Well well well, it looks like we’ve got ourselves a case of the ole lip-impetigo. Don’t worry, we’ll get through this together!
First things first, let’s talk about what exactly impetigo on the lips is. It’s a skin infection caused by bacteria, typically either streptococcus or staphylococcus. It’s characterized by sores or blisters that can be itchy, painful, and highly contagious.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “But, I thought impetigo was just a fancy word for a really bad case of chapped lips!” And you’re not entirely wrong, my friend. But trust me, this is a whole different level of lip woes.
So, what are some symptoms of impetigo on the lips? Well, you might notice red, swollen, and blistered skin. You might also experience itching or pain. And of course, there’s the whole highly contagious thing, so if you notice any of these symptoms, it’s best to stay away from smooching and sharing lip balm.
Now, let’s talk about some folk remedies for impetigo on the lips. I know you’re probably tempted to reach for that tube of chapstick you’ve had since the Clinton administration, but unfortunately, that’s not going to cut it. Some people recommend using tea tree oil or aloe vera to help soothe the skin and fight off the bacteria. But before you go slathering your lips in essential oils, it’s important to note that there’s not a lot of scientific research to back up these claims. So, it’s always best to talk to a doctor before trying any home remedies.
Speaking of scientific research, there isn’t a ton out there specifically about impetigo on the lips. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Impetigo is typically treated with antibiotics, either in the form of a cream or oral medication. In more severe cases, a doctor might also prescribe a stronger antibiotic.
So, there you have it folks. Impetigo on the lips is no joke, but with the right treatment, you’ll be back to puckering up in no time. Just remember to wash your hands, avoid sharing personal items, and maybe hold off on that impromptu game of spin the bottle.