Fever blisters, also known as cold sores, are painful sores that seem mostly on lips and nostrils. They can also appear on cheeks, chin, neck, skin, fingers or even genitals. You probably have had them in the course of your life. The Herpes Simplex Virus 1 causes the sores, and they are contagious. This article provides several soothing and healing DIY home remedies for fever blisters.
General Causes Include
- Direct contact with people having fever blisters (kissing, hugging, and sometimes sexual contact)
- Indirect contact (sharing of toiletries with an infected person)
- Cosmetic surgery
- Dental treatment
- Hormonal changes
Fever blisters are potentially contagious, and because of this, you need to take care of yourself by avoiding any potential exposure. If you are compromised or feeling skittish, these are potential symptoms:
- Small, red blisters filled with fluid and sometimes pus
- Pain and irritation
- Swelling of lymph nodes
Natural And Herbal DIY Remedies
Cold sores stick out painfully and can ruin your day, aside from standing outright ugly. Don’t worry if you have them since fever blisters are easily treatable. You don’t need advanced medication from pharmacies or suffer in silence. I have written these amazing DIY list on how to beat cold sores.
Ice Soothes And Cools The Sore
This ingredient from your fridge and freezers is a simple way to treat your sores. Sometimes, a cold sore is hot and painful, and it just needs cooling. Therefore, gently rub some ice on the sore regularly until the blister lessens.
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Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon balm is one of the best cold sore treaters. With its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, this is an excellent treatment choice for fever blisters. You just make the tea as usual and soak a cotton ball in it and apply on the blister. This treatment regimen is easy and quick to make.
Moreover, if you cannot access this type of tea, the usual black tea will do.
Egg and Yoghurt
You have probably never heard of treating fever blisters with yogurt let alone eggs. Consequently, the virus feeds off on Arginine and multiplies, the antidote to this is the amino acid Lysine. Most notably it acts contrary to Arginine, it reduces the spread of the virus.
Make a facial mask of egg and yogurt mix and apply on the blister. Eating foods rich in the amino acid lysine will function equally well. So eat healthy to prevent fever sores.
Yes, it is true what you have heard about Aloe Vera and skin. It also has natural healing powers for fast healing of bruises and, well, cold sores. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties hence it destroys the virus preventing its spread.
You just cut an aloe leaf and apply the gel-like substance on a blister. Let it stay for a few minutes for absorption, and you will be good to go. Moreover, Aloe Vera has many properties that treat many ailments as well.
It is a drying agent, and it will draw out the fluid in the blister. Yes, you read that right, common table salt. The Romans knew how valuable this commodity was way back in time, heck even they used it as currency. You would be surprised at the wonders table salt has on your fever blister. It potentially dries the blister making it heal quickly.
To apply just moisten your finger tips and pick some crystals and apply to your blister.
That common kitchen ingredient that you usually ignore and get to use it during special, rare occasions. Baking powder treatment for cold sores and many other ailments is due to its unique property. It neutralizes the acidic environment associated with fever blisters soothing the area. Moreover, it dries out the region ensuring faster healing. In essence, it will neutralize and dry the blister. Dr Sircus says other baking powder properties have championed this kitchen commodity for use as a natural home remedy.
To apply just mix baking powder and water to a paste and apply on the sore, this soothes and eventually heals the blister.
The natural gift of the cow. I know you use milk purely for consumption, but did you know it can treat blisters? Lucky for you this section will tell you how so read.
Milk has a high amount of calcium that is harmful to a virus structure. How? Research has concluded that calcium prevents activation of viruses that leads to inflammatory response triggering fever blisters. In addition, it has monocaprin, a type of fat that has antimicrobial properties. To apply just dip a cotton ball in milk and place on the blister. Do this regularly, and the sore will heal.
As you walk down the general store’s aisle, do remember to get a bottle of milk.
What?? Onions? They make you cry and smell terrible. Yes, I know this, since I cook more often. However, an onion can do more for you than just make you cry and provide nutrition. Onions properties, including its anti-inflammatory property, makes it an ideal remedy for cold sores. It will soothe the painful swellings of the sores.
To apply it is simple, just cut a slice of onion and rub it on the sore gently. I know the smell sucks, but hey, an ugly sore is just ugly.
Another unlikely cold sore remedy, don’t you think? Well, toothpaste has beneficial components that are anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. It also neutralizes the blister acidity.
Toothpaste is known to contain sodium lauryl sulfate, a similar compound to sodium bicarbonate that cures blisters. You just apply the toothpaste on the blister and leave it for a while then wipe off. For speedy recovery, repeat this several times.
Let me guess, you knew it as a disinfectant, and you often saw your mother putting it in cleaning water? If so, well Hydrogen Peroxide has more to prove. When applied on the blister and surrounding area, it prevents the further multiplication of the microbe. It also creates a dry and clean area, which as you know it, viruses cannot survive in.
To apply, you just dip a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and gently apply it in the blister region. It kills two birds with one stone since it destroys virus while healing the blister.
What’s up with these smelly vegetables? Allium sativum as it’s known in the scientific world. Whenever home remedies come up, you will never miss garlic in the list. Garlic has a lot of degrading enzymes, which are harmful to the microbe but good for us. Besides, garlic is an antimicrobial vegetable, healing the blisters at a faster rate.
Garlic also is a remedial skin product. You need to create the garlic paste and apply it regularly to the blister. Remember to let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
A staple of bathroom cabinets no doubt, every home has one. Chances are, if you are a lady, you have one in your purse. You should understand what petroleum jelly does for blisters. It contains pure glycerin and vitamin E, both of which are bad news to microbes like viruses. Most notably, essential oils are also found in certain plants and have shown active antimicrobial activity.
Aside from smoothing the skin and lips, it also prevents the spread of the virus. This makes it an excellent home remedy for cold sores. Just take a small volume with your finger and apply gently on the blister.
How To Prevent Fever Blisters?
So, what did you think of these easy DIY home remedies for cold sores? I trust you took short notes and are dying to try them out. You also probably want to share the information with someone you know who has fever blisters. Well, after filling yourself with this information, you should understand that prevention is better than cure. Preventing the fever blisters from forming is your greatest project rather than treating them. Common ways to prevent fever blisters include:
- Boost up your immune system by taking zinc lozenges.
- Stay away from direct and indirect contacts if you suspect an outbreak of fever blisters.
- Always moisten your lips, there are many lip balms or simple petroleum jelly you can use.
- Change your toothbrush, after a fever blister episode to prevent reinfection and observe good personal hygiene.
Fever blisters should not put you down. This list contains easy DIY means you can employ to cure these cold sores in addition to preventing a potential outbreak.
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