Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection caused due to Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria. This skin infection is highly contagious and common among athletes, children. Impetigo begins when a tiny cut or scratch gets infected. Pre-school and school-aged children are most affected by impetigo during summer. Those affected by skin problems like eczema and skin allergy are more prone to impetigo. This bacterial skin infection spreads from one part of the body to another by touching the infected area.
Bacteria can enter the skin through cuts, abrasions or insect bites and this is one of the major causes of impetigo. The area around the nose, mouth, hands and forearms are some of the places impetigo commonly occurs. Young children are likely to develop impetigo skin infection around the diaper area.
- Staphylococcus aureus (staph) and Streptococcus pyogenes (strep) are the major causes of impetigo skin infection.
- Coming in close contact with the infected person or touching his/her belongings like clothing, towels and bed linen will result in the spread of impetigo.
- The toxin produced by staph bacteria spreads the infection to skin nearby.
Signs and Symptoms:
The signs and symptoms of impetigo skin infection are detected at least 1 to 3 days after contracting the infection. Some of the symptoms of impetigo rash include –
- Having blisters or sores on the face, neck, hands, and diaper area of children.
- Itchy and less painful sores on the face or any part of the body.
- Red sores ooze after few days forming yellowish-brown crust.
- Blisters filled with yellowish fluid, turning into deep ulcers in later stages.
Majority of bacterial skin infections are mild and can easily be treated with numerous options available these days. However, some of the infections can turn out to be very grave and even life threatening. It is therefore very important to select the most appropriate option in treating impetigo. Impetigo natural treatment is most effective in treating the skin infection. Here are a few simple ways to treat impetigo rash.
- Mild impetigo can be treated by gently cleansing the infected area.
- Treating impetigo by removing crusts and applying an antibiotic ointment is a good treatment option.
- Crusts can be removed by soaking infected area in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Antibiotics that need to be applied directly to the affected area are prescribed for those suffering from mild impetigo.
- Severe impetigo requires oral antibiotic medication.