Home remedies for impetigo in adults
SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES
Impetigo is not something to ignore.Neglected, it can produce boils, ulcers, or other skin complications.
Untreated, it can result in deep infections of the tissue beneath the skin. Impetigo is a skin disease caused by a streptococcal bacteria. It occurs primarily in children, especially in undernourished ones, and in the summer months. Lower economic groups living in crowded conditions are the most likely to contract it. It is more frequently found on the face, hands, and arms next and feet and legs third.
Cuts, abrasions, insect bites, and stings allow entry of the bacteria. An area of redness is seen, followed by blister-like swellings. The fluid is straw colored. If not scratched, the lesions break down in 4-6 days and form a honey-colored crust which heals slowly. The skin beneath may lose its color, not to be regained for months. The scratching generally results in more skin injury and a spread of the infection.
- Impetigo is actually an early sign of immune depression, which allows organisms normally on everyone’s skin to produce disease. The body needs to be built up.
- Proper nutrition is needed, along with sanitary living conditions.
- In some individuals, a food allergy (such as milk, wheat, or soy) or a contact dermatitis (such as detergents in the clothes) weakens the immune system—permitting the impetigo to gain a foothold.
- Strict hygiene is necessary to prevent the spread of the infection to other parts of the body—or to other people.
- Vitamin A is necessary for good skin health. Give the child a good multivitamin supplement. Give vitamin C, to bowel tolerance.
- Put a wash of boric acid and herbs such as comfrey, goldenseal, or echinacea on the affected area.
- Place garlic oil, squeezed from capsules, on the area.
- Removal of the crusts results in a more rapid cure. Bathing in soapy water every 4 hours during the day is helpful. Severe cases may require a slightly salty or hydrogen peroxide application (3 parts water to 1 part 3% peroxide). Apply soaks or warm compresses to the attached crusts. Hot and cold compresses may be applied after the crusts are gone. At night, charcoal poultices can be attached and left overnight.
- Use disposable tissues instead of cloth handkerchiefs. Each person should be given his own towel and washcloth. Wash the hands frequently; and, while the infection lasts, keep the fingernails short and clean. Change pillowcases and bed sheets daily, and boil all linens for 10 minutes. If possible, isolate the child.
- Exposure to the air and sunlight will help, but do not swim.
- If impetigo is on the scalp, cut the hair so you can treat it.
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