Warm and humid climatic conditions bring along with it a host of skin problems in both children and adults. A common bacterial infection of the skin that is known to affect children more than adults, is this condition known as impetigo.
Impetigo and its Types
Impetigo is a contagious skin disease. It is caused by staphylococcus and streptococcus bacterial strains which are usually seen living on human skin, but in small numbers. These trigger an infection when they find a way to enter through the skin’s protective barrier, something that is possible only when the skin is damaged, like a small cut, bruise, and scrape, or even an insect bite.
There are two types of impetigo – bullous and non-bullous type. The non-bullous type occurs more commonly, with the infectious process starting off as a small pimple-like bump. This then transforms into a blister with pus material within, that break open and exudes the pus out. They then begin to form scabs, which are usually honey colored.
Until the infection clears, the infected person should avoid direct contact with others, as well as handling objects that are commonly used by other members of the family.
Treating impetigo will generally involve keeping the infected area and any open sores clean, and use of substances that will kill the microorganism.
Remedial Measures That Can be Taken at Home to Alleviate this Infectious Condition
– Turmeric – A thick paste made from powdered turmeric and water, and applied over the impetigo skin sores will aid in healing the condition much faster. Turmeric is a natural antiseptic that will effectively kill the bacteria causing the infection.
– Aloe Vera – The inner gel obtained from the aloe vera leaf has natural properties and ability to rejuvenate damaged skin cells and restore it to its original state. Regular application of this over the infected skin areas will aid in better skin healing.
– Manuka Honey – The use of this natural ingredient is a ‘delicious’ way to get rid of impetigo rashes. This works well against bacterial infections when applied topically over infected skin areas.
– Garlic – This is a wonderful natural ingredient that not only works as an antibacterial agent, but also as an effective antioxidant, removing toxic substances from within the body, and improving the functions of the immune system, making the body strong enough to ward off infections on its own. Crush a garlic pod and apply directly over the infection. A painful pricking sensation will be felt initially, but will go away gradually.
Before applying any of these natural ingredients over the impetigo rashes, the infected area should be washed using any type of an antibacterial soap or solution and water, and the scabs should be gently removed to allow the ingredients penetrate the wound and allow healing to commence.
Impetigo, the non-bullous type especially, almost always is brought on by damage caused to the superficial surface of skin that allows bacteria to enter and cause the infection. Once skin trauma or any type of break in the protective barrier of skin occurs, the area should be thoroughly cleansed with soap and water, followed by applying an over-the-counter antibiotic cream over it immediately. This will check the development of such skin infections in future.