Impetigo is a contagious skin infection usually associated with people from lower socio-economic backgrounds. It is characterized by bullous or non-bullous lesions typically on the face, around the mouth, nose and chin. Impetigo is caused by bacterial strains of Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes, either together or standalone. The disease is more common in hot humid regions, over-crowded areas, IV drug users, people with skin issues like scabies or eczema as well as in immune-compromised patients, diabetics, HIV and cancer sufferers.
Let us study some home remedies for healing impetigo skin infections.
1. Acidophilus bacteria
The best way to fight bacterial infections of any kind is to use probiotic bacteria or acidophilus. These good or friendly bacterial strains help build immunity, increase friendly flora and reduce allergic reactions.
2. Flaxseed oil
Taking flaxseed oil internally is one of the best home remedies to treat impetigo fast. Its anti-inflammatory properties cure all kinds of skin issues quickly. Flaxseed oil is one of the best known remedies to get rid of impetigo in adults and children.
Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and immune builder properties. It acts as a natural antibiotic to cure impetigo quickly. Apply garlic oil on the lesions and also take Garlic capsules every day. You can also eat fresh, raw garlic daily through your recipes. Applying garlic poultice on the impetigo lesions can heal them quickly and prevent them from spreading to healthy areas of the skin.
Lavender essential oil is a healing oil which you can apply neat/undiluted to the lesions to soothe the skin and prevent pain and inflammation.
5. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil for impetigo provides the skin with antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, tea tree oil is the best essential oil for quickly curing all kinds of skin infections.
6. Oregano oil
Oregano oil is strongly antifungal and antibacterial. Apply it to the sores to get quick relief and heal the skin overnight.
7. B complex
B-complex vitamin is important for skin repair and for fighting stress that causes skin diseases. Take a good quality multi-vitamin supplement.
8. Apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
This is a great remedy to remove the honey colored crusted skin which is typical of impetigo. Soak a clean cloth in a mixture of water and vinegar and use it to wipe away the crusted skin. You can also apply a compress made with apple cider vinegar to fight the bacteria. Leave the compress on for 10 minutes at a time and repeat application 3-4 times a day. Adults suffering from this disease may drink a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water or juice daily to strengthen immunity.
Heat kills the bacteria causing Impetigo sores. You can bathe in hot water or apply hot compresses to the sores. Alternatively, use a hair dryer on the lesions to heal and dry them up quickly.
10. Grapefruit seed extract
Grapefruit seed extract is one of the best home remedies to get rid of impetigo overnight. Its antioxidant and antibacterial properties kill the S.aureus bacteria and heal the skin. Take 120 mg daily to see results.
11. Aloe vera gel and juice
Drinking Aloe Vera juice helps cool and soothe inflamed skin. This remedy also strengthens the immune system and helps the body fight infections. You can also apply Aloe Vera gel all over the red, bullous lesions to heal them overnight.
12. Colloidal Silver
Many people swear by colloidal silver and its healing and immune boosting properties. You can apply the gel on the impetigo sores every few hours to heal the rash in a couple of days.
Take turmeric capsules for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. You can take a couple of teaspoons of the powder in a glass of milk each night to boost the immune system and fight skin infections. Alternatively, apply a paste of turmeric in water all over the lesions to kill the bacteria and heal the skin quickly. Be careful when using this remedy as turmeric can stain clothes and skin.
14. Coconut oil
Coconut oil for impetigo is a popular remedy known to show results in a short amount of time. Apply pure extra virgin coconut oil to the impetigo rash 2-3 times daily for several days until the skin heals completely.
15. Black walnut tincture
Black walnut tincture (made from green or black walnut hulls) is a perfect remedy for healing impetigo in adults and children. You can buy the tincture from health food stores or make one at home by infusing the hulls in alcohol. Apply the tincture to the scabs and sores several times a day to see results.
This herbal remedy boosts immunity and can cure and heal impetigo in a short duration. You can take large doses of Echinacea when suffering from any allergic or bacterial infection to heal the body. Also use Echinacea tincture on the scabs and lesions to dry them and heal them overnight.
Impetigo is a contagious bacterial skin infection that can pass on from one person to another. It is very important that you isolate the patient and wash all of her/his clothing and personal items in hot water. We hope the above home remedies help you treat impetigo fast.