Fever blisters also known as cold sores are small blisters that appear on the lips or around the mouth from a viral infection. They are highly contagious in nature and are majorly by the herpes simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1). Homeopathic medicines for fever blisters help in healing the eruptions and managing the attending symptoms of burning, itching, and pain. Homeopathic medicines for fever blisters help aid natural recovery.
The blisters spread by close direct contact with infected skin through kissing, or by sharing eating utensils, razors, lip balm, toothbrushes and towels of an infected person. After entering the body, this virus remains dormant and does not cause any symptoms immediately. But if a trigger activates the virus, like a low immune system, then fever blisters tend to develop. The number of outbreaks of fever blister may be just one without any recurrence or it may appear two to three times a year varying from person to person. The triggers that can reactivate the virus and cause blisters include stress, fatigue, depression, hormonal changes, prolonged sun exposure, and pregnancy.
Homeopathic Medicines for Fever Blisters
Homeopathy offers excellent treatment for fever blisters. It boosts the self-healing mechanism of the body to fight with the viral infection and ensure natural recovery in cases of fever blisters. The top grade medicines used to treat fever blisters include Natrum Mur, Rhus Tox, Apis Mellifica, Hepar Sulph and Nitric Acid. The medicine suitable to treat a given case of fever blisters is selected individually based upon the characteristic prominent symptom of the person.
1. Natrum Mur – Top Grade Medicine to treat Fever Blisters
Natrum Mur is a top grade medicine for treating fever blisters. In cases needing Natrum Mur small vesicles appear around the mouth. The blisters contain watery content and appear as pearls around the mouth. Tiny vesicles also appear on the upper lip. Smarting pain and burning may be there in the blisters. These vesicles rupture and get covered with a scab that leaves a red spot after falling off. Lips may be dry, sore and cracked. Swelling of upper lip may be present along with the above features.
2. Rhus Tox – For Blisters around the Mouth and on Chin
Rhus Tox is well indicated for fever blisters that appear around the mouth and on the chin. The blisters are present in clusters or group. They are filled with a watery substance. Sometimes yellow colored fluid is present in the vesicles. The margin of the vesicle is red. Vesicles are sore to touch. A biting sensation is present in the vesicles. Itching may be present in the vesicles with a desire to rub them with something rough.
3. Apis Mellifica – For Blisters with Stinging, Burning Pains
Apis Mellifica is wonderful medicine for fever blisters attended with stinging and burning pains. Vesicles are small and numerous where Apis Mellifica is needed. The vesicles may be covered with yellow crusts. Intense itching may also be felt in the vesicles.
4. Hepar Sulph – For Painful and Sensitive Fever Blisters
Hepar Sulph is next beneficial medicine for fever blisters. It is well indicated to treat fever blisters that are highly painful and sensitive to touch. A heated sensation is also felt in the corners of the mouth. In cases requiring Hepar Sulph, initially, a red spot with itching appears under the lower lip where blisters form afterward. Blisters are most times yellowish. Blisters may also form on chin where Hepar Sulph is indicated.
5. Nitric Acid – For Blisters on Lips with Stitching Pain
Nitric Acid is useful for fever blisters on lips with stitching pain. Stitching pain is like as from splinters. It is most felt when touching the lips. Lips may be swollen. The lip may be cracked and sore also.
6. Arsenic Album – For Blisters with Burning Sensation
Arsenic Album is useful for fever blisters with a prominent burning sensation. The blisters appear on the lips and around the mouth. The burning sensation is most worse at night time. Cold air exposure also worsens the burning.
7. Graphites – For Blisters Discharging Sticky Fluid
Graphites is indicated for fever blisters discharging sticky fluid. The fluid is transparent, watery in addition to being sticky and glutinous. The affected skin is also inflamed and swollen. The blisters can have violent itching and burning sometimes. Graphites is also indicated for fever blisters that are covered with scabs.
8. Merc Sol – For Blisters on Lips and Tongue/Gums
Merc Sol offers help in cases of fever blisters when vesicles form on lips and also on the tongue/gums. On the lips, the blisters may be covered with yellow crusts. The blisters on tongue and gums are attended with burning pain. In addition to above few symptoms that may be present for using Merc Sol includes painful gums, sore throat, and fever.
Signs and Symptoms of Fever Blisters
The main feature of the fever blisters is the appearance of tiny fluid-filled blisters on the lips or around the mouth. However, they may also develop on the nose, chin, cheeks and also on the tongue or gums in some cases. The blisters tend to appear in group or clusters. Before the formation of blisters itching, burning or tingling around the lips may be felt. The blisters lately tend to burst, ooze fluid and get covered with a crust. It usually takes around 2 to 4 weeks for the blisters to heal completely. In the case of outbreaks for first-time fever, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, and painful gums also tend to appear sometimes. Serious complications can arise from in cases of fever blisters. It can lead to meningitis/encephalitis if the infection spread to the brain and can cause visual problems if the infection spreads to the eyes