Impetigo

Signs and Symptoms

  • Patch of itchy, red blisters on the face, arms, or legs
  • When blisters break they become oozing sores that eventually scab

Description

Impetigo is a skin infection caused by either the stapphococci or streptococci bacterium. The condition occurs when bacteria enter a wound-such as a scratch, cut, abrasion, or insect bite and cause a rash of red blisters that ooze a highly contagious fluid. Any physical contact with this fluid, including scratching or even touching, can spread blisters to other parts of the body or transmit the infection to other people. Two or three days after developing, the blisters scab, developing yellow or brown crusts. These sores heal slowly-taking up to five weeks to fully heal.

While impetigo can strike anyone, it is most prevalent among children. It is also common among people who have poor hygiene, are malnourished, or live in unhygienic conditions.

Conventional Medical Treatment

Most cases of impetigo do not require a visit to the doctor and clear up within a few days. To prevent the condition from spreading, everyone in the household, including the infected person, should practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washings.

If the infection lasts for more than a few days or infects a very young child, visit a physician or dermatologist, who can diagnose impetigo with a tissue sample biopsy Conventional treatment includes topical antibiotic creams or oral antibiotic therapy.

Complementary and Alternative Treatments

Nutrition and Supplementation

Nutritionists recommend the following daily supplements:

  • vitamin A (10,000 IU for 5 days, then stop for 2 days; do not exceed 8000 IU daily if you are pregnant)-adult dose; reduce for child
  • vitamin D (400 IU)-for 5 days then stop for 2 days-adult dose; reduce for child
  • vitamin E (100 to 400 IU)
  • vitamin C (500 mg twice daily)
  • zinc (30 mg)
  • selenium (200 mcg)

Aromatherapy

For this infectious disease, apply a compress using 2 drops each of myrrh, German chamomile, and tea tree oil. Apply to the infected areas often.

Herbal Therapy

Marigold, with its antibacterial properties, can help fight infection and aid healing. Mix 5 drops marigold tincture in 1 cup cooled, boiled water and apply directly to the infected skin. Repeat several times a day, as long as necessary.

Herbal products are available in health food stores and in some pharmacies and supermarkets. Follow package for specific directions.

Homeopathy

Impetigo may respond to homeopathic treatment. However, the selection of a remedy-more than one is available-depends on your symptoms and the stage of the condition. Don’t try treating this disorder yourself. See a homeopathic professional.

Hydrotherapy

Bathe red, blistered areas with a solution of Hypericum and Calendua. Add 5 drops of each tincture to 1 cup of cooled boiled water; use several times a day. These remedies can be purchased at health food stores.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture While acupuncture can not cure impetigo, it can be used to help make the patient more comfortable by lessening the pain associated with impetigo blisters. Many times it can help correct an balance, especially when used in combination with diet modification and herbs.

Chinese Herbal Therapy Although antibiotics are almost always recommended in the treatment of a highly contagious bacterial infection, such as impetigo, herbs can be helpful in alleviating symptoms until the condition is cured.

The Chinese herbal formula known as Lien Chiao Pai Tu Pien may be used to help stave off
secondary infections and heal skin ulcers.

Common Skin Conditions: Dermatitis and Moles

Two of the most common skin conditions are the presence of moles and dermatitis. Moles can have more serious consequences than the irritation of dermatitis.

Moles occur when the cells in the skin that give it its pigment, called melanocytes, grow in clusters. These cells normally grow throughout the skin, but when too many grow in the same place a mole occurs. Most moles appear before the age of 25, but some may appear much later. Moles can remain static or change over time. Although most are not dangerous, some can be malignant and lead to melanoma. Any mole that oozes or becomes painful or sensitive should be checked out by a dermatologist. Moles that suddenly appear after the age of 25 or begin to change or grow should also be evaluated.

When evaluating your moles, keep the following in mind. Moles should be round. If your moles are asymmetrical, or irregular in shape, have it evaluated. If you find a mole that is larger than ¼”, mention it to your doctor or dermatologist. If you find that your mole has an irregular or jagged edge, or is not all one color, have your doctor look at it. Finally, any mole that is red or blue may be cause for concern.

Treating moles is not difficult. If a mole is embarrassing, or becomes irritated under your clothing, you may ask your doctor to remove it. Moles can be frozen with a chemical, after which they dry up and fall off. Other moles can be simply cut off of the skin. Often, doctors will remove entire moles that seem suspicious and test the tissue for cancer. If any malignancy is found, they may cut out a slightly larger area of skin and then suture the site closed.

Check your skin regularly for changes in your moles. If any seem suspicious, or any changes have occurred, let your doctor know. Preventing a problem is as easy as going on “mole patrol.”

