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How To Stop A Fever Blister From Forming
Just diagnosed with shingles, started on valtrex (valacyclovir) . Will I continue to get more of a rash or will it stop it from new forming blisters/rash?
Natural Process: When there is injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. The swelling occurs under the skin layers and then can leak out of an open wound. The fluid contains water, protein, electrolytes and cells that give it color. This is a natural process and aids in healing. As it heals, the drainage will decrease. Keep it covered. ...Read more
Keep it clean: Sore implies it is small and superficial wound. Keep it dry and clean. Superficial and small wounds you may apply Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or Neosporin ointment for a few days. However if it is not getting better after few days, such as in Diabetic foot ulcers, MUST be evaluated for debridement of the wound and/or antibiotic treatment. ...Read more
Find the cause: When there is injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. The swelling occurs under the skin layers and then can leak out of an open wound. The fluid contains water, protein, electrolytes and cells that give it color. This is a natural process and aids in healing. As it heals, the drainage will decrease. Keep it covered. ...Read more
Immune Cells: When one has an infection the immune fighting cells, the white blood cells, come to attack and to destroy the infection. This is pus. If you did not have an immune system then you would die. It is absolutely a wrong assumption that you do not want immune cells in your body or to 'prevent' your body from fighting off infection. ...Read more
Bruise: For the first 24 hours, i would ice the effected area to minimize the spread of the bruise. After 48 hours, heat may be applied to allow the blood to disperse about the body. The amount of time it takes to heal is highly variable from person to person. ...Read more
Change: Your tape or make sure the tape isn't to tight causing the skin to blister. ...Read more
Local hygiene: There will always be a component of scarring with healing. Wash the area with plain old soap and water. Apply some antibiotic ointment. Cover with dressing. Don't leave open to air. When completely healed. Obtain mederma cream and apply as directed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Borofax: Keep the area moist wit a lip cream like borofax for accelerated healing. ...Read more
What is the healing process for a herpes blister on a newborn face? How long does till the blister bursts to a scab?
If herpes: see Doc!: Herpes in newborn infants is a very serious issue that needs prompt asap evaluation and testing-especially if your infant is sick. Herpes may be only on the skin at this time, however, it can spread throughout the entire body (disseminated herpes). This in turn can affect the brain, liver, lungs, and kidneys. Please have this sorted out asap! ...Read more
Depends on if pus: If the fluid in the blister is only something like serum, then it should clear out if few days to a weeks. If the fluid is pus, then it needs to be lanced and drained and might need antibiotics. The fluid in this case is associated with redness of skin and pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fingernail biting: This is very difficult to accomplish until the child is old enough to care about their personal appearance as it is usually an unconscious behavior. The good news it rarely has any health consequences other than the very occasional infection of the cuticle area (paronychia) which is easily treated. ...Read more
No guarantees: Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your dermatologist can also provide laser treatments. ...Read more
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