What can trigger a fever blister?
Cold sores and fever blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), a virus that passes from person-to-person by direct contact with infected skin or secretions, including saliva. These sores have become known as cold sores or fever blisters because the virus can be reactivated by a cold or fever.
What does a fever blister look like?
Cold Sores (Fever Blisters) Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth. The skin around the blisters is often red, swollen, and sore. The blisters may break open, leak a clear fluid, and then scab over after a few days.
Is a fever blister a STD?
According Dr. Craig Austin, a dermatologist in New York City, cold sores usually aren’t a sexually transmitted disease (STD). There are two kinds of herpes virus: HSV-1, which is usually not an STD and occurs on the lip, and HSV-2, which usually causes herpes genitalis, which is essentially an STD in the genital area.
How do I get rid of a fever blister on my lip fast?
How to use: Apply a cream, ointment, or lip balm containing lemon balm to the affected area several times per day. You may also put diluted essential oil on a cotton ball and hold it on the sores for a few minutes. Continue using lemon balm for a few days after your sores have healed.