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Home remedies for healing impetigo skin infections

Updated April 17, 2017

Caused usually by the staphylococci bacteria and sometimes by the streptococci germ, impetigo is a superficial infection of the skin that leads to itchy sores. Common mainly in children between 2 and 6 years old, this malady can be cured by prescription medication, there are several natural home remedies that are just as effective.

Mandatory steps

Wash and rub the open impetigo lesions with medical gauze and antiseptic soap, to break pustules. Soak crusts in warm water, and scrub gently. Keep the patient's towels separate to avoid spreading the condition. If possible, use paper towels. Try to keep the impetigo lesions covered with gauze and tape to protect from further infection.

Garlic and turnip

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. Eating rice water or vinegar-soaked pieces of cut turnip are also effective home cures.

Tea tree oil and rosemary

Try a daily bath with a few drops of tea tree oil in the water, followed by a light rub with calamine lotion. Also, simmer a 59 g (2 oz) each of rosemary and thyme leaves in 480 ml (16 fl oz) of water for 15 minutes. Cool and strain the concoction to use as cleaning solution for the affected skin. Simmer the concoction fresh every day, and use cotton to rub the lesions. After each treatment, throw away the cotton and concoction.

Aloe vera and apple cider vinegar

Rub aloe vera gel directly on the impetigo affected area, not less than four times a day. Also try 59 ml (2 fl oz) apple cider vinegar mixed in 240 ml (8 fl oz) water for cleaning the lesions.

General measures

Garlic oil, olive oil and grapefruit seed extracts are effective cleaning agents for impetigo affected areas. Try to take a bath every four hours in water mixed in the ratio of 3:1 with hydrogen peroxide. This will help clean the sore and provide itching relief. Another option is a fruits only diet for the first four days followed by a balanced diet that includes all food groups.

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About the Author

Rajrupa Ghosh has been writing since 2002. With two master's in literature and journalism (Jadavpur University and Indian Institute of Mass Communication) she has been published in "The Telegraph" and "The Statesman," designed e-learning courses at Tata Interactive Systems and developed marketing collaterals for Tata Consultancy Services and Hewlett Packard.