Fever blisters also known as cold sores are small blisters filled with fluid. They occur around the lips and the oral cavity. They often appear in groups of patches around the oral cavity and the lips. When a blister breaks open the fluid oozes out and a crust is formed that covers the sore. Fever blisters can also appear in the genital area and the leading cause is the herpes simplex virus type1.
This virus which is already existent in the nerve cells in a latent state becomes active when the immune system is weakened due to excessive stress or fatigue, menstruation, exposure to strong sunlight and diseases and illnesses. The blisters generally break out at the outer edges of the lips and cause a tingling sensation followed by intense itching and burning. When the blisters burst after a few days the fluid oozes out and forms a crust over the lesions. There may be fever and headaches and pain in the joints and muscles. The lymph nodes too become inflamed and cause great distress.
A cluster of harmless looking white blisters which suddenly appear at the edge of the lips and turn quickly turn into painful sores can give a double dose of distress. They make you unsightly and at the same time cause a lot of burning and itching.
As you start feeling the tingling sensation that is a precursor to a breakout, soak a cotton ball into some chilled milk and apply it on the affected area. Keep holding the ball for sometime. Milk will heal the blisters very quickly and bring relief in the itching. Apply the cold milk three or four times daily.
Aloe vera has amazing healing and curative powers. It is full of anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. These properties have the ability to uproot the virus and destroy it completely.
Peel a fresh aloe vera leaf and rub it over the blisters gently. Let the sap dry on the blisters. Keep applying the gel after every few hours and keep it overnight. The itching and burning will subside very quickly and the blisters too will heal rapidly.
You should on no account touch the sores or try squeezing or picking them. These actions will only invite bacterial infections and if by chance you happen to touch your eyes or genitals after scratching the sores; you will spread the infection to these parts too. Grate one onion and squeeze out its juice.
Take a cotton swab and dab the juice on all the sores and lesions after every two hour interval. The antiviral properties of onion will eradicate the infection within a very short time. Also include raw onions in your daily diet
Neem is the most effective remedy for fever blisters. It has superb antiviral and antimicrobial properties which truly kill the virus at its root. Grind some neem leaves to a fine paste.
Cover the blisters with this paste. Apply regularly three or four times daily till the all the sores and blisters disappear completely.
Dab tea tree oil all over the blisters three or four times daily. The potent antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil will help you get rid of the infection quickly and completely.