Natural Beauty Care Guide

Cold sores and Fever blisters Lips

Red, raised fluid-filled blisters that typically appear on the lips. Blisters are usually preceded by tingling, discomfort, or pain in the area. Cold sores typically last seven to ten days as blisters grow, break. Crust, and slough off. Cold sores can also develop on the nose, cheeks, finger, or inside the mouth.

Cold sores and fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus 1, which lurks in a dormant state and can be activated by stress, menstrual difficulties, sunburn, or any illness with fever. The sores and blisters may spread to the inside of the mouth as canker sores. Toothbrushes are a heaven for the virus. If you have a cold sore, switch to a new toothbrush when the blister breaks and again after it has healed.

Natural Remedies:

Aloe vera gel from a freshy cut plant contains antibacterial, anti-fungi substances that are lacking in the commercially stabilized gel. Application of the gel at the onset often forestalls cold sores.

B-complex vitamins, taken in high-potency tablet twice daily, may abort an incipient cold sore.

Sponge triple-strength red clover tea over the cold sore several times daily. Or three times a day, sip a cup of hot sage tea into which you have stirred a teaspoon of powdered ginger. Ice. Holding a chip of ice against an erupting sore may halt its development.

Prescription treatment

Cold sores usually clear up on their own within a week, but the virus is not curable and can cause future sores. Prescription antiviral ointments or pills can help speed the healing of frequently recurring sores..

Prevention

Avoid kissing or close contact with others while blisters are forming, present, or healing. Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your mouth and then touching other parts of your body. Donít pick at blisters. Use a lip balm with a sunblock on your lips year-round.

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