Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Dietary Changes
- Black Walnut
- Chlorine Water
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Colloidal Silver, Aloe Vera
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Ivory Soap and Campho-Phenique
- Lard, Sulfur
- Multiple Remedies
- Olive Oil and Garlic
- Over the Counter
- Sea Salt, Green Clay
- Tea Tree Oil
- Vodka and Heat
[YEA] 02/25/2013: Review01 from Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom: "I've been struggling with impetigo constantly for the last couple of months, I have now been able to reduce the outbreak to only 3 days. Simply soak a cotton bud in vodka and hold firmly on the infected area for a couple of minutes, do..."
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[YEA] 05/08/2010: Crashlady from Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania: "cure for impetigo: to stop the itch and dry the lesions use 1 pound of pure lard and 3 oz. sulfur compound. can be found at your local pharmacy. it dries the lesions and the fall off and the itching goes away. my grandmother used this formula for both chicken pox and impetigo. its great. really does the job."
[NAY] 06/14/2010: Equality from Atlanta, Ga, Usa: "Hello, I REALLY need help finding a cure for my 7 month old daughter's impetigo. The prescription creams and oral antibiotics are not working. I have also tried giving her turmeric mixed in her baby food, applied a turmeric cream to her skin, tried putting baking soda and peroxide in baths. Nothing seems to be working. I saw some improvement by keeping the sores covered with bandages, however she has many sores and the challenge is getting them all covered without her getting upset, which seems to make the condition worse. Whenever she cries the sores weep. I have read some of Ted's suggestions and the one where you mix borax, iodine, baking soda etc...seems like it might work, but I don't know the EXACT recipe. I already have most things to make the mix. FYI my daughter is has just been introduced to a few solid foods, and generally eats one solid meal per day about dinner time. Other than that she is breastfed. She also had to take antibiotics for 7 days after she was born, to "prevent" an unknown (to me) infection. She did swallow meconium during labor, but so did one of my other children and they did not take this precaution. She began suffering from impetigo around two months old. I would appreciate any help you could offer. Thanks!"Replies
06/17/2010: Dg from Atlanta, Ga replies: "The water in Atlanta can be really harsh. Try bathing the baby in filtered water then add the other suggestions."
05/07/2011: Mary from Spring City, Pa replies: "Hi, I want to reach out to you even though you may, hopefully, have healed your baby's condition. The antibiotics made your baby's ph balance overy acidic and created a fertile ground for candida ( yeast) to grow which is what impetigo is, yeast.
Changing your baby's ph balance to high alkaline through diet and enviroment you will be able to make use of these natural remedies."
09/07/2011: Paul from Unknown replies: "Impetigo is not yeast or fungal is is bacterial."
10/14/2011: Anna from Dallas, Texas replies: "She meant that the root cause of it is more often than not fungal, and starts as a candida infection in the gut (gut dysbiosis, or the imbalance of good and bad bacteria and yeasts). This will manifest on the skin (as well as pretty much anywhere else on or in the body that it finds is weak enough to invade and colonize). It is well known that chronic sufferers of this skin disorder also have other chronic problems of candida overgrowth (notice how all the "cures" mentioned on this page are the same ones that work for candida). Candida somehow enables staph and strep to go rampant when it is present as an infection on the skin. Yes, you can get a staph infection with a bad cut, alot of staph bacteria, and a weak immune system without having candida. But this is not the case for otherwise healthy looking individuals.
Just wanted to clarify."
Olive Oil and Garlic
[YEA] 09/29/2011: Ivy from San Gabriel, Ca: "I got impetigo for about a week. I had no idea how itchy it was going to be. Researching online for alternative cures, I found that using virgin olive oil with freshley chopped garlic did the trick. I first used a pad of witch hazel to clean the area. Then I applied the olive oil and chopped garlic with a cotton swab on affected area. If it was really itchy, I would also add hydrocortisone cream only if needed. If it was a bit itchy, I would only pinch myself on nonaffected area to take the itch away. I hope that it will work for all you impetigo sufferers."Replies
[YEA] 04/07/2013: Island Mommy from St. Thomas, Vi, Usa replies: "Wow, I'm such a scatter brain! I was reading the results with Grapefruit seed extract, and I misread the posts and thought it was Grape Seed extract, but hey, it worked. I'm not sure if it was the GSE, or the Garlic oil that I mixed together with it, but hey, it worked! They ony had GSE in powdered pill form, so I cut open the pills, and made a paste with garlic oil, and I was definitely happy with the results!! My 19mnth old had gotten impretigo 2 times before, and I used antibiotics both times, but when he contraced it again, I was totally fed up, and didnt want him on the meds anymore, especially since his teeth were browning from them. I also bathed him in a bath with tea tree oi drops. I am soooo grateful to Earth Clinic for finding alternative remedies for my children!"
Over the Counter
[YEA] 05/29/2012: David from Mcallen, Tx: "Hello everone, my name is David and I get impetigo break outs every since I can remeber being a kid. When I was younger I tried every type of option. I am 32 years old now and for me the simplest solution worked for me and which I still use today.
