Blisters and cold sores can be painful and frustrating. Effectively treating them can be difficult and it is hard to know what works and what doesn’t. There are however a few things you can do to help heal your condition with items you have in the house. Here are some tips to help you.
The best treatment is prevention!
It’s always better to prevent a problem than to treat it. If you have had cold sores in the past, it’s likely you will have them again. Because of this, you should do all you can to prevent them. First of all, foods that contain nuts, chocolate, peas, grains, seeds and whole-wheat should be cut from your diet. If you’re not willing to give up these foods, at least reduce your consumption of them.
Aloe Vera is your friend
Aloe Vera is a wonderful plant that can help with thousands of problems, including fever blisters and blood blisters. Aloe is not extremely helpful in treating blisters, but it can do wonders to help prevent them. Usually you will feel a tingling, itching or burning sensation right before you get a cold sore. As soon as you feel this, put a dab of Aloe Vera juice or gel onto the area, and rub it in. The Aloe will not allow the sore to develop further, and gets the healing process started early.
Start treatment early
Like Aloe Vera, other blister remedies are only affective if used early. Cornstarch paste works wonders if you apply it to affected areas as soon as you start to feel a cold sore coming. Grapefruit seed extract also works well, especially if mixed with Aloe or olive oil. Mint extract has the same effect.
Stop the spread as soon as possible
Cold sores, like so many other health issues, spread like wildfire if left untreated. To help combat the spread of fever blisters, you can rub ice cubes over the affected areas for about 10 minutes, every hour. This prevents the movement of the virus to other areas of skin. While this is a time-intensive treatment option, it has been proven to work well.
The worst thing you can do to cold sores is agitate them. Just like acne, it’s best to treat the sores, but not pick at them or scratch. It can be hard, especially if your fever blisters are dry and itchy. If they get too dry, Vaseline can be applied. This keeps your skin moisturized, and ensures that sores will not crack or bleed.
There are a lot of home remedies for blisters, but that doesn’t mean you should use them all at once. If you try everything, chances are your skin will become very dry and agitated, which only leads to more problems. Experiment, but don’t over treat your skin. If you must, limit yourself to a few treatments per day. If you want to try a new method without agitating existing problem areas, try the new treatment on a new sore.