Fever blisters, also known as cold sores, are experienced by millions of Americans every single year. Even though it is a rather unimpressive occurrence, you may feel embarrassed by your fever blisters and try everything to avoid them. Unfortunately, the virus that causes fever blisters is something that can not be cured, which means that you need to be prepared with good fever blister home remedies, along with information on when to see a doctor.
First off, what are fever blisters? They are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2) and can occur on the lips and around the mouth, and also in the genital region. Fever blisters are spread when the clear liquid that oozes from cold sores comes into contact with an uninfected person. This can be from sharing cooking utensils, drinking cups, and even as benign (although widespread) as a parent giving their uninfected child a kiss on the cheek.
Those who suffer fever blisters can have sores occur as rarely as every few years, and as much as a few times a year. Either way, cold sores are painful and unsightly, so you need some good tips on how to prevent them and how to make them go away quickly.
Home Remedies for Cold Sores
- Avoid stressful situations, over-consumption of alcoholic beverages, nuts, and spicy foods: This does not mean you can not ever enjoy a glass of wine or your favorite Indian dish, but it does mean that you should do so in moderation. While the above listed items do not cause outbreaks, they have been shown to be triggers that can lead to an outbreak.
- Apply alcohol to the blisters: Isopropyl alcohol, when applied directly to the blisters, helps destroy the virus as it attempts to spread. By applying alcohol you will successfully be limiting how big the sores can get, as well as speeding along the process to let them crust over and heal.
- Take Lysine supplements: Lysine is a simple amino acid that is very similar to Arginine, a key building block that the HSV virus uses to spread itself. When HSV attacks a healthy cell it forces it to become a little HSV factory, creating millions of copies of itself. By taking 2,000 – 6,000 MG per day of Lysine you effectively flood your body with an unusable building block. Your body receives a message to stop producing Arginine until it runs out of Lysine, but the HSV virus can not replicate itself with Lysine.
Those are just a few ways that you can effectively manage your situation and speed the healing process. By following these steps you can turn a 1-2 week ordeal into just a few days.