Fever Blister Natural Home Treatments
First, you need to make sure that you actually had a fever blister and not some other skin condition. The term ‘fever blister’ usually refers to a cold sore caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). HSV Type 2 is generally responsible for the sexually transmitted disease (STD) genital herpes, where the sores appear on the patient’s genital region. HSV Type 1 is the more common type and almost 85% people have been infected by this virus at some point. There are no medications available that can destroy HPV, so it continues to lay dormant in our bodies. Under certain conditions, the virus is ‘reactivated’ in your blood stream, causing an outbreak of fever blisters, which appear as sores on and around the mouth. However, it is difficult to predict an outbreak since the virus responds a variety of stimuli, including sunlight (ultraviolet radiation), illness (reduced immunity), stress, and physical trauma (cuts and abrasions).
So far, there are no medications to destroy the herpes virus. The fever blisters usually last for less than a week before crusting over. At this point, they dry up and fall out. You can take some prescription antiviral medication to speed up the healing process, but doctors advise against popping sores since they are very contagious. You could easily have infected other parts of your skin, making the situation worse. However, antiviral medications can help to reduce the severity of an outbreak and reduce the duration of the disease you are also suffering from fever, take some mild over-the-counter antipyretic. You can also avoid the temptation to touch or scratch at the sore by following a few simple remedies. Maintain good hygiene and keep the sores clean and dry. Applying some petroleum jelly can help to prevent excess moisture on the sore. You could also dust some baking soda or cornstarch to isolate the sore and provide some relief from any itchiness. Cold packs work just as well; placing some ice in a plastic bag over the sores can be soothing.
You also need to treat the area where you removed the skin around the fever blister. Try applying some aloe vera gel on the area. Aloe vera has compounds such as bradykinase, salicylic acid, and magnesium lactate that reduce inflammation. Aloe vera is believed to speed up the natural healing process of the skin cells and reduce any scarring. Tea tree oil (5% volume) can also be beneficial to help you heal faster.