A Fever blister is just another name for a cold sore. A cold sore is a sore that is caused by herpes simplex. A virus that, once contracted stays dormant in the body, when your immune system is low, fever blisters are likely to resurface. It is no coincidence that they seem to appear at the worst time possible.
It is most likely the stress of an event that leads to a cold sore, not just bad luck. If you are prone to getting cold sores, there are ways that you can make their resurgence less ominous, and there are also things that you can do to prevent them from surfacing at all.
If you get a cold sore, you are more likely to get more. The more you get, the more they perpetuate themselves. Chronic, or frequent cold sores may be a sign that your immune system needs a boost. Before you go heading for the pharmaceuticals, try these things to both lessen the irritation of a cold sore and to ensure that they don’t rear their ugly head.
12 ways to get rid of a fever blister
1. Boost your immune system
If you notice that you are getting cold sores more frequently, you may have a compromised immune system. Taking supplements that aid your immune system to fight against colds and viruses can help to prevent cold sores from surfacing. Load up on the Vitamin C to help fight off fever blisters. Eating foods that are high in C, like fresh fruits and vegetables, will not only help you fight cold sores, they can keep you off the sick list too.
Fever blisters are more likely to happen when your lips are dry, or sunburned. Most people make the mistake of applying sunscreen only when hitting the beach. Forgetting about the fragility of the skin around the lips, they neglect the area that may need it most. Find a good lip balm with a high SPF to stop an outbreak of a fever blister. Keeping lips moist and unexposed will help to fight against a cold sore.
3. Keep the area dry and clean
The more you pick at a fever blister, the more likely you are to spread it and make it worse. Fever blisters have a telltale tingling feeling that may have you wanting to touch them. The best thing that you can do is to have a hands-off approach. The more that you touch it, the more you are likely to make it worse. If you do treat it, make sure to have clean hands and to always wash hands thoroughly to not spread it to other places.
4. Witch Hazel
Although not something that we talk of often, witch hazel is an excellent product because it is not toxic, but works as an astringent to kill the virus of a fever blister. Using a clean cotton swab, dab some witch hazel directly onto the fever blister to lessen the amount of time needed to heal and stop the spread of it.
5. Hydrogen peroxide
Working just like witch hazel, hydrogen peroxide is a great way to kill the viral infection of a fever blister. The only problem is that it can have a drying effect. If you dry out the cold sore too much you are likely to experience drying and cracking which will not only spread the virus, it can be very painful. When using hydrogen peroxide you may want to mix it half parts hydrogen, and half parts water. Use a cotton swab in the same way you would witch hazel, directly on the sore itself.
6. Sea salt
Sea salt is an excellent antiseptic that won’t cause the extreme drying that other products can. Use it to kill the viral infection right at the source of the cold sore. The minute you feel the tingling sensation, dissolve a tablespoon of sea salt in a half cup of warm water. Dab a cotton swab into the mixture and apply it to the sore. It will work to drain the virus from the sore and expedite healing time.
If you experience frequent fever blisters, a lysine deficiency may be the culprit. To prevent cold sores you can add lysine to your daily supplements. It may be more important during the cold and flu season when your system is fighting off more assaults.
8. Aloe vera
Aloe vera may not be so good at killing the virus that leads to a fever blister, but it is a great way to help expedite the healing process. Making sure that the skin doesn’t dry out too much, leading to cracking, and bleeding, applying aloe vera to a fever blister will help. While the fever blister is in the process of healing aloe vera will prevent it from taking longer to get rid of or from becoming infected.
9. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar works as an astringent to kill the herpes virus on contact. It changes the pH of the skin and helps to stop a cold sore from spreading to other places. Use apple cider vinegar on a cotton swab, applying it directly to the fever blister. Not only will it help to stop the itching and irritation that cold sores can cause, but it will also lessen the healing time for recovery.
10. Throw out your toothbrush
Once you have gotten the virus under control, and the tingling is on the mend, it is a good idea to change out your toothbrush. Herpes is a highly contagious virus, and it is possible to reinfect yourself. By changing your toothbrush, you will lessen the likelihood that you will get another one in the wake of the one that is healing.
11. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a natural astringent that is known to kill the herpes virus and stop its spread of it. Working instantly, apply the oil to the sore itself with a cotton swab. Make sure to use it sparingly, if you use too much it is possible that it can transmit the virus to other places.
12. Baking soda
Baking soda works as an astringent to get rid of a cold sore. Dab a cotton swab with water and then cover it with baking soda. Apply it directly to your fever blister to absorb and kill the virus.