Impetigo is a contagious bacterial skin infection that is mainly caused by one of two types of bacteria – streptococcus (strep) or staphylococcus (staph). These bacteria normally enter the body when the skin has already been irritated or injured due to some other skin problems like poison ivy, eczema, insect bites, cuts, or burns. Kids might get this skin problem after they have had a cold or allergies that have made the skin under the nose raw.
This condition is quite common in children (particularly 2 to 5 year olds) than in adults. Impetigo mostly occurs in warm and humid environments. It is usually spread by close contact, like between family members or by sharing clothing, towels, sheets, toys, or other things.
Impetigo is not a very serious infection and it is very treatable. Treatment for this mainly depends on the rigorousness of your symptoms, along with the type of bacteria causing the infection.
Here are some of the best treatment options, which can help to get rid of this common yet irritable skin condition…
The doctors generally prescribe some topical or oral antibiotics to treat mild impetigo. However, whether you’re prescribed any one of these antibiotics, it’s very essential to finish your prescription to prevent the infection from recurring. Stopping an antibiotic treatment only because symptoms have improved can result in a recurrence of the infection and antibiotic resistance.
a. Antibiotic cream
The doctor might recommend a topical antibiotic cream to apply directly to the skin. It is very important to clean the skin before applying the antibiotic cream as this helps the cream penetrate the sores.
b. Oral antibiotics
In case of more severe or widespread impetigo, your doctor might also prescribe oral antibiotics. These antibiotics come in liquid form for children and pill form for adults. Oral antibiotics that are generally very helpful in treating impetigo include penicillin derivatives like amoxicillin clavulanic acid and cephalosporins such as cephalexin.
2. Systemic antibiotics
Some topical mupirocin or retapamulin is sufficient treatment for single lesions of nonbullous impetigo or the cases where small areas are involved. Whereas, there are certain systemic antibiotics, which are mostly indicated for nonbullous impetigo including extensive skin areas or lesions.
3. Intravenous fluid resuscitation
Those cases of bullous impetigo, where patients experience these lesions on large areas that generally results in denuded skin due to ruptured bullae; doctors also includes intravenous fluid resuscitation. In this technique, fluid is given at a same rate and volume of standard volume replacement for burns.
4. Inpatient care
Inpatient care is needed for those patients with impetigo who have widespread lesions as well as for those children who are at risk of getting sepsis or dehydration because of skin loss. In case inpatient care is necessary in case of a child with untreated impetigo, doctors generally recommend contact isolation.
5. Homeopathic remedies
Homeopathy offers a very good scope in treating impetigo, which is a recurrent skin condition, especially for children. Taking homeopathic treatment from a qualified and experienced homeopath will not only helps to heal the sores but will also prevent the appearance of new sores on the body.
Given below are some of the homeopathic remedies, which are mostly recommended by experts to treat impetigo.
a. Arsenicum Album: It is one of the most effective homeopathic remedies for treating Impetigo with dry, rough, scaly, and dirty skin. In these cases the eruptions are mostly dry, rough and scaly. These generally become worse from cold and scratching.
b. Mercurius Sol : It is also one of the another effective homeopathic remedies for those impetigo cases where there are yellowish scabs present on face and mouth with fetid discharge.
c. Hepar Sulph: Hepar sulph is one of most recommended homeopathic medicines for Impetigo with high sensitive skin, where there are vesicular eruptions with pricking in parts. These eruptions are extremely sensitive to touch.
Friends, as you all know very well that classical homeopathic medicines are prescribed only on the basis of TOTALITY OF SYMPTOMS with a clear cut identification of disease in patient and patient in disease also, even then we are providing here just a few homeopathic medicines for different types of medical problems in a short way.
But reader is advised very strongly to use the medicines only under medical supervision and these medicines should never ever consumed without proper consultation with your doctor or GP.
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