For more on Skin Disorder 

Every Teenages Nightmare – Battling Acne

Acne. The word strikes fear in heart of anyone who has had
to deal with it. And the unfortunate reality is that it
isn’t just an affliction that affects teenagers, many people
suffer from acne well into adulthood. And who hasn’t heard
the outrageous claims that are made by so many producers of
acne treatment.

The problem is that each person is different, so there isn’t
one blanket treatment. People are willing to spend their
hard earned money looking for the perfect solution to their
acne problem.

There are some steps everyone suffering form severe acne can
take. Acne is seen as severe when it covers a major portion
of a person’s face. It is important to seek advice from a
dermatologist if this is the case for you. He or she will
find a medication to help your condition. If you just ignore
it, you could end up with facial scarring. For those who
don’t suffer from severe acne, the condition isn’t as
urgent, but of course they too want it cleared up.

One of the most important steps in skin treatment is finding
a good cleanser. Most cosmetic companies tout their products
as the ones that will do the best job of clearing up your
acne problem. At the very least, they promise to reduce the
number of blemishes. Many of these products are very
expensive.

It is possible that the situation goes from bad to worse
with the use of some of these products. Drug stores have low
priced, gentle and non-foaming cleansers that have been
found to be most appropriate for this purpose.

Drinking lots of water each day is another good habit to
acquire if you suffer from acne. There are studies that show
water as contributing to a smooth and clear complexion. One
of the things it does is flush out toxins that are in all of
our bodies. Like most things, how much water to drink varies
by individual. If you ingest too much it can lower the
number of electrolytes in your system, so don’t overdo it. A
good number to try for is somewhere between seven and twelve
glasses per day.

If you have the money to spend, facials are a great way to
help fight against acne and blemishes. Many people have tiny
blackheads on their face. While these are unsightly in
themselves, they can erupt into whiteheads or pimples
without a moment’s notice. Deep pore facials are excellent
because they work to remove the blackheads completely. This
is done by a process called extraction and you should not
attempt to do this yourself, as you can easily harm the
delicate skin on the face.

Facials can cost over $100, so if you can have one every
month or every other month, your skin will improve
dramatically. The aesthetician will also advise you on
products to use in between facials and help minimize
breakouts.

HOME REMEDIES FOR ACNE

Most people have had to deal with acne at some time. Since
it’s been around for so long there are a lot of solutions
available. To find which is right for you may take time and
a few failed attempts, but stick with it. You will
eventually find a product that won’t bankrupt you.

If you try a number of products and nothing seems to work,
be sure to contact a skin doctor. A dermatologist can
prescribe a medicine that isn’t available over the counter.

Prevent Acne

Millions of Americans are plagued with the skin disorder
acne, and all are interested in finding ways to prevent acne
from affecting their skin and ways to treat current pimples,
lesions, and scarring. Acne is a skin disorder that results
from increased hormone levels in the body that catalyzes a
production and secretion of increased sebum, or oil through
the skin pores. Acne results when this sebum clogs the pore
and bacteria and dead skin cells from the skins surface
enter the pore. The result is red pimples and lesions on the
skins surface that causes embarrassment to all and scarring
and disfigurement to many. Because of this, everyone with
acne is interested in knowing exactly what causes the
lesions and pimples on their faces, backs, necks, and
shoulders.

Unfortunately, although doctors and researchers have been
working for a long time to pinpoint exactly what causes
acne, they have not been able to pinpoint an exact cause and
resulting treatment. However, they have uncovered that rise
in hormone levels affects the amount of sebum secreted
through pores and the way it ultimately interacts with the
skin on the surface. Although every individual experiences a
time of increased hormone levels, not all people develop
acne or the case is mild to severe.

There are many myths regarding acne and what causes it to
develop as well. One myth is that eating chocolate will give
you acne. This is completely untrue. Another is that greasy
foods will give you acne as well; also, untrue. Researchers
have found that food does not seem to affect whether
individuals develop acne or not. Stress is also blamed for
creating acne and blemishes; however it has no bearing on
your skin either. Basically, acne is a result of increased
hormones that affect the sebum gland that creates too much
sebum and clogs the pore, which leads to a pimple.

Also, acne is not reserved for individuals of a certain race
or age. In fact, anyone can develop acne despite their age
or race. However, typically younger individuals develop acne
because of the many changing hormones. Because of the many
case of acne in Americans, people are really interested in
how to treat it.

Generally, dermatologists treat acne in individuals and work
to clear up current acne, stop new pimples from developing,
treat any scars that might have developed and work to keep
acne to a minimum and the patient happy with their
appearance. The treatments include medicated creams to apply
to the affected areas several times a day as well as pills.
Sometimes doctors use a combination of the above to get the
desired affect of clear skin because different people react
differently to medications. If you have a problem with acne
make an appointment with your local dermatologist in order
to get the disorder under control as quickly as possible and
minimize scarring and/or disfigurement.

Home remedies for skin disorders