The symptoms of fever blisters include itching, burning, and the appearance painful blisters filled with yellowish fluid. The area around the blisters may look red. But before the outbreak of the fever blisters, the affected area may start to itch and may be sensitive to touch for about a day or two. Once the blisters appear, their natural course is to rupture either spontaneously or because of trauma, thus releasing their fluid content. Scabs will then form and peel off. Fever blisters should heal between 10 to 14 days but if they remain longer or occur often, consult your doctor.
The herpes simplex virus is highly contagious. It can be spread through direct skin contact. It can also be transmitted through the sharing of items used by an infected person. Moreover, you can spread the virus to the other parts of the body, especially to the eyes and genital areas. Once you get the virus, it canít be eliminated from your system. It lies dormant within your body and causes outbreaks once in a while when triggered by factors, such as sun and wind exposure, menstruation, stress, fever, and high levels of arginine in the diet (i.e. nuts, chocolate, oats, corn, peas, etc.). Recurrent infections are usually milder than the initial outbreak. Their frequency varies from once every few years to several times a year.
If you have fever blisters, you have several choices in treating them. The first one is by the use of over-the-counter treatments. OTC medications will provide you immediate relief from the symptoms of pain, burning, and itching. However, the cure they provide is merely temporary. Examples of OTC medications are aloe vera cream, viradent gel, abreva, lysine, and ibuprofen.
You may also use home remedies, which work by boosting your bodyís immune system in order to keep the virus dormant and prevent recurrent infections. Tannic acid found in tea is antiviral. Apply a tea bag for 10 minutes to the area that you suspect will experience a blister outbreak. You may also mix olive oil with tea tree oil in equal parts and put them on the blisters two to three times daily.
The above treatments might work for you, but it would still be best to consult a doctor. If youíre diagnosed with fever blisters, the doctor will give you FDA-approved antiviral medicines that will cure the symptoms but not the virus. They would also not prevent recurrence.
Regardless of the treatment option that you take, the key in treating fever blisters remains the same: refrain from touching the blisters. Do not squeeze and pop them since this wonít hasten the healing process. It will only lead to the spreading of the virus to other areas.
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