The tingle, the itch, the slightly swollen, slightly warm bump. Yup, you know that familiar sensation all too well. You’re getting a dreaded fever blister. Ugh! I have suffered from fever blisters since I was a small child, and they have caused me much inconvenience, teasing, and physical and emotional pain. If you get frequent fever blisters, you know what I mean.
Fever blisters are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus- Type 1, and are extremely common. They move through several different phases, starting with a tingling sensation, then moving to liquid-filled blisters. Often the blisters spread and form clusters of blisters. Eventually they dry up, leaving a scab, and the scab falls off and the lip heals. With no treatment, the fever blister usually heals within a couple of weeks.
Two weeks is too long for me sport a big scab on my lip. It’s too long for me not to kiss my husband. It’s too long for me not to kiss my kids. I LOATHE fever blisters!
I used to take prescription and over the counter medications to treat my outbreaks, but over time they quit working and some actually made them worse. After I became interested in natural remedies, I began searching for ways to treat my fever blisters at home. Truthfully, I don’t get fever blisters nearly as often as I used to since I switched to a real food diet and began pursuing more natural products and remedies in my life, but occasionally they do still make their ugly debut.
Last week, I began getting a tingling sensation on my lip and a small bump. I knew I had to take action fast! Guess what? It worked! The bump never developed into a full blown blister and vanished completely within a couple of days. I was thrilled, and I couldn’t wait to share this remedy with you! This is by far the greatest success I’ve ever had with an at home remedy.
How I Stopped a Fever Blister in its Tracks
1 T. virgin coconut oil
3-4 drops of tea tree oil
I mixed these two ingredients together in a small glass container.
I then used a cotton swab and applied it to the potential blister 3-4 times a day.
I only had to use this remedy for a couple of days, but you may have to use longer depending on your individual case.
**It is important to remember to use this mixture AS SOON as you notice the tingle. You will have FAR greater success if you catch it as early as possible!
Other Internal Support for Treating and Preventing Fever Blisters
- Consider a L-lysine supplement and reduce arginine: There is evidence that a diet higher in lysine and lower in arginine, is also helpful for reducing fever blisters. Both are amino acids and beneficial to the body, but a diet high in arginine and low in lysine may cause frequent fever blister outbreaks. For a good chart on ratios of these amino acids in foods, see this article. Nuts and seeds are at the top of the list. I am thinking of limiting nuts and seeds to see if my outbreaks lessen. You can also look at getting yourself some lysine ointment for your lips to put directly on your outbreak.
- Recognize your triggers and try to avoid them: Sunburns, chapped lips, trauma to the area, hormonal changes, stress, or a weakened immune system can all be triggers. If you keep track of your triggers, you may have greater success avoiding them altogether.
- Reducing stress: Take long walks, get some fresh air, do some light exercise, take vacations, play, sleep, enjoy life. Stress can weaken your immune system and cause a host of problems, one of which is fever blisters. Find some time to unwind and you may see a decrease in the frequency of your outbreaks.
- Boost the immune system.
Probiotic rich foods and supplements are my favorite way to boost my family’s immune systems. Kefir, kombucha, and cultured vegetables are my go-to ways to get our daily intake of probiotics.
Cod Liver Oil is another one of my favorite immune system boosters due to its high levels of fat soluble vitamins A, D, and K.
Bone broth: Here it is again, my beloved bone broth. lol Yes it works to help strengthen the gut and immune system.
Do you have any remedies to speed healing time of fever blisters? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Medical Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this should not be taken as medical advice. I am simply sharing my own experience. Please consult a medical professional.