Infantigo Symptoms & Treatments
Infantigo commonly also known as impetigo – which is also called “school sores” for the obvious reason – is a highly contagious disease that generally affects children, but can also affect adults. It is a skin infection caused by bacteria that can enter your body through cuts, scratches and sores. And the best solution is to cure it fast so that you can eliminate any complications that may occur from this disease.
But the question now is how to determine if you or your child has Impetigo and not just suffering from a simple rash from a bug bite, or having an allergic reaction to food, dye or plants.
Well there are different types of Impetigo so the symptoms will be different as well, but despite the differences they all share some of the common symptoms which includes…
Signs and Symptoms
1) Non-Bullous Impetigo: This is the most common form of this disease and is caused by both the Staphylococcus or Streptococcus bacteria. It usually starts out as small red, solid, raised spot similar to insect bites. These small bumps quickly turn into small blisters that fill with fluid or pus.
Eventually they rupture and start oozing for a few days. They finally scab over with a honey-colored crust, but this is when the area becomes irritated, itchy and even more contagious to other parts of your body and to other people.
If not careful, the infection can be spread to other parts of your body by touching with your fingers, or from your clothing and even towels.
As the sore begins to dry out they form a crust-like surface that eventually fades, leaving a red mark in its place. Impetigo rarely leaves scars, but with me, it left a dark mark on the side of my mouth that is still there after 30 years, and I believe it’s because I waited too long to have it treated.
The entire process takes about a week or maybe a little longer. This particular Impetigo usually starts around your nose or on your face, but sometimes it can affect your arms and leg. You may also see swelling of the lymph nodes that are closest to the infected area.
2) Bullous Impetigo: This is the less common form of this disease and is caused only by the Staphylococcus bacteria. This type is also mostly found in children 2 years old and younger. The bacteria produces a toxin that reduces the function of cell-to-cell adhesion.
This in turn causes a separation between the top layer of skin and the lower layer of skin which leads to the formation of a blister. This form of Impetigo can appear in various parts of the body, but it usually shows up on the buttocks and trunk.
These blisters are generally painless, but they are very fragile and filled with a clear yellow-colored fluid. Because they are so fragile, they are easy to break, and this leaves the skin in the infected area red and raw with ragged edges. In the final stages of the disease, a dark crust develops and healing begins.
3) Ecthyma: This is the most serious type of Impetigo which could occur if left untreated for too long. It penetrates deeper into the skin causing painful fluid or pus-filled sores that can lead to deep ulcerations after rupturing.
Ecthyma usally occur in younger children, but can also occur in adults. This form of Impetigo is more commonly found in the lower half of your body such as your legs and feet.
How to Treat Impetigo Naturally for a Fast Cure
You probably want to know which is the best treatment for Impetigo. Well there are several ways in which you can accomplish this…
Now you understand how Impetigo works as we mentioned above, and know it is a bacterial infection that needs to be treated immediately, because if you don’t, the bacteria can spread and lead to severe complications and/or problems.
So if you’re interested in curing Impetigo, and you’re looking for a more natural way of doing this because you’re concerned about toxins, side-effects and allergic reactions. Then yes, I understand your concern and you may want to stay away from the antibiotics or skin creams your physician will give you.
Do Not Wait To Treat Impetigo
But however you decide to treat this infection, you don’t want to sit around too long waiting for it to go away on its own.
That isn’t the answer, and if you did wait, you or your child could possibly have a 7 to 21 day wait period, and I don’t know about you, but that is just too long to subject yourself or your child to the itchy, misery and unpleasantness of Impetigo.
Not only that, but the longer you wait – as I stated above – the more complications you might run into.
Starting A Natural Treatment Program
If you’re determined to treat this infection naturally, then the best solution is to use the most effective natural remedies that you have easy access to, but as always, the final decision is yours.
In order to completely cure it naturally, you need to eliminate any and all symptoms associated with Impetigo – including healing the rash – you have to do three things…
- You need to strengthen your immune system. You can do this by practicing proper diet, nutrition, getting plenty or rest, water and taking supplements.
- You have to build up the good bacteria in your body. This will help fight off the bad bacteria that is causing the infection.
- You also want to properly heal the rash, blisters and sores in a natural way that is safe, so that they will easily scab over and eventually fade away without leaving behind any scars or marks. You can do this by using honey.
If you decide to do this, and take the actions that are necessary, you could be free of Impetigo within days.
Start By Changing Your Diet
If you want to build up your immune system then you’ll have to begin by getting rid of anything that has partially hydrogenated oils, polyunsaturated vegetable oils, vegetable shortening, margarine, and any foods that contain trans-fatty acids.
You should increase the omega-3 fatty acids in your diet by using extra-virgin olive oil, and balance it out by eating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and other foods that are low in animal-based proteins.
You might also want to include a few anti-inflammatory herbs like turmeric and ginger, and since raw garlic is a powerful infection-fighter that has natural antibiotic properties, why not include this in your diet also. However I’m not sure about giving garlic to young children. That is something you will have to research and decide for yourself.
Healing The Impetigo Rash And Blisters
- Soak in warm water mixed with a liquid antibacterial soap.
- Use topical solutions made from tea tree or tamanu oil. They are excellent antibacterial properties.
- Something else you can try is honey, but the ones you should use is Medihoney that comes from Australia and manukahoney that comes from New Zealand. You can check your health food store to see if they carry them.
Since you will be able to insert this honey into your nasal passage, you do not want to use ordinary honey from your grocery store.
Just by following these proven solutions, you will effectively and naturally treat Impetigo and cure it within days.