When we cut or nip our skin in a minor way, most of us tend to leave it neglected, especially when they do not irritate or cause much pain to us. However, such skin injuries are prone to develop into a communicable skin condition through the entry of bacteria, known as impetigo.
Impetigo is a highly contagious skin disease caused by either staphylococcus or streptococcus bacterium. The main characteristics of this skin condition are a circumscribed elevation of skin with pus contained within, hence the appearance of yellowish crusts, and/or fluid-filled blisters.
People with a lowered immune system, young children whose immune system is yet to develop fully, and older individuals have a slightly higher chance of suffering from this condition.
Initially, the infected skin area may appear inflamed and irritated, followed by a red elevated skin spot that quickly turns into a blister. The top of the blister will then crust, break open and weep, giving way for new blisters to get formed. It tends to spread rapidly to other body areas, with the facial areas like – the corners of the lips, nose, and back of the ears – being usually infected first.
The first defensive action taken against impetigo is usually a course of antibiotics. But with this increase in antibiotic use among us humans, it has given rise to more resistant types of bacteria. Hence, people opt for natural cures, which can safely and effectively be used for any length of time.
Natural Cures for Impetigo
The main aim of impetigo treatment is to kill the bacteria, which can be successfully achieved with the use of various natural ingredients, some of which are listed below.
Tea Tree Oil mixed with Jojoba Oil: There are several bacterial strains, and tea tree oil has the ability to destroy most of them with its ‘in-build’ anti-bacterial properties. This should be used only as a topical agent and should never be ingested. Depending on the condition of the skin, how mild or bad it is, the concentration of the oil to be used will vary; but generally the recommended dose is 10% tea tree oil blended in a carrier oil, like jojoba oil.
Blend equal parts of tea tree and jojoba oil and apply over the blistered skin areas time and again with a cotton swab, to experience relief from redness and itching. Avoid touching the blisters directly, and if done so, then hands must be washed immediately.
Diet: It is important to have a healthy diet to increase the ability of the body’s defense system to fight against the infection naturally and to provide a better healing system. More of organically grown fruits and vegetables, whole grains and less of processed food products should be part of the individual’s daily diet. Meat consumption should be minimized, and the principal cooking fat to be used is olive oil, which is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids that helps the body in fighting against any type of inflammatory conditions affecting it.
Add more turmeric, garlic and ginger while cooking dishes daily for these have an increased anti-inflammatory effects. Also, consumption of manuka honey is recommended because of its natural antimicrobial properties.
Exercise: It is a known fact that stress will only tend to aggravate any bodily infectious conditions, so a healthy exercise routine, meditation and/or breathing exercises should be put in place.
So as to not spread impetigo, it is important to keep the infected skin area clean and dry at all times, to maintain proper hygiene, keeping nails clean and trim, and to avoid contact with others or handling objects that are commonly used in one’s household.
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