A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Impetigo
I had a question the other day about impetigo.
Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection.
It causes red sores that can break open, ooze fluid, and develop a yellow-brown crust.
These sores can be anywhere on your body but they most often appear around your mouth and nose.
Impetigo is one of the most common skin infections in children.
It can occur in adults, but is seen far more often in children.
Impetigo is contagious and can be spread to others through close contact or by sharing towels, sheets, clothing, toys, or other items.
Scratching can also spread the sores to other parts of your body.
Impetigo is caused by one of two kinds of bacteria—strep (streptococcus) or staph (staphylococcus).
Often these bacteria enter your body when your skin has already been irritated or injured because of other skin problems like eczema, poison ivy, insect bites, burns, or cuts.
Children may get impetigo after they’ve had a cold or allergies that have made the skin under their nose raw.
But impetigo can also develop in completely healthy skin.
You or your child may have impetigo if you have sores:
>On the skin, especially around your nose or mouth. The sores begin as small red spots, then change to blisters that eventually break open. The sores typically aren’t painful, but they may be itchy.
>That ooze fluid and look crusty. Sores often look like they’ve been coated with honey or brown sugar.
>That increase in size and number. Sores may be as small as a pimple or larger than a coin.
At home, you should gently wash the sores with soap and water.
If the sores are crusty, soak them in warm water for 15 minutes, scrub the crusts with a washcloth to remove them, and pat the sores dry.
Don’t share washcloths, towels, pillows, sheets, or clothes with others.
And be sure to wash these items in hot water before you use them again.
Try not to scratch the sores, because scratching can spread the infection to other parts of your body.
You can help prevent scratching by keeping your child’s fingernails short and covering sores with gauze or bandages.
To deal with impetigo it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Increase Omega3/omega6 essential fats.
*Keep a balanced pH.
*Use Enfuselle and/or ShakleeBaby skin care products.
*Tea Tree Oil is an antibacterial topical treatment.
*Epsom salt baths may be beneficial/soothing.
*Consider liver and/or colon cleanses, fasting, and/or juicing.
*Review my post on candida.
*Consider aloe vera (gel from inside fresh leaves is best).
*Eliminate toxic personal care, laundry and cleaning products.
*Eliminate personal care products that upset skin’s natural pH.
*Decrease excessive sun exposure.
*Decrease exposure to chlorinated shower/bath water, pools and hot tubs.
*Improve your digestion and elimination processes.
*Discover allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Eliminate free radical damage.