A fever blister which is often called a cold sores is the same. The skin that surrounds the blister is frequently red, sore and swollen. The blister is formed on the skin and is filled with fluid that eventually break and form a scab over the skin. The healing process may take a few days or a couple of weeks. A cold sore is contracted through the virus herpes simplex (HSV)but there are two types of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. These two virus both cause cold sores around the mouth and genitals.
Herpes simplex most times comes through a cut in the skin or around the mouth from the outside or inside. The virus will spread when a person touches the infected area or blister, contamination can start by sharing eating utensils, razors, kissing an infected person or coming in contact with there saliva. Here are some symptoms of a cold sore (fever blister):
- Pain around the mouth.
- Pain around the lips.
- A fever.
- A sore throat.
- Swollen glands in the neck.
- Children may drool when they are about to get a cold sore.
There are some ways that you can avoid a fever blister (cold sore):
- Avoid coming in contact with a person that has a fever blister.
- Don't drink or eat behind a person with the fever blister.
- Don't let stress take a part of your life, it can trigger the fever blister to another breakout.
- Use handmade lip balm to protect your lips because sunlight can trigger another breakout of the fever blister.
- Wash your hands and don't touch the affected area with your hand because it can spread to other parts of your body.