Have a Blood Blister? 6 Precautions You Should Take
There are plenty of steps to help you prevent your next outbreak, but there are also many things you need to be aware of when you currently have a blood blister. If you currently have a fever blister, there are certain precautions you should take to prevent further problems. You want to minimize any chances of re-infection, and you want to start the healing process as soon as possible.
1. Throw away your toothbrush
Once your blisters go away, you should throw away your toothbrush. This is because the germs on toothbrushes can actually re-infect you, causing the development of more cold sores. Other things that touch your face/mouth on a regular basis should be tossed or cleaned thoroughly. For example, face towels should be cleaned thoroughly, with bleach if possible.
2. Avoid contact with others while infected
While you have cold sores, even if you are using a , try to avoid direct skin-to-skin contact with other people. You do not want to spread your virus, and if you don’t already know, herpes is extremely contagious. Avoid kissing people, or even touching their face. Warn people of your virus, and try to do all you can to prevent its spread.
3. Try to isolate the problem
If left alone, blisters will often spread, getting worse and worse. You should try to limit the infection to the sores you have already. To do this, I recommend applying ice to the affected area several times a day. If you can, do it for 5-10 minutes every hour. If that’s not possible, shoot for at least 5 times per day. The ice will help heal existing sores, and cut off the spread of future blisters.
4. Eat well
Certain foods are proven to trigger outbreaks. If you already have an outbreak, eating these foods will only worsen the situation. These foods are: chocolate, whole wheat, peas, nuts, grains, fatty foods, acidic foods, and salt. You don’t have to completely eliminate these from your diet, but it’s a good idea to at least decrease your consumption.
5. Get healthy
A lot of the time fever blisters are caused by illnesses, such as fever (hence the name). If you are sick, try to get healthy. This will help your cold sores heal quicker. Generally, eating well and staying in shape will help you stay healthy and avoid illnesses. Also, exercising regularly helps because you sweat out toxins that are in your body.
6. Avoid prolonged sun exposure
Prolonged exposure to the sun is linked to the triggering of cold sores. If you have a sore, or have in the past, try to avoid sun exposure. If you must stay outside for a long time on a hot day, use sun block on the affected area. SPF 15 or higher works best. Be careful, though, as some sun screens will actually worsen the blisters, especially if your skin has a negative reaction to it. Use sun block brands that you have used in the past and know you’re not allergic to.