Fever blister or cold sores are the result of the herpes simplex virus. Because they can last ten days, it is helpful to learn ways to get rid of the cold sore as quickly as possible as well as preventative tactics. The virus will stay in your body, but there are steps that can be taken to minimize it’s manifestation into a full blown blister.
In terms of prevention, it’s important to make sure your immune system is in good condition. Take a multivitamin and include antioxidants in your supplements as well. Cut back on sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Be sure to get enough sleep. People can develop cold sores when they are getting sick and this often is the result of poor diet, insufficient sleep and burning both ends of the candle at the same time. Hormonal fluctation can also play a role in the formation of herpes blisters.
Regularly taking lysine has been reported as helpful in lessening the number of outbreaks of fever blisters a person gets as well as shortening the duration. You can also get a prescription from your doctor to have on hand.
Lysine helps to counteract the amino acid arginine which may be in too high a proportion in our bodies due to taking protein supplements, eating peanuts and their by-products and getting out of balance.
There are other alternative approaches that can make a difference as well in treating a cold sore effectively. The herbs echinacea and self-heal have gotten nice testimonials around the internet. One blog reader wrote me that applying lemon balm ointment when she felt the tingle helped the cold sore resolve much quicker than in the past.
There are certain products used to inhibit the herpes simplex virus which include bee propolis and resveratrol. These can be found at natural food stores. They say that propolis is the substance that bees use to keep their hives free of germs and it help the virus from attacking cells.
Be sure to apply sun screen on the lip area. If I don’t do this, I get a cold sore on the same spot my initial cold sore was when I was 15 on my lower lip. For the pain, cold compresses are helpful as well as chapparel. Taking ibuprofen will relieve pain as well. Psychologically it’s easy to get into a state of embarrassment, but remember that it will pass and your response to it effects others. Take care of yourself and don’t hide yourself away during this time period. You can also read more at Cold Sore Lip Prevention about a natural treatment plan recommended by some regular visitors to the blog.