh extract can be applied on the affected area on a daily basis to obtain the desired results. This remedy should be used under the supervision of a medical professional.
A person can soak a cotton cloth in a solution made by diluting vinegar (1 tablespoon) with water (1 pint) and apply it on the affected parts of the body to reduce the skin infection. Apple cider vinegar can also be directly applied with the use of a cotton ball to remove impetigo scabs.