How to Get Rid of a Fever Blister Fast

Bactine

How does it work on the herpes virus? The active ingredient in Bactine is Benzalkonium Chloride 0.13%, the exact same ingredient used in the "miracle product" Viroxyn. Bactine is an inexpensive, over-the-counter antiseptic wash used to treat cuts and scrapes. Don't bother buying Viroxyn, unless you want to spend way more for the exact same product. The Benzalkonium Chloride in Bactine basically destroys what's called the "lipid coat" on the virus so that the virus is unable to attach to the skin's cells. The herpes virus is enclosed by an envelope of fat that helps the virus enter and invade the cells.

How To Use Bactine

As mentioned previously, the best way to fight this virus is as quickly as possible. At the first sign of the twinge, tickle, tingle, or pain, apply the Bactine with a cotton ball or a Q-Tip. I use a Q=Tip to avoid spreading the virus as much as possible. You don't want to just glob it on and call it done, though. Apply a decent amount and lightly rub it onto the affected area. Bactine has lidocaine in it which will numb the skin. Once the skin is numb, begin to rub harder and more vigorously but avoid breaking the skin!

I'm telling you, I've hadremarkableresults with this treatment! They either don't develop at all or are extremely mild.

Zinc Oxide

It seems my treatments have us taking a walk down memory lane, huh? First, I recommend Bactine, the stuff your mother used to chase after you with after you fell off your bike. Now, zinc oxide—the active ingredient in many diaper rash formulas?! I guess there's something to be said for the good old days, huh?

I'm not just making this stuff up, though. There's actually some scientific evidence the zinc oxide treatment works. A combination zinc oxide/glycine cream was given to patients in the first 24 hours of herpes simplex 1 symptoms. They applied the cream every 2 hours until either the cold sore had healed or until the span of three weeks had passed. A placebo was given to the control group. The results showed the group applying the zinc oxide/glycine cream had faster healing times than those using the placebo. The ointment also reduced pain, blistering, itching and tingling. I've found these results to hold true when I've used it myself.

How to Use Zinc Oxide

The bummer is the frequency of application. You need to be putting on the cream every two hours without fail. I recommend using a clean Q-Tip for application. Never use the same Q-Tip to treat multiple areas or you risk spreading the virus.

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