Are there alternative treatments for impetigo?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There has been little research on the use of alternative treatments for impetigo, a skin infection caused by bacteria. One study found that a lotion made from black tea treated impetigo as effectively as antibiotic therapy. However, the study was small and not well designed, so it's still not clear that tea treatments will help. Washing regularly with soap and water can help to keep skin healthy and prevent infections. Always check with your doctor before trying any alternative treatments.

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