15 Effective Home Remedies for Fever Blisters
What are fever blisters?
Fever blisters are also called as cold sores. Fever blisters are small, painful fluid filled blisters caused due to infection of a virus. These fever blisters are most commonly caused by herpes simplex (HSV) type 1 virus and rarely by herpes simplex (HSV) type 2 virus. These fever blisters most commonly appears on and around the mouth and lips and rarely on fingers, cheeks, palate, gums, tongue and nose.
Usually symptoms starts with tingling and itching sensation followed by appearance of fluid filled blisters which breaks in few days causing little pain leaving opened ulcers on the affected area. These ulcers dries and starts healing by forming a brown crust which eventually turns into scab. After some days these scab detaches the skin leaving pink or red skin which becomes normal after few days. Prescription oral antiviral medications helps in shortening the episodes of fever blisters. Even after healing body cannot eliminate the herpes virus completely and it will remain dormant in your body forever and can get reactivated in later times.
What are the symptoms of fever blisters?
Symptoms usually depends on the occurrence of fever blisters i.e. whether the infection happens for the first time or it is a reoccurrence. Common symptoms are as follows:
- Itching and tingling sensation
- Appearance of small fluid filled blisters
- Pain in the affected area
- General body aches and fever
- Swelling of lips and lymph nodes in the neck region
- Soreness in the mouth and throat which makes the person difficult in swallowing
- Sialorrhea, increased salivation
Are fever blisters contagious?
Yes, fever blisters are highly contagious from the earlier stages and can easily spread from one to other and also to the other parts of the body. Children and infants have a higher risk of being exposed to HSV type 1 infection and can get seriously ill. Fever blisters spreads from physical contact like kissing and oral sex and also spreads by sharing utensils, brushes, razors etc.
How to prevent fever blisters from spreading?
- Don’t touch the blisters, if you touch the blisters accidentally wash your hands as soon as possible.
- Avoid physical contact with the infected person
- As babies are more likely to get infection, don’t kiss a baby when you have active fever blisters.
- Never compromise on hygiene, avoid sharing cups, brushes, spoons, razors, tooth brushes etc. It helps in preventing spreading of fever blisters from one another.
- If infection spreads to the eyes, this may leads severe damage to the eye. So be careful not to touch your eyes when you have active HSV infection.
What are the factors that triggers the reoccurrence of fever blisters?
Some adverse factors can trigger the reactivation of dormant virus in the body and causes outbreaks.
- Severe stress and fatigue
- Exposure to the UV radiations of the sun
- Cold environment and dry air
- Hormonal changes during menstruation and pregnancy in women
- Illness like cold, flu and fever
- Physical trauma
- Weak immune system
- Surgical operations in the orofacial regions
- Foods containing acids
How to prevent reoccurrence of Fever blisters?
By following simple changes in your life style can help to prevent the reoccurrence of fever blisters.
- Keep your immune system active by eating healthy food
- Exercise regularly and get good night sleep to avoid stress and fatigue
- Don’t expose to the sunlight, use sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful UV radiation
- As dryness of the skin may triggers the infection, keep your skin and lips hydrated by applying moisturizer
Home remedies for treating Fever blisters
Fever blisters usually heals in few days to 2 weeks, but on the other hand we can shorten the healing time fever blisters effectively by following these simple home remedies without any adverse side effects.
Garlic is one of the best remedies to get rid of fever blisters. Raw garlic is a potent antibiotic and also effective against viruses. Enzymes present in the garlic helps to disinfect the affected area and helps to heal the fever blisters. Crush 2-3 garlic cloves and extract juice from it. Gently massage the juice on the affected area with cotton ball and leave it for 15 minutes. Continue this for 2-3 times a day for one week to get rid of blisters. (Also read 35 amazing uses and benefits of garlic)
2. Ice cubes:
Fever blisters are painful and annoying, Ice causes numbness of the skin surrounding blisters and helps in relieving pain. Application of ice in the initial stages also prevents the blister development. Wrap some ice cubes in a clean cloth and place it on blisters for several times a day.
3. Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera is an ancient medicine used for the treatment of most of the skin ailments. Aloe Vera helps to treat the inflammation and redness of fever blisters, it also fights against the bacteria in the blisters that causes irritation and prevents the infection from spreading. Apply some Aloe Vera juice on the fever blisters and allow it to dry then wash with cold water. Repeat this 2-3 times a week to get prevent blisters.
