Fever blisters are a common skin problem and are characterized by red, swollen bumps on the surface of your skin that cause extreme discomfort. A yeast infection commonly causes them. They may appear on any part of your body but are most common on the face, neck, ears and groin areas.
The itchiness, redness and swelling are very uncomfortable and many people suffer from chronic itching. There is no known cure for fever blister but there are treatments you can use to relieve some of your discomfort and pain.
Medications that alleviate some of your pain and discomfort include topical ointment that numb the sores, antibiotics that control infection secondary to fungal infection, and topical ointments that soften the sore crests.
There are ways to treat a fever blister naturally
You don’t have to use harsh medications like antibiotics or oral medication. Most of these remedies will be made with natural ingredients and won’t cause side effects like the over-the-counter medications to do. Many of these natural products can be found online and at health food stores. You should read all directions before trying any of these home remedies.
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular remedies for fever blisters but it can also be used as an antifungal agent in the treatment of other infections. Apply a few drops of apple cider vinegar to the area affected and then cover with a sterile bandage. Repeat this step two to three times per day.
Another effective remedy is to apply hot compresses
Place one or two hot compresses on the sore every day for around 20 minutes. Repeat the process up to twice daily. Keep in mind that applying warm compresses too often can lead to overheating so make sure to wear comfortable clothing while using hot compresses.
To avoid overheating, it’s best to use a hot compress several times per day. Use a cotton woollen or cotton shirt, preferably loose-fitting. You can use a cloth diaper or washcloth with a thick layer of baby oil on top to prevent overheating.
In some cases, you may need to bathe the sore with hot water but this is not necessarily recommended. bathing with too much water can dry out your skin, causing further irritation and itching.
Fever blisters are generally treated in one of two ways: by freezing the blister or burning it off
If you notice that the blister has thickened or you are experiencing some pain after you initially applied the remedy, it is best to remove it with some type of surgical procedure such as a simple cold compress. When treating a fever blister using hot compresses, keep the treatment away from your skin. It is best to use only one treatment at a time and not use hot compresses continuously.
Once the blister has been frozen or removed, make sure that the infected area is clean. Wipe it down and allow it to dry. If the blister has thickened, remove it and apply a more warm compress. and repeat as needed.
For burning fever blisters you can use an ice pack or an ice cube and rub it on the blister. and surrounding area. Make sure to apply this treatment daily until the blister disappears. Fever blisters that have been left to grow on their own can be very painful. However, the blister should disappear within a week or so.
Before you get too discouraged, you can try some things to speed up the healing of the blister. These methods include applying some coconut oil on the blister to help it heal faster, taking Vitamin E and applying witch hazel to the blister.
A study by PubMed Central found witch hazel to be effective in fighting the herpes virus and in reducing inflammation. Witch hazel is also an astringent and dries out the area, which may help with healing. Just apply the witch hazel directly to the skin using a moistened cotton ball.
Hold it onto your skin using light pressure, and be careful not to rub. Continue treatment until your skin is fully healed. Some people also apply some tea tree oil to the blister and allow it to cure overnight.
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