Impetigo is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection most common among pre-school children. It is caused by a bacterial infection, streptococcal. Generally it appears around the nose or mouth. The bacterial infection leads to the formation of large fluid filled blisters, usually around the nose and mouth. The natural remedies for impetigo makes use of natural herbs like aloe vera, apple cider vinegar and garlic etc.
Types of Impetigo
Impetigo usually heals on its own within two to three weeks but may create complications in certain individuals. Impetigo can be cured with help of conventional as well natural treatments. There are two common types of impetigo
This common form of impetigo, also called nonbullous impetigo, most often begins as a red sore near the nose or mouth which soon breaks, leaking pus or fluid, and forms a honey-colored scab, followed by a red mark which heals without leaving a scar. Sores are not painful, but may be itchy. Lymph nodes in the affected area may be swollen, but fever is rare. Touching or scratching the sores may easily spread the infection to other parts of the body.
Natural remedies for Impetigo
Detoxification by juicing or an all fruit diet for about three days can help treat impetigo naturally. A food or juice fast can also be used by adults. During this regimen patient should be given fresh juicy fruits such as apple, orange, pear, peach, papaya and pineapple. If the condition is serious it is rather advisable to commence the treatment by a short fast on orange juice and water for about two days. This may be followed by an all fruit diet for further two days.
The patient may thereafter switch to a well balanced diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds and milk after the all fruit diet. More emphasis should be placed on whole meal bread, fresh fruits, fresh milk and raw salads.
Foods such as tea, coffee, sugar, white flour products, tinned or bottled foods, denatured cereals, highly flavored dishes, condiments and pickles should be avoided by the patient suffering from impetigo.
Impetigo Treatment Using Aloe Vera
Make sure that you keep the area as dry and clean as possible. Be careful when you are cleaning the area because it is very contagious. Keep away from other children until the lesions are healed. If the area is kept clean, there should be no secondary infections. Split open a leaf of aloe vera and apply the gel directly to the areas affected. Repeat often and keep the area clean.
Natural Impetigo treatment with Garlic
Garlic is believed to have antibacterial properties. Herbalists recommend consuming three garlic cloves or three garlic oil capsules a day, starting when symptoms of impetigo infection first appear.
Crush a few garlic cloves, and apply the paste directly to the affected areas. This will help provide relief from itching. If the child does not mind, or and if the patient is an adult, try chewing two garlic cloves. Garlic with its antiseptic properties help relieve its itchiness and kill the bacteria that caused it. One should just mince a few cloves of garlic and then apply it directly to the lesions. It is also beneficial to chew a clove of garlic for better results.
Impetigo apple cider vinegar remedies
Apple cider vinegar is also an effective treatment for Impetigo. One has to mix 1 part of it with 4 parts of water. The solution should then be applied to the infection several times a day.
Turnip for Impetigo treatment
Use of Turnip has also been found helpful in the treatment of impetigo. After thorough cleansing of a few chopped pieces of turnip they should be immersed in cooked rice water for about five hours. They should than be taken orally by the patient. Eating rice water or vinegar-soaked pieces of cut turnip are also effective home cures.