Cold sores or blisters caused by herpes simplex virus1 are also popularly known as fever blisters. The key symptoms associated with cold sores or fever blisters are burning, itching sensation, fever and enlargement of lymph nodes. Fever blisters also show mainly around the mouth and are filled with clear liquid. The chin, cheeks, nose gum and lips are also susceptible to a breakout. The fluid filled blisters form scabs after a few days. The crusts formed signal the end of the infection. This is a contagious ailment and requires the affected person to abstain from sharing personal items. Personal contact must also be avoided to restrict the spread of the infection.
Causes of Fever Blisters in Adults: The herpes simplex virus type 1 is the main cause of such blisters. The virus is already present in the body but tends to attack when external factors trigger it. The first infection is known to last longer and is also more painful. Recurrence of such blisters is less likely after 35 years of age. Low immunity, hormonal changes, dental treatments, pregnancy, stress, cosmetic surgery, sunburn, B12 deficiency and calcium deficiency are all the other causes of fever blisters.
Causes of Fever Blisters in Children: Herpes infections are also likely to affect children between 6 months to three years of age. The symptoms last for a week and are resolved on their own. Herpes simplex virus is known to linger in certain cells of the body after the primary outbreak and reactivate instantly when triggered. Children are likely to reduce food intake and also increase chances of dehydration. Water based popsicles will provide rehydration and relief from pain.
Treatment: Fever blisters last for at least two weeks and can be a painful experience, therefore methods on how to get rid of fever blisters become all the more important. Home remedies are the best way to alleviate the symptoms caused by fever blisters but cannot restrict the infection. Some popular home remedies include applying cornstarch on the blisters, aloe vera juice or dabbing ice on the affected area. Foods high in arginine are also known to increase the chances of contracting this disorder. High arginine foods such as chocolate, peanut, grains, peas and whole wheat products must be avoided during the infection. Moderate calcium intake through diary sources can also help reduce the chances of contracting the fever blisters.
Remedies for Fever Blisters in Mouth: Dabbing a cotton ball with white vinegar on affected areas can reduce the swelling. Applying honey, salt and tea bag (boiled and cooled) on affected areas is also one of the effective fever blister cures. Drinking sage tea mixed with ginger is also known to provide relief.
Remedies for Fever Blisters on Lips: Honey is known for its antifungal and antiviral properties. Applying honey on the lips will soothe the pain and also control the infection. This is also a good home remedy for fever blisters on the lips and tongue.
Causes of Fever Blisters on Face or Nose: Fever blisters on the face and nose are known as orofacial herpes simplex. The causes of contracting blisters on the face or nose are same as infections around the mouth or lips. Sharing personal items and personal contact are some common ways of contracting fever blisters from an infected person.
Treatment During Pregnancy: Home remedies are best suitable to treat the infection as compared to Over the Counter medications during pregnancy. Applying tea tree oil on the affected area or lemon balm can soothe the affected area. Apply a hot or cold compress to alleviate pain. It is vital that you discuss the chosen natural remedy with a medical professional before using.
answered by G M on Feb 18, 2011, 6:37:49