How To Treat Fever Blisters
[toc]Fever blisters are common with people suffering from an underlying fever. Fever blisters can be treated easily. They usually abate in intensity within a week. Over-the-counter pain and fever medications play an important role in curing fever blisters.
Antiviral medications help in killing herpes simplex virus which is known to cause fever blisters. Applying ice, salt or milk on fever blister helps in treating it effectively. Treatment options depend on the severity of the disease. Fever blisters associated with recurrent fever may require physician consultation. Let us try to understand more about how to treat fever blisters.
5 Tips To Treat Fever Blisters
Antiviral medications play a critical role in treating fever blisters. These are the primary line of medications used to treat fever blisters. As stated above, these medications kill the virus that causes fever blisters. Reduction of the viral activity in the body abates the intensity of fever.
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This helps in curing the fever blisters. You can also use topical antiviral cream or ointment on the blisters. Apply these creams twice a day for getting effective results. It normally takes a week or two for fever blisters to heal completely.
Over the counter pain medications help in reducing the intensity of pain associated with fever blisters. Mild to moderate pain associated with fever blisters can be treated with aspirin or ibuprofen. These medications are easily available in low-dose forms.
You can use pain medications as needed. If you are suffering from other medical conditions with fever blisters, it is wise to consult with your physician and ask for a prescription of analgesics. Your doctor will prescribe a pain medication that does not interfere with other medications.
It is a great anti-inflammatory agent. Ice degrades environment for herpes simplex virus. This helps in treating fever blisters. Using an ice pack 2 to 3 times a day will surely help in abating pain and redness associated with fever blisters. Use ice pack for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. Simply place the ice pack on the blisters and move it slowly in a circular manner. You may feel a numbing sensation after some time. This is very common with ice therapy.
We all know that yoghurt contains friendly bacteria. However, it also contains an important protein called lysine in it. This protein helps in fighting against the fever blister-causing virus. Bacteria in yoghurt also fight against the fever causing pathogens by depriving them of food in your body.
This results in the decline of viral activity. It consequently reduces fever and fever blisters. Increase dairy products in your diet. Milk and cheese also contain lysine. You can also consider adding a natural protein supplement to your diet.
Vaseline is commonly used to protect fever blisters from worsening. Vaseline acts as a protective coat which prevents bacterial and viral activity around the fever blisters. It is wise to use a Q-tip to apply Vaseline on the fever blisters. This helps in reducing the risk of transfer of bacteria from our hands to the blisters. Vaseline keeps the blisters moist and prevents skin from breaking up.
You can use any type of commonly-used petroleum jelly if Vaseline is not available at home.Fever blisters normally heal within a week or two. However, the above-mentioned treatment options help in speeding up the healing process. These remedies are commonly used all around the world to treat fever blisters effectively.
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