Herbal Remedies For Cellulitis And Impetigo

Abstract

This write up will be about two health ailments, i.e. Cellulitis and Impetigo. Cellulitis is a bacterial infection affecting skin’s deeper layers, soft tissue and fat below it. It is more dangerous and can be life threatening when compared to impetigo. Whereas impetigo is the superficial and one of the common and contagious skin infections affecting usually children and infants. Also we will be learning about herbal remedies which can help in treating both skin conditions.

Introduction

Cellulitis – It is a bacterial infection affecting skin and deeper tissues present under the skin. Deeper layers of the skin, i.e. subcutaneous tissue and dermis are involved in cellulitis. Streptococcus and Staphylococcus bacteria are responsible for this infection. It is a serious as well as common infection which can affect people of any age group or race. Cellulitis is not a contagious infection.

Impetifgo – It is a common skin infection usually affecting children and fortunately impetigo is a superficial infection. However, impetigo is known for its contagiousness as it can easily be transferred from one child to another. Staphylococcus aureus or streptococcus pyogenes are the causative agents. It can be of two types either bullous or nonbullous in nature.

cellulitis & Impetigo

Signs & Symptoms

Cellulitis

Signs and symptoms usually start from a small affected area which is:

  • Red
  • Swollen
  • Tender
  • Warm to touch

Further these symptoms spread to the nearby skin. As the infection progresses, a person may develop generalized symptoms like:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Cold sweats and chills
  • Nausea
  • Swelling of lymph glands (nearby to the primary site of infection)

Impetigo

  • Appearance of sores on the face, legs or arms
  • Appearance of blister which eventually breaks into red and moist skin
  • Itching and irritation

Causes

Cellulitis – Streptococcus and Staphylococcus group are commonly found on the surface of skin which generally do not cause any harm but when these bacteria enter inside the skin through any scratch or cut, it results in infection.

Impetifgo – Staphylococcus aureus or streptococcus pyogenes can enter your kid’s body through an open cut or wound or they can get it from another infected child during playing any contact sport. Skin troubles like insect bites, eczema, body lice or other fungal infections also prone a child to develop impetigo.

Diagnosis

Cellulitis – It is very crucial to diagnose cellulitis as early as possible because if left untreated for a long time it can lead to a life threatening situation. However it can be many times difficult to diagnose the specific infection. Certain measures used to diagnose are:

  • Clinical history
  • Physical examination
  • Swab or biopsy from the affected area
  • Blood tests for confirmation of infection

Impetifgo – Physical examination of the sores is generally enough to diagnose the condition and blood tests are not required.

Treatment of Cellulitis & Impetigo

Cellulitis – Certain antibiotics like penicillin, amoxicillin, ampicillin etc are given to clear the infection. If still the infection persists, corticosteroids are given in case the infection is thought to be due to an autoimmune reaction.

Impetifgo – As this is a highly contagious infection, cleanliness and hygiene is a must for the patient as well as people around him/her. Sores should be washed regularly with soap and water and topical antibiotics prescribed by doctor are applied. Usually the impetigo goes away with it and if not then the oral antibiotics are given.

This is the conventional treatment for cellulitis and impetigo, however there can be certain side effects of these corticosteroids and antibiotics. As per the Ayurveda, any disease condition originates due to the vitiation of any of the three doshas, i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha. This vitiated dosha can be corrected by using certain therapeutic herbs, naturally. Hence, impetigo and cellulitis can also be treated through Ayurvedic herbal remedies that too safely and gently.

Herbal Remedies By Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is one of the leading names in the field of herbal pharmaceuticals. It has been serving the suffering humanity for around two decades. All the herbal products are purely vegetarian and organic and manufactured under the strict supervision of expert MD ayurveda doctors. No any kind of chemicals, yeast, preservatives, chemicals, colors or fillers are present in these herbal products and medicines. For Cellulitis and impetigo, Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal remedies that have been known to treat such cases amazingly.

herbal remedies for cellulitis & Impetigo

Product List

  1. Gandhak rasayan
  2. Kaishore guggul
  3. Curcumin capsule
  4. Pitta balance
  5. Neem capsule
  6. Manjishtha capsule
  7. Gleaming skin hair nails formula
  8. Jatyadi oil
  9. Nirgundi oil

Product Description

1. Gandhak Rasayan

It helps in maintenance of healthy skin and prevents various skin infections. Gandhak rasayan is an amazing natural remedy used to treat various fungal and bacterial infections. These tablets are prepared from Shuddha gandhak (Purified sulphur).

Dosage – Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water

2. Kaishore Guggul

Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) etc are the herbs used for formulation of Kaishore guggul tablets. It helps in relieving the inflammation and eliminates the infectious agents and toxins from the blood.

Dosage – Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water

3. Curcumin Capsule

The standardized extract of Curcumin (active compound of turmeric) (Curcuma longa) is used to formulate these herbal capsules. It possesses amazing therapeutic properties that help in treating inflammation and eliminating the infection from the skin.

Dosage – Take 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water

4. Pitta Balance

As the name suggests these capsules help in pacifying the vitiated Pitta dosha which is the main cause behind these skin infections as per Ayurveda. Pitta balance capsules are prepared from Praval pishti (Coral calcium), Akik pishti (Agate calcium), Mukta pishti (Pear calcium) etc.

Dosage – Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

5. Neem Capsules

Neem (Azadirachta indica) is used in the standardized form for the preparation of neem capsules. These capsules help in clearing all types of infections from the skin and blood and make it healthy.

Dosage – Take 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water

6. Manjishtha Capsule

These capsules are very well known to treat any type of skin ailments. It balances the tridosha and eradicates the infection from its root cause. Rubia cordifolia is the herb used in the preparation of Manjishtha capsules.

Dosage – Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

7. Gleaming Skin Hair Nails Formula

It is the multi herbal capsule prepared from various herbs like Ghrit kumari (Aloe barbadensis), Pit papda (Fumaria officinalis), Chirata (Swertia chirata), and Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia). Regular consumption helps in maintaining healthy skin, cleanses blood and eliminates the toxins from skin and blood.

Dosage – Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

8. Jatyadi Oil

This herbal oil is very well used to treat different kinds of skin ailments like wounds and scars and also relieve itching, inflammation and burning on the affected area of the skin.

9. Nirgundi Oil

Vitex negundo is the major herb used in preparation of the nirgundi oil. Local application of nirgundi oil on the affected area relieves inflammation and eliminates the infection.

Direction – Mix few drops of Jatyadi oil with few drops of nirgundi oil and apply on the affected area locally

Conclusion

Cellulitis and impetigo are however different skin conditions but the herbal remedies mentioned above can treat both of them effectively and naturally. These remedies possess all the herbs which are required to end the infection and maintain a healthy skin be it superficial like impetigo or deep like cellulitis.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurveda) is an expert ayurvedic doctor based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda - Ancient healing treatment, not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic and Krishna Herbal Company. Read More

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