Treating Fever Blisters With Home Remedies
Fever blisters are commonly caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 as well as the herpes simplex virus type 2. Type 1 (HSV-1) is the most common with 85 percent of the world population having been infected at some point in their life. Fever blisters are just one of the symptoms that accompany a herpes virus infection. As with the other symptoms, fever blisters are the most painful and last the longest during the first outbreak relative to recurrent infections. Fever blisters are pockets of blisters or sores that are filled with fluid. They are painful and most commonly occur close to the mouth, on the lips, chin, and cheeks or in and around the nose. They can also develop inside the mouth typically on the gums or the roof of the mouth. Fever blisters that occur in the mouth are usually smaller and heal faster. You can often recognize the onset of a fever blister in the mouth, as you will be able to feel a small bubble with the tip of the tongue.
How are fever blisters spread?
The herpes simplex virus is very contagious and can be passed from person to another via saliva. In many cases the virus is spread through kissing someone who already has fever blisters. Children can catch the condition from their parents, siblings or other close relatives. There are two forms of the herpes virus, with type 1 being the oral form accompanies with Fever Blisters and type 2 being genital herpes. Together the virus infects more than 95 percent of people but the majority of these cases are caused by outbreaks of the herpes simplex virus type 1.
- Sage tea with added ginger when drank regularly can help to speed up the fever blisters healing process. Continue drinking it until the blister bubbles are no longer clear.
- Vaseline can be applied directly to the blisters in order to keep them smooth and moisturized. This will help to prevent them from becoming cracked and bleeding.
- Lemon balm is another useful ingredient that contains tannins, which helps to speed up the healing process and reduce symptoms.
- Ice wrapped in a towel applied directly to the blister can help to relieve pain and itchiness.
- Teabags can also be used either boiled and then cooled and pressed on the blister or boiled and used as hot as it comfortable as a hot compress for the blister.
- Aloe Vera is another effective treatment for fever blisters.
- A diet rich in fruit and vegetables that supplies the body with plenty of vitamins and minerals such as zinc and iron will also help to speed up the recovery process.