Home remedies impetigo
Although antibiotics provide an effective way for impetigo treatment, they weaken your immune system. So bolster your bodys defences.
Natural remedies are effectively in relieving the symptoms of bacterial infections. Herbal and homeopathic remedies are safe to use without the harsh side effects of prescription drugs. Herbs such as Hypoxis Rooperi (extract of African Potato), Agathosma Betulina (also known as buchu) and Mentha Piperita help to boost and strengthen immune system functioning. A combination of herbal and homeopathic ingredients such as Natrium muriaticum, Kalium muriaticum, Galium aperine (Cleavers) and Trifolium pratense (red clover) helps to balance and hydrate the skin and promote the natural process of skin healing.
There are numerous natural remedies that can help.
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
Researchers have discovered that Goldenseal contains anti-infective chemicals such as berberine, beta-hydrastine, canadine and canadaline. They are effective against infections caused by staphylococcus and streptococcus which are the two main culprits that cause impetigo. The recommended dosage for Goldenseal is one 250mg tablet taken three times a day. Goldenseal is also available in cream or liquid form for external use apply directly to the infected area of skin three times a day.
Recently scientists revealed that olive oil contains rutin and oleuropein powerful chemicals that are effective against infectious bacteria, including staphylococcus aureus. Apply a few drops of olive oil over and around the infected area, four times a day. Olive oil is best used as a preventative. For example, use olive oil if you are in contact with someone who already has impetigo.
Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Scientists reported a great deal of evidence to suggest that tea tree oil is an effective treatment against the staphylococcus bug, which causes impetigo. Ordinary tea appears to offer protection against the infection too. Apply two to three drops of tea tree oil to the effected area three times a day.
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 1/4 cup each of rosemary and thyme leaves in 2 cups 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.
Zinc plays a key role in improving immunity. Zinc can reduce the risk of impetigo developing in premature babies.. The recommended dosage of zinc (as zinc citrate) for adults is 15mg daily.
Myrrh (Commiphora mol-mol):
Myrrh oil reduces levels of inflammatory chemicals, such as interleukin and tumour necrosis factor, in the blood. So your body stands a better chance of fighting off infections. A few drops of myrrh can be added to water, for external use, to wash the infected area.
Manuka honey is extremely effective for treating serious infections, including MRSA. To benefit from manuka honey, take two to three teaspoonfuls (10-15g) before meals.
Crush a few garlic cloves, and apply the paste directly to the affected areas. This will provide relief from itching. Try chewing two garlic cloves. Eating rice water or vinegar-soaked pieces of cut turnip are also effective home cures.
Aloe Vera and Apple Cider Vinegar:
Use Aloe Vera and Apple Cider Vinegar as natural remedies for impetigo treatment. Rub aloe vera gel directly on the impetigo affected area, not less than four times a day. Also try 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar mixed in 1 cup water for cleaning the lesions.