Fever blisters in the nose
Fever blisters or cold sores are very common. It is estimated that more than half a million Americans suffer from them each year and that 95 percent of the entire population carries the virus, which does not necessarily mean they actually develop fever blisters, as the virus can remain dormant for a very long time. Fever blisters in most people appear on the lips. In less common cases, they can appear inside the nose, on the nose, on the chin or on the skin between the nose and the upper lip.
According to most experts on the subject, topical remedies are not very helpful for fever blisters in the nose, especially since it may be a bit difficult to apply them. Still, there are many tips and tricks for making a fever blister in the nose heal faster.
How to treat a fever blister in the nose
When it comes to fever blisters in the nose, it is better to see a doctor who will make a correct diagnosis. This is mostly because fever blisters in the nose are not very common and a non-professional can easily mistake it for something else. Most doctors recommend oral antiviral drugs for fever blisters in the nose. Fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus, more precisely HSV-1, and as such they do not respond to antibiotics. Oral medications have to be taken exactly as prescribed and they must never be stopped until the course is complete. Just like with antibiotics, the effectiveness of antiviral medications depends on the regular dosing, which means they have to be taken at the same time every day.
During the treatment, it is not advised to stick anything inside the nose. If the fever blister is touched, scraped, pierced or damaged in any way, it will delay the healing and increase the risk of complications.
During the healing period, it helps to increase the intake of vitamins and minerals, both through foods and through supplements. Vitamin C is particularly important because of its ability to fight infections.
In addition, it is highly recommended to increase the intake of lysine. Lysine is an essential amino acid that plays an important role in the immune system and it has a direct negative effect on the herpes virus. On the other hand, sources of another amino acid called arginine should be avoided. Lysine can be taken through food but during herpes outbreaks it is better to take supplements as well.