Fever blisters usually break out with a tingling sensation, discomfort, aching or itching. This is its normal warning for its coming. It is as a result of    the herpes virus which hides out in the nerves and is activated as a result of overexposure to sunlight, hormonal changes, stress or weak immune systems.

In order for you to reduce the severity and duration of an outbreak you should follow the following fever blister remedies:

       
  1. Ensure that you apply a damp black tea bag onto the area where the fever blister outbreak has occurred for around 10 minutes. Do this for 3-4 times a day.    
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  3. Then apply an ice pack on to the area again this time keeping it on for around 15 minutes. Do this for 3-4 times a day.    
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  5. As a rule always follow up the ice application with a lemon balm ointment applied on to the area. You can get it under the brand name col sore relief and is available online as well.    
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  7. Next, take 1 gram of lysine together with 1,000 mg of vitamin c which contains a 1000 mg of flavonoids. Ensure that you take them for upto 5 times a day until the recurrence disappears.    
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  9. You can also take baby aspirin once a day with food.    

The tea bag treatment is part of the most effective fever blister remedies. Tea bags usually have antiviral properties as they contain tannic acid. As a result of tannic acid having antiviral properties it is usually used as an ingredient in over the counter drugs for fever blister    remedies.

The ice in turn, numbs the pain and evidence suggests that it reduces the amount of virus created as well. Lemon balm on the other hand usually helps in replicate. There is a study of 116 people that was carried out and which    found that those treated with the balm usually recovered quicker as compared to those who received placebo.

Lysine happens to be an amino acid which works just like antiviral and hence blocks the activity of another amino acid, arginine. Arginine is usually the    food for the virus and helps it to replicate. Therefore having this food source cut off usually reduces the amount of virus present in the system. In a study of 53 people who had oral and genital herpes, those who got lysine supplements and cut out arginine-rich foods usually had an average of around 3.1 outbreaks in 6 months compared to an average of 4.2 in the control group.

You should ensure that you take lysine until the outbreak fades. And in order to prevent other outbreaks you should as well increase the amount of lysine rich foods in your diet followed by a decrease in arginine rich foods. Foods rich in lysine include: eggs, cheese, lima beans, milk, chicken, potatoes, fish and soy.

Finally the aspirin usually helps in reducing the pain of the fever blister and also helps in reducing the healing time.

With these home remedies for fever blisters, you should well be on your path to recovery in no time.