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Fever blisters can be embarrassing, and once you know the virus has got you, it can hit you time and time again as it never truly leaves your body. It also lowers many people’s your self-esteem because of cold sore usually visible on the edge of your lips.
As a result, we tend to use a lot of home remedies to get rid of this blisters especially with methods we found on the internet. However some home remedies can trigger symptoms to flare up, so it is best to consult your doctor to ensure the problem is dealt with quickly.
Fever blisters are also known as cold sores. They are caused by the Herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) which, when the infection flares up, produces cold sores. It is a small sore usually on the face, especially around lips, chin, and cheeks but can also be found in the gums and palate, although much more rarely. Between breakouts, HSV-1 resides deep beneath the nerve roots and can resurface anytime.
HSV can easily be transmitted if the mouth sores and blisters are already present via skin contact. However, you can still be infected without any symptoms present through saliva. It’s also possible to spread the infection to other parts of your own body by touching cold sores with your hands and then, for example, rubbing your eyes. You are also likely to be affected by kissing and sharing a personal item with an infected person.
Other cases such as through work as a dentist, health specialist, or doctor, are considered at high risk of getting cold sores. Anyone can get infected by HSV-1 especially those people with a weakened immune system since the primary role of our immune system is to fight against viruses and bacteria.
Cold sores themselves are not too dangerous but can lead to severe complications and can spread throughout the body. Symptoms may vary depending on the stage, if it is your first outbreak or if it’s a recurring outbreak.
Burning sensations and itching or a prickle-like sensation can usually be felt around the lips, or mouth in the areas that the cold sore or fever blister is forming. The next stage is the appearance of small vesicles (blisters). This happens in the two days after the first signs. These vesicles merge and break open. This lesion will weep for a few days, during which the sores are considered most contagious (though they are always infectious). The fourth stage is crusting. The scabs can crack and bleed with occasional discomfort.
Although there is no cure for fever blisters since the virus will stay within your body, but the treatment will heal the symptoms. As a result, prevention is a key factor in dealing with cold sores, and other Herpes infections. Avoid touching flare-ups and keep your hands clean. Avoid contact with others to reduce the chance of infecting someone else.
Treatment can be in the form of a topical cream that will apply on the affected area. There is also treated in the way of pills or known as the antiviral drug such as acyclovir. This drug aims to work by reducing viral replication – meaning the outbreak is tackled by the immune system more rapidly and heals faster as a result. There are many over the counter medications that will ease the Burning sensation, pain, and itchiness but this OTC medication will not aid the healing process.
Docosanol 10% cream (Abreva) however, is usually available over the counter and can aid the healing process especially during the first outbreak however possible side effects will be rashes and itchiness in the specific area of application.
CBD or cannabidiol is a plant extract that is derived from cannabis. Another compound that comes from the cannabis plant is THC and this is known for its mind-altering effect. Unlike THC, CBD non-psychoactive, yet, similar to THC, can provide a lot of health benefits when used correctly.
How CBD works
According to biochemistry, when cannabinoids enter the body, they will interact with receptors such as CB1 and CB2. CB1 is found in our central nervous system while CB2 is located in the peripheral nervous system and immune system. These 2 receptors are within our endocannabinoid system (ECS). Cannabinoids from the cannabis plants, such as CBD and THC, have been seen modulating the ECS to offer positive results.
Due to the interactions between cannabinoids and the ECS, we are able to decrease inflammation, lower blood pressure, use cannabinoids to reduce migraines and to help with many other medically significant issues.
Cannabinoid has gained a lot of popularity nowadays, and we are aware that it can be in the form of CBD oil but did you know that cannabinoids can be applied directly to our skin, topically, in the form of CBD creams or lotions?
CBD as a topical cream allows for application directly in the affected area So, if you are not comfortable with the taste of CBD oil, creams may be a good alternative. There are comparatively few side effects compared to many modern medicines, which makes it a safe alternative. It’s important to note, however, that THC, the other common cannabinoid has been shown to actually increase the infectivity of HSV, and to trigger outbreaks of cold sores, yet at the same time, it’s been found to inhibit the growth of other viruses. It’s always best to read the literature and find the most up to date information before deciding.
In the case of cold sores, CBD works much in the same way as other antivirals. It reduces the growth rate of the virus. However, CBD also helps the immune system, speeding recovery. It reduces inflammation and helps reduce itchiness. These make it seem like somewhat of a miracle drug, however seek medical advice before trying CBD as an option as there’s still little conclusive evidence, and a lot more studies are needed to truly cement CBD in as a treatment for cold sores.