CHILDRENS PROBLEMS: IMPETIGO

This bacterial infection, usually caused by a staphylococcal bacteria, is most commonly found in children but can occur at any age. It is generally an indication of a weakened immune system because staphylococcal bacteria are usually commensal (they live on us without any harm being caused). Use of antibiotics or antiseptic creams and lotions can lead to resistant strains that are tougher for the body to deal with and often result in a staphylococcal or impetigo infection.

It is important to recognize these blisters, which appear in a red rash, burst and form a brown crust, because impetigo is highly contagious and can spread rapidly. It is most often seen on the face but can occur anywhere.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Apply a Calendula lotion to the area every 2hr. Do not use an oil-based cream because the bacteria prefer a moist environment. Do not use antiseptic solutions such as TCP which will kill off the good bacteria around the lesion that are competing with the bad bugs.

Specific homeopathic remedies can be chosen depending on the symptoms, and a constitutional remedy should be administered via a homeopath.

The following supplements should be given per foot of height in divided doses throughout the day with meals: beta-carotene (2mg), vitamin C (lg) and vitamin E(100iu). Zinc should be given at a dose of 5mg per foot of height before bed.

Remember the highly contagious nature of impetigo and ensure good hygiene and that the infected party uses separate towels. No school until the infection has completely cleared.

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