4. Baking soda:
Baking soda is the one of the most effective remedy available in the kitchen for treating fever blisters. Baking soda creates alkaline environment in the blisters in which the virus cannot replicate so it helps to heal the blisters soon. Add some water to the baking soda and make a paste. Apply this paste on the blisters and allow it to dry then rinse off with cold water. Baking soda keeps the blisters dry and pull out the liquid in the blisters and promotes healing. Repeat this procedure twice in week to prevent blisters. (Uses and Benefits of Baking Soda)
Turmeric is an effective remedy for fever blisters. Turmeric contains chemical substance called curcumin which has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Turmeric inhibits the viral development and prevent spreading of blisters, it also reduces the pain associated with the fever blisters.
- Mix one teaspoon of turmeric to a glass of whole milk and drink it twice a day for one week. Whole milk helps in reducing the tingling sensation of blisters. (Check more benefits of turmeric milk)
- Make a paste with honey and turmeric and apply on the blisters. Both honey and turmeric has antiviral properties and prevents fever blisters faster. (Benefits of turmeric powder)
6. Hydrogen peroxide:
Moisture and warm environment increases the replication of herpes virus. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural disinfectant and inhibits virus growth by keeping infected area dry. Dip cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and press against blisters lightly then rinse the area with cold water and pat dry. Repeat this 2-3 times a day for a week.
Licorice is a natural home remedy for the treatment of fever blisters. Glycyrrhizin, a chemical substance present in the licorice has powerful antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It also reduces the swelling and redness associated with the blisters. Mix half a teaspoon of licorice powder with water and make a thick paste. Apply this paste on the affected area and let it dry for some time, repeat this procedure for one week to relieve symptoms of blisters.
8. Neem leaves:
Neem is a safe, effective and less expensive way to get rid of fever blisters. Neem has antiviral and antibacterial properties which helps to heal the blisters rapidly and kills the blisters causing virus. It also reduces the pain and itching associated with the blisters. Take some fresh neem leaves and wash them thoroughly with water. Grind the leaves to a smooth paste, cover the blisters with this paste and allow it to dry. Then wash it off with cold water and pat dry. Repeat this procedure 2 times a day for a week to get clear off blisters fast.
Fresh, plain yogurt contains live cultures of beneficial acidophilus bacteria which helps to boost the immune system and removes the toxins from the body. Yogurt also contains amino acid called lysine which has antiviral properties and prevents outbreaks of fever blisters. It also reduces the pain and inflammation by soothening the affected area.
- Increase the consumption of yogurt along your daily diet.
- Yogurt and egg facial mask is an effective way to heal blisters. Mix one egg with one cup off fresh plain yogurt and make a paste. Dab the paste on the blisters using cotton ball. Let it dry for 30 min and wash it off with warm water.
10. Vaseline (Petroleum jelly):
Sometime exposure of blister to the harsh environments like sun, high and cold temperatures makes the on the blisters become hard which in turn causes outbreaks, cracking and bleeding. Application of Vaseline to these blisters make the skin soft and prevents outbreaks and bleeding. Use cotton swab for applying Vaseline to avoid contact with the blisters.
11. Used tea bags:
Tea contains compound called tannic acid which has antiviral and astringent properties. Tea inhibits the viral growth and provides micronutrients that supports cell repair. Take a fresh tea bag and steep it in hot water for minute. Drain the water and allow it to cool. Slightly press the tea bag on the infected are for about 15 min and repeat the process for every 2-3 hours for seven days.
12. Lemon balm:
Lemon balm is very effective in healing fever blisters. Lemon balm contains compound like tannins which has antiviral properties. It also contains eugenol which kills the bacteria that causing tingling sensation. Applying lemon balm 2-3 time a day helps in shortening the healing time of fever blisters.
13. Coconut oil:
Coconut oil is natural and effective remedy for healing blisters. Coconut oil is an abundant source of medium chain triglycerides which has potent antiviral properties. Coconut oil drains the liquid in the blisters and prevents outbreaks. Apply coconut oil on the infected area several time a day until you relieve symptoms.
14. Apple cider vinegar:
Apple cider is a most widely used remedy for most of the skin complaints. It has antibacterial effects and helps to heal the blister soon. It balances the skin pH and keeps the infected area dry. Apply few drops of vinegar on a cotton ball and dab it on the blisters several times a day. It helps to detoxify the body when you take it orally by mixing it with water.
White toothpaste is an effective remedy that is readily available at home for treating fever blisters. Toothpaste contains alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and sodium lauryl sulphate. Alcohol and hydrogen peroxide helps to keep the infected area dry and sodium lauryl sulphate helps to shrink the blisters. Baking soda helps to maintain pH of the skin alkaline in which virus cannot replicate. The combination of all these effects helps in healing the blisters very fast. Apply the toothpaste on the infected area with the help of cotton swab before going to bed. Let it remains for overnight. Wash it off gently with cold water and repeat this procedure for 4-5 days to get best results.
Contact your physician if fever blisters do not respond to home remedies and lasts for more than two weeks.
Take care of yourself!!