Herpes on lips: causes, symptoms and treatments
Greetings, dear readers! Let’s say you have jumped the herpes on the lip before an important event. What to do? How to quickly get rid of? Many of us are often faced with such unpleasant phenomenon, as the herpes labialis.
In the common disease called the «flu». To ignore her is impossible, since it looks awful and very worried. This article tells about the causes, modes of propagation and the features of fast home treatment of classical herpes.
Symptoms of the common cold on the lips
Almost all know what it looks like herpes. This small rash in the form of folderico that appear on the skin and mucous membranes. Valderice with transparent sticky content to bother with itching, burning, inflamed and burst as eventually (after ripening).
Except the lips, a classic cold can go the whole nosogubnyj a triangle. Before the rash affected area swells slightly, inflamed, become red, hot and itchy.
After Valderice will reveal, in their place, formed persistent ugly crust. The above defect may be present on the lip for more than a month. In some people the disease recurs very often, this rash appears in different places.
What causes cold sore on your lips?
The common cold triggers HSV 1. After penetration into the body it triggers the primary attack, which is different from the subsequent brightness.
The first herpes can occur in childhood and is sure to be the most difficult.
Subsequent or secondary attacks are faster, occur at different times of the year, easily treated.
The virus will not disappear from the body ill. It is situated in the nerve cells and will be there to dwell, to let me know about yourself periodically. According to who statistics, the virus HSV 1 infected more than 90% of the total population.
80% of the infected virus is in inactive stage and does not bother absolutely. The rest of the herpes appears on the lips with surprising regularity. Examples of cold-related skin rash you see in the photo.
Causes: what can cause the appearance of herpetic rash on the lips?
Herpes have many causes. The face is always open part of the body confronted with harmful environmental factors.
The skin in the lips is particularly sensitive, and there is also ultra-sensitive mucous membranes that can also become a target for viruses. Often herpetic rash occurs after the influence of certain factors such as:
- viral and bacterial systemic infection;
- fatigue and stress;
- trauma disruption of the integrity of the skin;
- menstruation or menopause;
- debilitating diet;
- excessive tanning.
Especially dangerous herpes is for people with permanently or dramatically weakened immune systems, for example, for HIV-infected and AIDS patients, for cancer patients, for people after major surgery or prolonged treatment.
Chill on the lips: contagious or not?
Of course, it is contagious! Some sources you can find information about that virus, triggering cold on the lips, not transmitted. This is absolutely not true! Any virus is transmitted from person to person, and in different ways.
How can you get herpes infection? It’s simple: through skin contact with skin, through household items such as dishes and air-drop method when communicating. During childbirth, the virus can be transmitted from mom to child. This method of transmission is called vertical.
In order not to infect others with herpes who are suffering need to understand that is infectious, and careful. If you have popped up cold, you get a personal towels, utensils, care products for skin. In addition, observe the following guidelines:
And now to the most interesting part, to the rapid treatment of colds in the home. Let’s start with the traditional medication.
What drugs will help to quickly cure the common cold on the lips?
First, ill need to use antiviral medicines. This is a serious medication that can only be bought on prescription after consulting a doctor. By the way, with herpes consult a dermatologist.
Against a herpetic rash on the lips is often used the drug Acyclovir, and other drugs created from it. The cost of the medication in cream form varies from 80 to 100 rubles.
A modern analogue of Acyclovir is Zovirax. The drug is not less effective than the previous one, but the cost of it higher (200 rubles).
Antiherpetic drugs can be used as:
- wash and dry the skin on the face with a towel (do not RUB much, but just a DAB);
- treat a cold antiseptic solution, which included no alcohol (alcohol is irritating to the epidermis);
- apply ointment thinly and evenly to the cold, using the beauty wand (if you do it with your fingers, it will spread the infection not only on face but also on the drug, which can inadvertently use someone else);
- leave the drug until it is absorbed (some medications for external use are cold, a protective film, so try not to touch the treated site).
Together with antiviral ointments or instead if failed to extract them, you can use the following medications:
In any case, do not apply cold substances such as iodine, alcohol and brilliant green. They dry the skin and aggravate the inflammation. After such processing in place of herpes folderico can cause serious chemical burns.
Some cares are assigned antiviral drugs for oral administration (tablets mostly). This treatment can be done only in the most severe cases, if there is a risk that the herpes infection will spread to the internal organs. Complicated with herpes are mostly holders of a weakened immune system and small children.
The cold sore on lips during pregnancy: what to treat?
As you know, pregnant women are prohibited from taking many drugs because of possible harmful effects on the fetus. Herpes rash but they also may appear as the pregnancy is hormonal imbalance and stress to the body. What to do if the lips up a cold during pregnancy?
If the disease is secondary (relapse), it is possible to treat it with external medication Zovirax. This ointment is permitted to pregnant women, but you need to ensure that it doesn’t get in your mouth. Is the Zovirax is sometimes recommended to use the ointment: oxolinic, alizarin.
Women who bears a child, is strictly prohibited drugs to the oral (by mouth). If you are afraid to use ointments, pay attention to folk remedies, safe for pregnancy:
- solution Pills are intended for external treatment of common cold (soak cotton wool in it and apply to wolgarica as a compress);
- toothpaste «Forest Balsam» — applied to the common cold as a mask (keep this mask needs to dry toothpaste);
- antiaritmicheskie lipstick with oils — prevention is best suited lipstick with tea tree (apply this lipstick, if you feel that you will soon be cold on the lip);
- essential oils — sea buckthorn has potent antiviral effect and is completely harmless (some essential oils can burn and irritate the skin so if irritation occurs, dilute the oil with water 50/50);
- vaseline — to put on the crust so it didn’t crack (don’t go overboard with the vaseline, otherwise the healing process will be delayed);
- vegetable oil — an alternative that can replace the essential oil (if you choose this tool, it is better to use olive oil because it is healthier and more nutritious than sunflower).
If you have no contraindications in pregnancy and allergies, you can use other people’s money. This treatment is suitable for both children and adults. Want to learn how to cure the common cold on the lips quickly and safely?
Folk remedies against herpetic rash on the lips
The popular treatment is convenient because it is available for everyone. The following tips rid of herpes rash for 2-3 days. Ingredients for recipes can be found in each house. So those are the most effective antiherpetic non-traditional means:
Agree, this treatment will be able to undertake. That’s why alternative medicine remains popular, despite the modern sophistication of traditional classic medicine.
I hope the article was informative and interesting. Be sure to use the above recommendations if the lips appear cold. Read share with friends and subscribe to website updates, if desired. Good health and see you soon!
The author: Elena Smirnova (dermatologist)