The following article will take you through the process of how one can get rid of a fever blister effectively enough. If you’re suffering from one, then this article will help you with the needed solutions.
Fever blisters―also referred to as cold sores―are characterized by the formation of blisters in and around the mouth, dominating regions like lips, cheeks, chin, and nostrils. They begin to form as small blisters that cause a lot of discomfort and pain and lead to itching, burning, and swelling. In time, they grow and resemble acne that are filled with pus and have a red border. These may even burst to crust over and cause dryness. The entire process can be very painful, not to mention embarrassing, given the location of the blisters.
Fever blisters are formed due to the herpes simplex virus (type 1), and bring on symptoms like nausea, fever, sore throat, blisters, and vomiting. It is due to the nature of these symptoms that it becomes difficult to gather that these symptoms will lead to fever blisters in a person. After the virus affects the body and enters it, it lies in a dormant stage in the roots of the nerve cells, and any future infection like a cold or a fever can reactivate it and lead to fever blisters. Other than cold and fever, stress, trauma, menstruation, sunburn, and other infections can lead to these as well.
Getting Rid of a Fever Blister
Fever blisters will usually follow a given process of healing. The blisters will grow, burst, and then crust over. This entire process takes about 8 – 10 days. The fever blister(s) will take time to heal and they need to be given that time to heal effectively well. The following are methods to be used on how to get rid of fever blisters.
Medication for Pain
There is a lot of pain that ensues when there are fever blisters on the face. Taking over-the-counter medication to relieve the pain will help one to deal with the symptoms effectively. And one can then move onto the different remedies for getting rid of fever blisters fast.
Cleaning the Blisters
The next step in getting rid of the blisters is that you clean them thoroughly so that no pus will overflow. Blisters can be contagious, so you need to take added precautions so that you do not spread the infection. Wipe the area with warm water and then with hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol.
Using a Salt Pad
Using salt to dry the pus in the blisters is the next step that needs to be taken. There are two ways of going about this―first, mix the salt in the water till the solution is saturated with salt, then dip the cotton in this water and dab on the blisters. Let it stay for an hour or so. This dries up the pus in the blister and speeds the process. The other way is to use a toothpaste and mix salt in it, then use the solution over the blisters and keep it overnight.
Foods to Eat and Avoid
Be extremely careful about the kind of food that you consume during this time. Do not eat anything that is salty, spicy, or oily, and anything else that leads to the stretching of your mouth. This will disturb the sore again and delay the process. Consume a lot of liquids instead.
Cold Packs and Tea Bags
To relieve the soreness, swelling, and the burning sensation that comes about, use cold packs or tea bags that have been frozen. This will take care of the burning sensation and lead to relief.
It is very important to keep the area moisturized because dryness causes crusting and stretching and leads to more pain. To deal with this, one can use petroleum jelly on the area, this will ensure that there is no further infection and the area is well moisturized.
Another home remedy that has been known to help and lead to effective healing is the usage of the aloe vera sap over the blisters. The sap takes care of the inflammation and speeds the healing.
One has to understand that even though these methods will tell you how to get rid of a fever blister quickly, the blister will take about a week to heal. It needs to go through the process. But you can make use of these methods to relieve the symptoms, lead to relief, and speed the healing process.
Disclaimer – This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.