It starts with a telltale tingling or itching around your mouth. Sure enough, in a day or two, unsightly, painful red blisters appear on your lip.
If you've got one, don't feel alone, an estimated more than 80% of the population has the virus lying dormant. It's not possible to prevent or cure fever blisters (cold sores).
If you were wondering - yes, fever blisters are contagious.
So now that you know the not-so-good news, here's the good news. You can take steps to reduce the frequency and shorten the duration of an embarrassing outbreak of fever blisters.
What Are Fever Blisters?
Fever Blisters, also called cold sores, are fluid-filled lesions caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1. They are sometimes confused with canker sores, but canker sores occur inside the mouth and are not contagious.
How Do You Get A Fever Blister?
Skin-to-skin contact and shared eating utensils, for example, may spread the virus. While it is most contagious when the lesions are obvious, there is a possibility of spreading the virus for some time even after the skin has healed.
Once you have had a fever blister (cold sore), the virus lies dormant in the nerve cells in your skin and may emerge again as an active infection. Some known triggers are exposure to the sun, fever, stress and inadequate rest.
4 Steps to Keep Fever Blisters in Check
Most doctors recommend the following to keep cold sore viral infections in check:
- Use sunscreen
- Practice stress-reducing techniques, such as meditation, dancing or reading
- Take recommended dosages of L-Lysine or apply it topically. L-Lysine is an amino acid that has been found beneficial in managing the herpes-simplex virus.
- Some sources recommend avoiding excessive amounts of acidic and salty foods, such as coffee, chocolate, potato chips and citrus fruits.
4 Steps To Take Once A Fever Blister Has Raised Its Ugly Head
- Get a new toothbrush right away, and again after the attack has cleared up. You may also need to get new makeup, especially lipstick, and foundation or powder used around the lips to avoid re-infecting yourself with the virus.
- Use ice liberally to relieve any swelling and pain.
- Resist temptation - don't touch it! Squeezing or picking at a fever blister is a bad idea; it makes it look even worse, and can result in bacterial infection on top of the viral infection.
- Use over-the-counter or prescribed topical analgesics if necessary.
How to Use InfiniteAloe ® Skin Care When You Have A Fever Blister
InfiniteAloe® contains anti-viral, antibacterial and analgesic properties. Many have used it on their cold sores with marked success.
- Ensure your fingers are clean before putting them in the InfiniteAloe® jar. Please remember not to touch the cold sore area and then the cream - if necessary, put a dab of the cream in a separate dish before applying so you can dip your fingers into it repeatedly.
- Avoid skin-to-skin contact, especially with infants, the elderly, anyone who has eczema or people with a suppressed immune system, as they are at higher risk of more severe infection.
- Take care not to infect others by sharing cups, utensils, towels, and other common household items. All such items should be sterilized is possible.
- Always wash your hands after touching your lips (never touch your eyes after touching your lips - herpes simplex virus type 1 eye infection is a leading cause of blindness).
How Aloe Vera, (Aloe Barbadensis Miller) Can Help When You Have Cold Sore (Fever Blister)
According to a 2005 article in Biotech Week, new reports show that the Aloe Vera plant can treat many oral health problems, including canker sores, cold sores, herpes simplex viruses, lichen planus and gingivitis. The article cites Dr Wynn: "Aloe Vera can be taken both as the Aloe Vera juice and Aloe Vera gel. These are the two modes of delivery recognized by the FDA." InfiniteAloe® Skin Care uses organic Aloe Vera gel, the gel of the Aloe Barbadensis Miller plant species.
"There is good evidence to support using Aloe Vera for oral health problems," said Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) spokesperson Kenton A. Ross, DMD, FAGD. "I believe a number of patients will be interested in this inexpensive alternative." (See References)
Aloe Vera may accelerate healing and reduce pain associated with fever blisters (cold sores.) Aloe Vera does not have a bad taste or sting when applied. In the 2005 study published in General Dentistry, patients both drank and applied Aloe Vera topically each day, and experienced complete success.
A real story from an InfiniteAloe® Skin Care user:
"Surprisingly, I tried it on my cold sores (fever blisters) and it worked within days. I use it on my lips instead of regular balm. You only put it on once and it'll last all day. This product is much recommended! It's all natural, that's why it works!"
IB, Long Beach, CA, USA
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