Sunday, 21 December 2014

10. Home Remedies to Get Rid of Fever Blisters

Fever blisters (or cold sores) are painful sores, which occur on lips, cheeks, chin, fingers, nostrils, or even genitals. These are caused by a virus, named ‘herpes simplex’. Fever blisters are painful, accompanied by tingling and burning sensations along with swelling and inflammation. They appear as a cluster of small, white blisters and typically manifest on the same spot or area whenever the virus gets activated. Getting fever blisters can be a real pain and can even spoil your beauty.

There are many over-the-counter medicines for fever blisters, but they are not always effective and can take a lot of time. Instead, you can try some simple, natural home remedies that can help provide relief in just four to five days.

10. Home Remedies to Get Rid of Fever Blisters

1. Aloe vera

Aloe vera is another very effective way to treat fever blisters fast. It has natural healing powers and antibacterial properties that help disinfect the infected area. Plus, this herb is known to speed up healing and also reduce pain and inflammation.

Cut an aloe vera leaf to extract the gel. Apply the gel on the affected area with your fingertips. Allow it to dry on its own. Then clean the area with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel. Repeat the process several times a day for about three to four days.

This remedy will keep the infected area clean and soft so that the skin doesn’t split open, which can cause further infection.


2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is very effective in curing fever blisters. You must apply the vinegar on the blisters. You can also mix the vinegar in water and drink it. Apple cider vinegar helps in detoxifying the body and killing the virus responsible for fever blisters.


3. Baking soda

Baking soda can be directly applied to the fever blisters. With the application of the baking soda, an alkaline state is maintained on the skin.

This will prevent the fever blisters to grow further. Hence baking soda must be applied on the infected area during the initial stage, to stop it from further growing.

4. Cold milk

Soak a cotton ball in milk and pat directly on the surface of the sore. Leave on for approximately 20 minutes before gently wiping away with a cool washcloth. Repeat this remedy to manage pain.

5. Egg And Yogurt

A mask of eggs and yogurt is made for preventing formation of fever blisters. This mask is considered to have a cooling effect thus reducing the inflammation like feeling associated with the blisters. The mask is generally applied on the blisters that are formed on the nose other than lips and mouth. Combine one tablespoon of honey, fresh yogurt and an egg and mix it well. This thick mask is applied to the fever blisters evenly and left for about half an hour. Later, rinse off with warm water. This soothes the fever blisters and reduces the redness. The basic component of eggs and yogurt is lysine. Lysine is a amino acid which is required to combat the virus that causes the fever blisters.

6. Garlic

Garlic is one of the most common remedies that work for various skin ailments.  Make a paste of 2-3 cloves of garlic and apply it regularly. Let it be on the fever blister at least for 15 minutes. Garlic is a good antibiotic and helps to kill the bacteria, causing fever blisters.

7. Grapefruit Seed

The grapefruit seeds are the richest source of antioxidants and antimicrobial properties and these are highly useful for reducing the fever blisters easily. First of all the patient needs to extract some fresh juice from the Aloe Vera leaves and then they need to crush some grapefruit seeds. Then these are to be mixed and apply on the blisters for 40 minutes till the paste gets dry. This procedure is to be repeated 2 times per a day to get disappear the fever blisters within 2 to 3 days.

8. Honey

Honey helps in curing fever blisters. Honey has antiviral and antibiotic properties. It helps in killing virus that causes the blisters. Apply honey on the blisters. Honey contains sugar, which helps in preventing accumulation of bacteria and fungus. Applying honey on the blister will fasten the healing process. Honey contains flavonoids as well as phenolic acid, which helps in killing the herpes virus that causes the fever blisters. People who have pollen allergy should not use honey for this remedy. Honey is also not suitable for treating fever blister in infants

9. Ice Pack

People suffering from fever blisters can use ice for retarding the growth of the fever blisters. The ice cube can be easily applied on the surface of the blisters to get a quick relief, and it should be repeated continuously. The ice must be applied for around 10-12 minutes.

The same process is to be repeated for around 5 hours. Application of ice near the infected area will stop the flow of blood to that particular area. Thus, the fever blister growth will be retarded. It will not be able to spread after the application of ice.

10. Plum Juice

This juice is highly beneficial when the patients have blisters in their mouths or on the lips. To cure the blisters the patients need to rinse their mouths with the fresh plum juice 3 times a day along with warm water. Apart from this they can also dip cotton balls in the juice and can apply those cotton balls on the blisters to sink them down. Plum juice is a rich source of antibiotics and a pain relieving agent that are highly effective for the fever blisters.