With more than 3 million cases per year in the United States, the common cold sore or fever blister or more robust than most realize. The condition is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), spread through skin-to-skin contact or saliva. Whether kissing or drinking out of the same glass, the virus typically spreads fast, appearing as a cluster of small blisters and often red in nature.
Once a person is infected with HSV-1, the virus lives dormant in the body until triggered again. Triggers such as stress, a cold, fever, and change of weather can cause reoccurence. Sun exposure can also cause a cold sore to appear.
How do you treat a cold sore?
Over-the-counter medications include Lysine and Abreva for many. Some choose a more natural option.
Natural remedies include:
Peppermint, mint and witch hazel oil.
Aloe vera gel to soothe inflammation and provide crucial moisture to the infected area.
Intake of Vitamin C to help boost levels of white cells, the body’s main infection-fighting cells.
Ways to prevent breakouts?
Echinacea supplements can help boost the immune system to keep infections at bay.
Licorica Root is also a supplement many consider to be effective.
Use of the lip balm daily, especially with sun exposure.
Cold sore/fever blister tips:
The infected area will appear reddish or start tingling almost right away. At first signs or symptoms, immediately start applying medication to reduce the time of symptoms.
Vitamin E or Vitamin E enriched products may help repair damaged skin.
Aloe Vera skin moisturizers, such as Lexli’s Skincare – Day Moisturizer with SPF 15 for Normal to Dry Skin, Sun Screen Spray, and Acne Moisturizer with Sunblock can help repair the skin and prevent breakouts from the sun. Why this product? It is professional grade aloe vera and not dilluted with water.
When traveling always have lip balm with sunscreen with you.