What are fever blister or cold sore?
# The skin around your lip, especially at corner
# You feel burning and itching or tingling.
# Then a painful spot appear and blister erupt at the
corner of your mouth.
# They are called fever blister because they come
along with fever.
# If they come with cold, they are called cold sore.
# Initially they are tiny fluid filled blisters around your
lips which breaks forming scabs.
# It can be painful and may stay there for 8—10 days.
What is cause of fever blisters or cold sores?
# They are caused by Herpes simplex 1 virus (HSV-1).
What is treatment of fever blisters or cold sores?
# As such, there is not treatment for fever blisters.
# Your dermatologist might prescribe you topical
antiviral creams or antiviral medicines to reduce your symptoms.
But yes, don’t worry-
Fortunately, your food can help!!!
# Herpes require arginine to grow. Lysine
reduces the absorption of arginine.
# Thus, lysine helps to prevent the growth of herpes virus
which is responsible for your blisters.
So now what you need to do is-
You need to reduce your intake of food rich in arginine &
increase your intake of food rich in lysine.
Good natural vegetarian sources of lysine are :(good for you)
- Bathua leaves ( chill ni bhaji)
- Shepu ( suwa ni bhaji)
So when you have active symptoms, incorporate these lysine
Natural vegetarian sources of arginine are: ( not good for you)
- Sunflower seeds.
even if these food are healthy for you, you need to
avoid them during active phase of cold sore/ fever blisters.
Stress is another aggravating factor. So to combat stress, you
need to exercise daily and take at least 8 hours sleep.
That’s all for today
See you next Tuesday
With another Tuesday tip
Providing simple solutions for the complexities of life-
Dr Bhumita Makwana
Your Dietitian & cosmetic clinician.