Natural Cures and Remedies for Cold Sores or Fever Blisters
A viruss known as the herpes simplex is the main cause
of the fever blisters. The herpes simplex virus is of two
kinds. The first kind mostly leads to the oral herpes or the
fever blisters. The second kind mostly leads to the genital
Despite the fact that both the kinds of viruses can damage the
oral tissues, the first kind of virus contributes to 95% of
the continuous outbreaks of the fever blisters. The virus of
herpes simplex is extremely dangerous when the fever blisters
are present. It spreads more through kissing. Due to the
frequent contact with parents, siblings or other close
relations, children often catch fever blisters.
The virus can be spread by a child through the rubbing the
cold sore and then by touching other kids and this is why it
is always recommended to avoid contact with individuals
suffering from blisters as they can easily be spread. There
are no repeat bouts of the disease in these kinds of
Prior to the age of 10, majority of the people are infected by
the first kind of virus of herpes simplex. Majority of the
membrane cells which are moist of mouth, throat and lips are
invaded by the virus. In majority of the people, there are no
symptoms in the beginning of the infection. There is a
development however of a number of fluid filled blisters in
and out of the mouth in 15 percent of the patients, 3 to 5
days after they were infected by the herpes simplex.
Fever, general aches and swollen neck glands accompany this.
There is a merging of the blisters after which they collapse.
Usually over the sores, a yellow colored crust develops which
mostly heals in 2 weeks without scarring. But, the herpes
virus stays inside the body. The nerve near the cheekbone
always contains the virus once a person is infected with oral
herpes. Sometimes it stays at the stay place in an inactive
position and sometimes it moves down into the skin’s surface
and again causes fever blisters. The occurrence of the
blisters again appears at the outside edge or the nostril or
lips. But it is also evident on the cheeks, chin or inside
Till now there is no treatment for the fever blisters. A
little pain and discomfort linked with sores is relieved by a
few medications. These consists of the ointments that are used
to make the blisters numb or the antibiotics which control the
infections of secondary bacteria as well as the ointments used
to make the crusts of sores soft. Till now there is an absence
of a vaccine available to the public for herpes simplex. But a
number of research laboratories are working in this regard to
prevent fever blisters.
A promising experimental vaccine for herpes has been recently
developed by the scientists of National Institute of Dental
and Craniofacial Research and the National Institute of
Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
There are also numerous remedies that can be implemented at
home such as:-
• Using lysine and lemon balms. Lemon balms consist of lemon
extracts that are effective in decreasing healing time. Lysine
is a powerful amino acid that is effective in decreasing
healing time as well. Lysine intake can be done by consuming
more vegetables, fish, beans, or poultry.
• Deceasing stress. There are many situations where fever
blisters are triggered by anxiety and stress. Using different
relaxation techniques like mediation and deep breathing can
• Covering blisters by petroleum jelly can prevent them from
getting affected with a bacterial infection.
• Using cold milk. This helps in preventing outbreaks and can
be done by soaking cotton balls in cold milk and then applying
it on the blister. This is also going to decrease pain.
• Avoiding skin contact with other people especially that
bodily fluids can easily be infected.
• Avoiding sharing items that are personal with other people,
especially if they have suffered from cold sores previously.
• Avoiding triggers and taking extra care when getting some
procedures done such as dental care.
• Using pills to avoid blister outbreaks. Individuals who get
blisters on a regular basis can contact their doctor to reduce
their possibilities of getting blisters and an outbreak.
As long as treatment is followed, then the blisters will take
a few days to disappear. However, it is essential to always
follow prevention procedures as there is always a high
possibility that blisters and the associated symptoms are
going to return again.
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