Go to your local drug store and get yourself some Campho-Phenique cold sore treatment with DRYING ACTION. It is important to get this exact one. Not the liquid one because we don't want to wet different areas. Its a thick gel type. What you do is get a q tip and dap only the effected area. The sooner the better. This dries quick and will crest kind of a scab over the blister. Let it sit and dap some more in a few hours. The first day of treating empetigo is very important. You do not want to break the skin of the sales because that's how it spreads, that why you do not use the liquid form, you will get horrible results. This gel neutralizes it and it is very important that you do not touch the soares for 24 hrs. You can gently dap more gel with a tooth tip as much as needed. One major mistake people make is that they take a shower, that is just feeding the problem. We want the sores to stay shut dry and never leak out. It is important for the sore to keeps its scab for as long as possible.
Day two you will see that soar looks to be tamed and is seems to be drying off, at the end of day 2 take a shower and the scam will easily fall off, the more time in the shower the scam slowly breaks down. It most like will bleed a little but this is the time to go for the kill. Get a fresh a tip and apply only on effected areas. It will most likely burn but its with the results. 1 hour later apply a little more and if their is no sting, you basically killed it..
Day 3 just leave a thin layer of medication one time and let the afternoon dry it out. You can follow that same procedure for day 4. That's it it will be dead and it will heal in time. If you're pro like me I catch them at a really early stage that you can't even tell. I catch them when they are still ingrown and by the time it surfaces 3 days later, it's already dead and healed itself in a short period. Things not to do, never lubricate these sores, never cover these sores and use a gel substance. When I was in high school I would cut the top of the sores with a razor blade, bleed it out and then apply rubbing alcohol on it, it stung but killed the damn things instantly. Campho Phenique is a more civilized major. Follow those rules and you'll be ok..."Replies
[YEA] 08/06/2012: Marlene from Morgan Hill, Ca replies: "I just bought Campho-Phenique Drying Gel for my imetigo, as suggested by another blogger. What a relief! Initially it burned a little but w/i minutes I had relief from the pain and itch and it does appear to be drying the lesions already. The mupirocin was buring and causing incessant itching! I've only had impetigo one other time, 4 yrs. Ago, and I suffered for almost 3 mos. I am also cleaning my lesion and the rest of my face with a chlorohexadine wash. Will keep you posted."
Sea Salt, Green Clay
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 07/09/2011: Denisee from Sacramento, , Ca: "For impetigo of the hands and fingers... I used coarse sea salt and green clay from the health food store. I then scrubbed my hands and fingers with it, , , I was surprised it didnt burn, , , then I rinsed it off and I immediately noticed all the itching was gone and the bright red bumps turned pink and white.... I slept well finally all the nite without the constant itch I had before... Im continuing to take the bactrim ds also cause I have a boil on my body elsewhere, , , , , , dont let too many horror stories scare you off.. From bactrim it may be the one antibiotic that will work for you, , , , . The key with bactrim is to drink alot of water to avoid too many side effects... Take yogurt also to replenish natural bacteria in intestines."
Tea Tree Oil
07/10/2012: Kyle from Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada: "I'm 22 years old and have been getting impetigo for as long as I can remember. Tried lots of things to kill it in the past and so far tea tree oil works best but number one thing is don't scratch or it spreads big time and fast."
[YEA] 02/01/2008: Ang from uckland, New Zealand: "Thank you for your wonderful website! I tried your tumeric cure on my 8 1/2 year old son, who just recently had school sores (impetigo), and then started to develop a boil (which is exactly what happened last time he had school sores at age 5 - he then went on to have boils for about 4 months). I gave him a tsp of tumeric in a chocolate milkshake 3 x per day for two days and the boil totally dried up and didn't get big or painful...and, no more boils have developed after 1 week! Awesome!!"Replies
08/02/2012: Sierra from Detroit Lakes, Mn, Usa replies: "I have tumeric pills. Will that work as well??"
08/09/2012: Pigeongurl from Lowell, Mi replies: "Yes Tumeric pills DO work. Take three pills three times a day to equal out one teaspoon... much better tasting than eating Tumeric (I even tried adding it to oatmeal with little luck)."
Vodka and Heat
[YEA] 02/25/2013: Review01 from Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom: "I've been struggling with impetigo constantly for the last couple of months, I have now been able to reduce the outbreak to only 3 days. Simply soak a cotton bud in vodka and hold firmly on the infected area for a couple of minutes, do this throughout the day when you become aware of it. Immediately after doing so, hold your hairdryer over the infected area until the heat becomes too uncomfortable for you, this dries it up nicely and speeds up healing remarkably while also killing bacteria with the heat. Many reviews say to wash the area throughout the day but this will actually help spread the impetigo - be careful not to get it too wet in the shower also. The vodka will kill bacteria effectively but also help prevent spreading. For me, on day 3 only a small scab was visible and it was clearly healing and disappearing much quicker than with previous methods."