Posted on Mar 19, 2008 | Comments 1
Are you suffering with yellow-crusted painful lesions on your lips, cheeks, and chin or in your nostrils?
Fever blisters can be the cause! These are the most common skin conditions which affect almost 15% of total population.
These fever blisters, also known as cold sores, are actually caused by herpes simplex virus, which can spread from person to person through direct contact with the infected skin or saliva.
Fever blisters are highly contagious and once if you are affected with these cold sores caused due to herpes simplex virus, frequently you can experience fever blisters again and again in your life.
There are no prevention methods or vaccines for this viral infection, but there are methods to ease the pain caused by these cold sores and prevent the spreading of infection through quick healing.
Useful steps to speed up the healing process of fever blisters:
- Avoid confusion between canker sores and cold sores. A canker sore is different from cold sore. Canker sores are usually explained as mouth ulcers which normally take place inside your mouth while cold sores very occasionally occur inside your mouth and they are also normally smaller than mouth ulcers. Consult your doctor and get it checked to determine whether they are cold sores or mouth ulcers.
- Identify the infection at initial stage. You can feel a tingling or slightly burning sensation around your mouth and you can also feel a small bump or hardness at the area where the fever blisters can possibly appear. If you identify the infection earlier, then the possibility to overcome the infection will be more.
- Avoid sharing your personal things like utensils, coffee mugs, or even straws with others, as herpes simplex virus is highly contagious, it can spread easily. Don’t touch your cold sores frequently and try to wash your hands frequently with disinfectant soaps. Gently washing your fever blisters using mild soaps can also prevent the spread of infection.
- Throw away your tooth brush after your cold sore is healed, as it can be a source for re-infection on your skin.
- Try to use anti-viral medication. Don’t experiment any new medicines for your body, as it can increase the chance of allergy [Allergy Treatment] or infection on your skin, as it can be sensitive to your skin. So it is very essential to seek medical advice before using medications for cold sores.
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