Impetigo Skin Infections: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

By Patricia | November 13, 2009

Impetigo is a type of contagious skin infection that causes sores or blisters on the surface of the skin. The face and hands are most susceptible to this type of skin infection. The streptococcus and the staphylococcus aureus bacteria are the two types of bacteria that cause such skin infection mostly among pre- school and school going children. A child is more likely to be affected by impetigo during the summer months as compared to the rest of the year. Impetigo usually affects kids with previous history of skin problems such as insect bites, skin allergy, eczema, poison ivy or skin sensitivity to soap or make up.

Staphylococcus Aureus And Impetigo Blisters

Impetigo blisters caused by group A streptococcus begin as tiny blisters that burst and leave small patches of red skin. The red skin turns yellowish brown as it dries. Impetigo blisters caused by staphylococcus aureus leads to larger fluid filled blisters that stay intact without bursting. Skin irritation and itchiness are common symptoms associated with impetigo. It is important to note that this skin infection is contagious in nature and can spread to anyone who comes in contact with the infected skin or items used by an infected person. Contact with clothing items, towels or bed linen of the infected person is also a common cause for the spread of this skin condition.


Essential oils or aromatherapy is an effective medium to treat irritated skin. Essential oils help soothe the irritated skin, speed healing and prevent spreading the infection due to inherent antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Washing the blisters with water mixed with two drops each of lemon grass oil and patchouli oil can help soothe the skin. This simple home remedy can be repeated two to three times a day. An impetigo gel made of equal quantities of lemon grass oil and patchouli oil mixed with some Aloe Vera Gel can be applied on the affected area to speed healing. The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of lemon grass oil and patchouli restrict the infection and reduce inflammation. A solution made by simmering quarter cup each of rosemary and thyme leaves in two cups of water can be used to wash the affected areas. The solution must be cooled and then strained before using it as an astringent.

Keeping the affected skin area clean is of utmost importance to restrict the spread of infection. Always soak the affected areas in mild soapy water and gently scrub to remove dried crusts of skin. Pat dry and keep the affected skin area in a loose bandage. Avoid touching the infected areas to prevent the spread of the infection to other parts of the body.

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