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Causes of Impetigo and Impetigo Treatment

A host of rashes and skin aggravations take place in children as they grow up owing to their constant interaction with outdoors and picking up from nips and scratches at playtime. One of the more common among them is impetigo. Impetigo is a type of skin infection that takes place in children especially around the mouth and the child's nose.

The major cause of impetigo is bacterial infection and takes place when there is a cut or opening on the skin. However it can also take place when the skin is healthy. The rash erupts as a sore that's red in appearance. This sore erupts almost as soon as it is formed and there is a fluid that seeps out of it for a few days.

Once the fluid starts to crust over the formation, the sore turns to appear from reddish to yellowish brown. The skin infection at this stage is highly contagious as the bacteria can easily be transmitted from one child to another. Moreover the skin sores are not limited to just an isolated case. It quickly spreads throughout the body by simply scratching or touching the sore.

The infection in itself is not a serious condition and the sore are likely to disappear on its own after a couple of weeks. However there have been complicating factors associated with it if not treated on time. Doctors usually prescribe antibiotic treatments through ointments or oral intake. The infection ceases its contagious nature after a couple of days of the antibiotic therapy.

How to Treat Impetigo? Impetigo Home Treatments


The best way to prevent impetigo is through good hygiene. By taking good care of the skin through simple hygienic methods such as cleansing with soap and water can go a long way in reducing the chances of infection. Moreover insect bites or stings as well cuts and allergic reactions must be paid close attention to, to help prevent the infection from beginning and eventually spreading.

To treat minor sores that have not yet started to spread to other areas on the body the affected part of the skin must be soaked with a solution of white vinegar and water for half an hour. This will help to cleanse the bacterial infection and the formed scabs will also be easier to remove.  Distilled vinegar as a home remedy works as a mild antiseptic and is useful in cleaning sores that have crusted over.

After washing the cleansed area, the sore must be covered with an antibiotic ointment. This procedure must be done a number of times during the day. The sore must be kept away from scratching and touching it as much as possible. By applying a bandage of sterile covering on the infected area impetigo can be best prevented from spreading.