Date: Fri, 15 Mar 1996 12:14:00 -0500
From: Robert Seidel <RSYES.AOL.COM>
Subject: Re: Impetigo
> A couple of months ago my almost 3 yr old son had impetigo on his forehead. > The Dr. prescribed antibiotics which appeared to have cleared it up. Now it is starting up again in the exact same spot. I would like to try herbal treatments this time, since the antibiotic didn't take care of it. Any suggestions? I need to do something today, because it is spreading fast. As of now, it is only the size of a large pea.
I also had impetigo when I was a teenager. It required daily (painful) scrubbings with a disinfectant soap. It was very uncomfortable treatment, but the problem never returned. Also it might be a good idea to have your child use disposable towels and to make sure the affected area is covered to avoid casual contact. I was never given antibiotics.
From: Carey Frazier <careyf.MSN.COM>
Some homeopathic practitioners recomend Calcium sulphide (hepar sulphuris calcareum). I thought that you might be interested in this definition from a medical dictionary to assist your decision.
impetigo /im'pftm'gr/ an infection of the skin beginning as a redness and progressing to itching blisters, breakdown of the skin, and honey-colored crusts. Lesions usually form on the face and spread locally. The disorder is highly contagious by contact with the discharge from the lesions. Acute kidney trouble is an occasional complication. Treatment includes thorough cleansing with antibacterial soap and water, compresses of Burow's solution, removal of crusts, and use of systemic antibiotics. Treatment is essential to prevent spread of infection. Use of individual washcloths and linens, and careful and frequent hand washing are needed.
From: Carolyn McLaughlin <UNIVSCVM.CSD.SCAROLINA.EDU>
Use any antibacterial soap to fight impetigo. We had lots of trouble when my son was small and using an antibacterial soap right away, keep it dry and clean and it should clear in a few days.