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15 Home Remedies for Impetigo  

Impetigo is a skin infection that is typically caused by bacteria from the streptococcus (strep) or staphylococcus (staph) families. With an outbreak of impetigo, blisters and sores develop on the skin, fill with fluid, ooze and then crust over. Often, severe itching accompanies the rash. Home remedies for impetigo are natural and inexpensive.

The following home remedies for impetigo include centuries-old solutions and more modern interventions. We’ve included easy-to-follow instructions to help you try each remedy.

1. Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit seed extract is popular for its ability to fight off fungal infections. This makes it ideal for the job of fighting MRSA, one of the infections that can cause impetigo.

half of a grapefruit
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Directions

  • Pour the Grapefruit seed extract into a bowl.
  • Use a Q-tip or a cotton ball or swab to dip into the bowl of grapefruit seed extract. Do not use your hands. Be sure that you use a new cotton product for each application so you don’t spread anything.
  • Apply the Grapefruit seed extract directly to the skin. You want to cover the affected area generously for best results.
  • Be mindful not to get any of the Grapefruit seed extract in your eyes. 

2. Ginger

Ginger has long been used to fight bacteria, reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. This can help to speed healing along when it comes to impetigo. The best way to get ginger into your system when sick is through a tea.

Necessary Items

  • Ginger
  • Water

Directions

  • Bring water to its boiling point.
  • Place the ingredient into the bottom of the mug or mix the ingredient in. You want to be sure that it is thoroughly blended in.
  • Cover the ingredient with water.
  • Let it steep it for 10-15 minutes.
  • Drink the whole cup up to twice daily. You can drink it when symptoms are present or as a way to stop them.
  • Enjoy the warmth that comes along with the hot tea to further soothe your ailments.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar 

Apple cider vinegar is a great detoxifier. This detox compound is great for helping suck out the wetness and infection in the impetigo blisters in order to facilitate faster healing.

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Directions

  • Dump the apple cider vinegar into a dish.
  • Use a cotton ball or swab to dunk into the bowl of apple cider vinegar. Do not use your hands. Be sure that you use a new cotton product for each application so you don’t spread anything.
  • Apply the apple cider vinegar right onto the skin. Be sure that you apply It generously.
  • Be careful not to get any of the apple cider vinegar in your eyes.

4. Turmeric

Turmeric is an ultra powerful anti-inflammatory. Not only this, but a recent study deduced that this herb has powerful abilities to fight off MRSA. You can use it to reduce the inflammation and make these lesions less uncomfortable and itchy.

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  • Turmeric
  • Q-tip or cotton swab/ball
  • Bowl

Directions

  • Pour the Turmeric into a cup of warm water. Mix it in like an herbal tea. Drink it slowly.
  • Choose to apply it topically to the skin. Do this by mixing it with a small amount of water and baking soda to make a paste and then apply it.

5. Coconut Oil

When you put coconut oil on your skin, the lauric acid stops the skin from being able to host pathogens like bacteria. It creates a sort of barrier against bacteria, fungus and viruses. This makes it ideal for impetigo and stopping the spread.

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Directions

  • Warm up coconut oil
  • Dip a cotton ball into the oil.
  • Dab it onto the affected skin.
  • Let it soak in.

6. Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is an antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial compound. It can help during an outbreak of impetigo to speed along the healing process. Cell division is interrupted when MRSA is introduced to manuka honey, so you can also stop the spread.

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Directions

  • Put manuka honey in a dish.
  • Collect some using a cotton swab.
  • Rub it onto the affected skin.
  • Take a bit of the honey with a clean spoon for further antibacterial consumption.

7. Goldenseal

Goldenseal, when applied topically, can fight the bacteria and fight off infections. This makes it ideal for impetigo as it can help to keep the lesions free from infection.

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Directions

  • Make a paste with the goldenseal. Use a small bit of water, baking soda and golden seal.
  • Mix it all together.
  • Use a Q-tip and apply the paste right to the skin.
  • Be careful not to get any of the goldenseal in your eyes. 

8. Green Tea

Green tea is not only for drinking. It can be applied topically, especially in instances like impetigo. You can prevent the spread of the infection to other parts of the body thanks to its antiseptic abilities and antioxidants.

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Necessary Items

  • Green tea
  • Q-tip or cotton swab/ball
  • Bowl

Directions

  • Use green tea leaves and boil water.
  • Put the green tea leaves into a mug.
  • Pour boiling water over top of them.
  • Let them sit for 15 minutes.
  • Drink the tea many times a day. 

9. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is great at preventing the growth of fungus. This can help stop the spread of MRSA and thereby impetigo.

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Directions

  • Dump the tea tree oil into a dish.
  • Use a Q-tip to dunk it into the bowl of tea tree oil. Do not use your hands.
  • Always use a new cotton product for each application so you don’t end up spreading anything.
  • Apply the tea tree oil right on to the skin. Cover the area generously.
  • Be sure not to get any of the tea tree oil in your eyes.

10. Warm Compresses

A warm compress is one of the best ways to cure impetigo. This is because the heat can help kill the bacteria that is causing the infection. It can also calm down the inflammation while drying out the lesions.

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Directions

  • Make a heating compress pack by heating up a hand towel with water and putting it into a plastic bag.
  • Press the warm compress to the part of your body that is painful.
  • Try to warm it for 15 minutes at a time.
  • Remove the warm compress and let your body sit on its own for 15 minutes.
  • Repeat this process until the pain goes away. 

11. White Vinegar

White vinegar is a great antioxidant. This detox compound can stop the infection in the impetigo blisters from spreading. This can also facilitate faster healing.

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Directions

  • Pour the White vinegar into a bowl.
  • Take a cotton swab and collect vinegar onto it..
  • Squeeze out excess.
  • Apply it to the affected area directly.
  • Rinse it off after around 20 minutes

12. Garlic

Garlic is at once an antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial. This makes it ideal for tackling every aspect of impetigo.

Necessary Items

  • Garlic juice
  • Q-tip or cotton swab/ball
  • Bowl

Directions

  • Chop up a few cloves of garlic.
  • Use the minced garlic and apply it to the affected area.
  • Tape it onto the area.
  • Leave it there for around 30 minutes
  • Remove the tape and garlic.

13. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is antiseptic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory. This is an ideal mixture of compounds that can help to stop impetigo in its tracks.

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Directions

  • Use either store bought aloe vera or take it direcly from the plant.
  • Put some on a Q-tip.
  • Apply it to the skin directly.
  • Rub it into the skin.
  • Let it sit and soak in.

14. Myrrh Extract

The astringent and antiseptic properties of myrrh extract can deal with the symptoms of impetigo.

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Directions

  • Put myrrh onto the affected area by using a Q-tip.
  • Use a new Q-tip for each new area as not to cause the infection to spread.
  • Let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Rinse it off with clean and cool water. 

15. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt can provide relief from the itching and burning symptoms of the impetigo.

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Directions

  • Warm up some distilled water.
  • Insert the Epsom salt into the water.
  • Mix it up thoroughly to form a solution.
  • Use a cotton swab and dip it into the water.
  • Apply it directly to the skin.
  • Do this as often as you need to.

Conclusion

Home remedies for impetigo should begin to work within 2 to 3 days. If you do not notice a difference in your skin, develop a fever or notice changes in urination or back pain, consult a doctor immediately. These could be signs that the infection has spread internally.

Have you had success using home remedies for impetigo? If so, tell us about your experience in the comments section. Sharing your remedies can help other readers deal with impetigo at home.

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