Impetigo is an extremely contagious skin infection caused by a bacteria. It is more common in infants and young children, though adults can get affected too. The main symptom of impetigo includes the appearance of red sores on the face. These sores tend to rupture, ooze fluid and form crusts. The area around the child’s nose and mouth is usually affected.
In some cases, the hands and feet may also develop impetigo sores. Homeopathic remedies for impetigo help heal the eruptions and prevent further spread of the infection. Mezereum, Graphites, and Antimonium Crudum are the top homeopathic medicines used to treat impetigo.
Homeopathic Treatment of Impetigo
Homeopathic medicines help treat impetigo very effectively by boosting the immune system to fight the infection. Homeopathy helps bring about natural treatment for impetigo. These remedies help relieve the discharge from eruptions and the attending itching, burning, pain and tenderness.
Homeopathic Medicines for Impetigo
Mezereum – Natural Remedy for Impetigo with Thick Crusts
Mezereum is an effective homeopathic medicine used to treat impetigo in cases where there is a formation of thick crusts on the skin. It is prepared from fresh bark of a plant called Daphne Mezereum (also commonly named as Spurge Olive.) This plant belongs to the natural order Thymelaceae. The eruptions most prominently appear around the mouth with honey-like scabs. The eruptions also appear on the nose along with a pale discharge. Yellowish brown scabs form on the nose after rupturing of the eruptions. Yellow, thick pus may discharge from the sores. Sometimes the sores bleed on touch. The eruptions are itchy, and the child continually scratches them. Tearing the scabs causes pain, and there may be a burning sensation in the eruptions. The child may also be highly irritable and restless.
Graphites – Natural Medicine for Impetigo with Eruptions and Discharge
Homeopathic medicine Graphites offers a natural cure for impetigo. The chief characteristic to use Graphites in impetigo include eruptions that exude watery, transparent, sticky, gluey discharges. The eruptions at first are light – colored with itching followed by scab formation. The itching subsides once the scabs are formed. In some cases, there may be pus and discharge of watery blood from the eruptions. The discharges may be corrosive.
Antimonium Crudum – Natural Homeopathic Remedy for Impetigo with Scabs
Antimonium Crudum is a natural homeopathic cure for impetigo in cases where the eruptions are covered with thick, hard, honey-colored scabs. The crusty eruptions are painful to touch and are usually present on the face around the lips. The discharge from the sores is greenish.
Cicuta – Effective Homeopathic Medicine for Impetigo with Scabs that Itch and Burn
Cicuta is a natural treatment for impetigo prepared from the fresh root of a plant called Cicuta Virosa or Water Hemlock. This plant belongs to the natural order Umbelliferae. Just like Antimonium Crudum, Cicuta is also indicated for impetigo eruptions with honey-colored scabs that itch and burn. The scabs fall off and leave behind a bright red, smooth surface. The eruptions appear around the corners of mouth and hands, and may also spread to the chin. The eruptions tend to discharge yellow corrosive fluid.
Dulcamara – Natural Homeopathic Medicine for Impetigo Eruptions with Crusts
Dulcamara is a safe, natural medicine for impetigo prepared from fresh green stems and leaves od a plant called Woody Nightshade or Bitter-Sweet. These are gathered just before the flowering of the plant. The natural order of this plant is Solanaceae. Dulcamara works effectively in cases of impetigo where the eruptions are covered with thick, brown – yellow crusts. The crusts are surrounded by a red colored border. These bleed when scratched and may ooze watery fluid or pus. The eruptions are itchy and sensitive to touch. There may be worsening of symptoms from washing the eruptions.
Natrum Mur – Homeopathic Remedy for Sores with Watery Fluid in Impetigo
Natrum Mur is an effective homeopathic medicine for impetigo that works well in cases where there are sores with a watery substance. The sores are present around the mouth and on the upper lip, below nasal septum. The upper lip may be swollen, and there may be a burning sensation on the sores. The sores become merged, burst and then get covered with a scab.
Rhus Tox – Effective Medicine for Impetigo with Blisters filled with Yellow, Watery Content
Rhus Tox offers an effective homeopathic treatment for cases of impetigo where there is the appearance of blisters filled with yellow, watery content. The blisters are large and appear on the corners of the mouth. These are itchy and very painful. In some cases, there is a burning, biting, tingling, stinging sensation present in the eruptions. The blisters are also sore to touch, and there is a marked redness of the skin. Thick crusts form over the eruptions after the secretion of yellow, foul-smelling, fluid matter.
Hepar Sulph – Homeopathic Medicine for Pus-filled Sores in Impetigo
Hepar Sulph is an effective homeopathic medicine for impetigo in cases where there is the formation of painful, pus-filled sores on the skin. The eruptions are very sensitive and sore to touch, and these tend to turn into ulcers. The ulcers ooze blood-tinged pus that smells foul. Burning and stinging pains may also appear in the ulcers.
Sulphur – Homeopathic Remedy for Itchy Eruptions in Impetigo
Sulphur is a natural medicine for impetigo where there are itchy eruptions. These eruptions tend to get worse during the evening and the night. The heat of the bed also tends to make it worse. In cases needing Sulphur, the eruptions begin as vesicles filled with a watery serum that becomes purulent, followed by thick scab formation. Stitch-like pricking sensation may also arise in the eruptions. The eruptions burn and pain after scratching them. There may also be bleeding after scratching.
Merc Sol – Natural Homeopathic Medicine for Impetigo with Painful Eruptions
Merc Sol offers a natural cure for impetigo in cases where there are painful eruptions. The pain may be stinging, stitching or burning in nature. It gets worse by touch. Vesicular eruptions that discharge a thin, clear fluid are present. The discharge may be acrid. Sometimes crusty eruptions with excessive pus are present. In some cases, the eruptions discharge blood. After scratching the surrounding area of eruptions tend to get inflamed.
Causes and Risk Factors of Impetigo
Impetigo is the result of a bacterial infection, usually by strains of Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes. Impetigo spreads via direct skin to skin contact with the sores of an infected person. One can also contract impetigo by coming in contact with objects like bedding, clothes, towels, toys, etc. that are infected with the fluid from the sores. The risk factors for impetigo include living in a warm, humid climate, being in a crowded place like a school, from a skin injury (like from an insect bite or a rash), or due to a skin complaint like eczema or psoriasis.
Symptoms of Impetigo
The main symptom of impetigo includes the presence of red sores on the skin. The main location of these sores is the area around the mouth, lips, and nose. The hands and feet may also get affected. The sores turn into blisters that mature, burst and ooze fluid followed by a yellowish-brown crust or honey-colored crust formation. The eruptions may be tender, itchy and painful. In some cases, impetigo invades the deeper layers of the skin. In such cases, there are pus-filled eruptions with thick crusts that may turn into deep ulcers.