Fever blister is one of the few conditions that can happen to anyone. There is no specific gender, age, or lifestyle it hits most. Also known as cold sores, this situation can recur in your lifetime once the virus called herpes simplex gets you. Since you do not want to be a part of the 20% of the whole population affected by this, early medication is the best way to quickly get rid of it, therefby reducing the symptoms. There is no outright medication to treat this.
The list below will help you recognize if what you have are cold sores:
1. Description. Fever blister is described as a swelling or bump on the surface of the body. It usually contains a clear fluid or serum. Sometimes, there is blood inside this inflammation. If these blisters break, the clear fluid and/or blood bleeds out. Usually, these blisters are small and merge together to form a larger one.
2. Location. These blisters occur outside the mouth. It could be at the edge of the lips, near the cheeks, chin, or the area near the nostrils. Although not as often as around the mouth, cold sores can also occur in the skin of your hands and feet. Canker sores are usually related to fever blisters. However, they differ in terms of the location where it occurs. Canker sores occur only inside the mouth such as in the tongue, gums and back of the cheeks and mouth. If it is outside the mouth, they are considered fever blisters.
3. State or Feeling. Having a blister causes many types of uneasiness. These are as follows:
- Itching. You will always want to rub the blisters.
- Sickness. You feel sick and you just want to lie in bed.
- Tiredness or lack of energy. You avoid movements and you would rather stay in one place.
- Headache and general body ache. The feeling is that the head throbs or the body experiences heavy sensation or numbness.
- Flu. There is a type of flu related to fever blisters. This is the flu experienced when the lymph nodes swell.
- Tingling or burning sensation.
4. Other signs. Swollen neck glands and redness (or sometimes frostbitten color) are signs that you can notice when people have fever blisters. At times there is pain related to this, other times, there is not.
5. Time. One blister can occur for between one to three weeks if no ointment or medication is taken. It can also happen in the exact same spot in the future (there is no study yet on the time it takes to get back). This is because you have been already exposed to the virus, and this disease will remain in your body cells.
6. Contagious. If you rub the fever blister, and touch other persons, especially those with an open wound, you can transmit the virus. Not only can you infect others, but you can also spread this virus all over your face if you do not use topical medication. Children usually receive and transmit this virus by kissing.
Once you use the tools above to recognize fever blisters, research next on how to heal and prevent them from occurring regularly.