Fever blisters are a viral infection and are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1, or HSV-1, genital herpes is most commonly caused by herpes simplex virus type 2 also known as HSV-2. Fever blisters are usually very painful and can be extremely embarrassing and troublesome for the sufferer; however they can be treated with certain medications and home remedies to lessen the severity of the outbreak to a degree.
Fever blisters are fluid-filled blood blisters that will commonly occur on the moist area just outside of your lip region and are highly infectious from person to person. Fever blisters were such a problem during ancient Roman times that the Romans actually banned kissing at public ceremonial events. Fever blisters being very contagious can be spread by kissing or through the sharing of eating utensils, toothbrushes, towels or razors.
They can be transmitted person to person
Fever blisters can also be transmitted person to person by means of oral-genital intimate contact. Unfortunately, fever blisters are an all too common skin condition that affects approximately up to 30% of the United States population.
Fever blisters are not always active, visible, with many people experiencing outbreaks of three to four times a year. However, in some severe cases people may experience these outbreaks far more often. Stress and diet will often play a huge roll in its reoccurrence. Fever blisters may appear as a single blister or in a cluster of little blisters, and outbreaks can differ outbreak to outbreak.
While there is no known cure for Fever blisters, they can be treated using a wide variety of medications and home remedies, including over the counter topical ointments and oral medications. For most people, a Fever blister outbreak may last anywhere from seven days to two weeks.
They are also know as cold sores
Fever blisters are also known as cold sores can be highly painful, itchy and cause many people to feel like they have to compress them to achieve some form of pain relief, while other people who experience these cold sores will have no pain symptoms at all. This can also differ from one outbreak to another.
Remember, these sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus Type1 and are highly contagious; you should refrain from touching them as much as possible. While there is no cure for these painful blisters to date, there are some medications that can be prescribed by a doctor, plus a few over the counter ointments, as well as some natural remedies that people swear by for fever blisters treatments that can be used to help treat the infection, reduce the pain and shorten the outbreak period. If you suspect you may have fever blisters, or experience cold sores, you should seek the advice of a medical professional for a proper diagnosis. The fact that your body has been attacked by the herpes virus could also signal other lingering medical conditions, fever blisters just being one of them.