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Fever Blisters caused by the sun, advice needed.

Started 1312512801.203 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1314078981.853 by erumsf

I love being outside in our pool during the summer time and I use SPF on my skin, and yet I end up with fever blisters on my lips.

I know it's important to protect yourself from the suns damaging rays.

Can anyone offer any advice on how to prevent these?

Thanks for your help.

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qvcist1312513855.023289 PostsRegistered 1/26/2010

Carmex has about 15 spf, chapstick only has 4 spf. I found out the hard way! Because I am a chapstick addict I never checked it, until my lips were covered with bleeding coldsores. We went on a weekend trip on motorcycles. Ouch!

kelseysnana1312514967.3979 PostsRegistered 6/4/2010

Hi Mama Deb, I too have suffered from those awful fever blisters my whole life ! I not only get them in the summer sun but also in the cold winter. I talked to my Doctor about it and she said if you get them a lot then I should take a pill called valacyclovir hcl 500 mg. once a day to Prevent them from occuring at all. I started the medicine about a year ago and to this date, knock on wood, I haven't gotten any since . Yours may not come as frequent as mine did, but there is a perscription med called Denavir creme to help the blisters heal faster. Hope this helps.

annabellet­hecat1312515453.52317432 PostsRegistered 9/23/2006
You need Lysiene. Order Andrew Lessman's vitamin called Lysiene. It's over on HSN. Google Lysiene. You will see. Trust me. Now go right now! Don't take tablets. Only capsules. They are better on your tummy.

jewel31312515812.0271823 PostsRegistered 6/11/2006West Coast
Take 500 mg of lysine each day. You can get it at any health food store or order from any supplement shop or at CVS, Walgreens, etc. It will help prevent shingles and all of the herpes family viruses.

I'll never have significance in this life if it's all about me.

Mama Deb1312515873.992228 PostsRegistered 9/26/2006

Thanks, they really look bad and in 12 days we're headed to the beach for a whole week, and I don't want to spend all my time inside away from the sun.

kelseysnana1312516041.41379 PostsRegistered 6/4/2010

I tried the Lysine, took them faithfully, still had reoccuring fever blisters. They may work for some people, but didn't help me one bit.

annabellet­hecat1312516120.31317432 PostsRegistered 9/23/2006
I agree jewel3. I get cracks on the sides of my mouth then I remember I didn't take any Lisiene in a few days. Most pharmacists and Drs will tell you that capsules are always better. Think about it, when was the last time you got a prescription filled and it DID NOT have capsules? They melt better.

kilkenny101312516271.437805 PostsRegistered 10/24/2010

maybe they are not fever blisters but sun poisening

Mama Deb1312516558.4872228 PostsRegistered 9/26/2006

Can you explain what sun poisoning is? I've never heard of it.

kilkenny101312516882.28805 PostsRegistered 10/24/2010

u get a really bad sunburn clear filled blisters just like a "shoe blister" mostly when u havent been in the sun for a while you know a really bad burn!!! but u may also have an allergy,,, folks do break out from too much sun

kilkenny101312517041.3805 PostsRegistered 10/24/2010

GET PURE ZINC you know the white stuff life guards use... im a water baby love the sun surf but theres no way i can do it anymore im 50 dont want to look like a "Florida" crocodile

Mama Deb1312517760.3272228 PostsRegistered 9/26/2006

Thanks so much, I'm 51 but thankfully our pool is located in the shade in the afternoons so I can avoid much of the sun. I don't want to look like that either thats why I do use lots of SPF to protect my skin.

darkpoet1312519070.41783 PostsRegistered 10/1/2010

WEAR SPF ON YOUR LIPS!! Cold sores on the lips are from Herpes Simplex Virus 1. Most people who have the virus likely got it before they were 10 years old. If you have this, you'll always have it. But there are many factors that increase the likelihood of a flare-up: fatigue, stress, SUNLIGHT, trauma on the lips (dental procedures in which you have to keep your mouth open and even heavy making out/kissing with a guy who has even a little bit of stubble are all considered trauma to the lips).

Taking L-lysine can help reduce flare-ups and prevent them (but of course, not "cure" them) but talk to a physician before doing so. It is considered a supplement. Also, one can take anti-viral medication that prevents a flare-up. You have to get a prescription from a doctor, which is easy enough to do. But ideally, you need to take the pills before a sore actually forms...basically start taking those babies when you know you will be under stress or when you are gearing up for a special event or vacation. I have taken anti-viral stuff just as I was feeling that tingle and one NEVER formed. (But I am sensitive to even the slightest change in my lips.)

There are some docs/researchers who think that certain foods can trigger flare-ups: chocolate, nuts, gelatin may all be potential problems. But there is nothing definitive on this.

annabellet­hecat1312521335.3317432 PostsRegistered 9/23/2006
I forgot to say that a dermatologist can give you a save that will make them disappear.

poodlpoo1312521577.294265 PostsRegistered 10/23/2010
On 8/4/2011 darkpoet said:

WEAR SPF ON YOUR LIPS!! Cold sores on the lips are from Herpes Simplex Virus 1.

I was just going to say the same thing. SOO many people don't believe that it is HERPES. Yes, honey IT IS. I don't care who you are, if you get cold sores, you have herpes. Something like 80% of the population has it. Many are just carriers and don't get sores. One of THE most contagious things there are.

Look up Herpes 1 online and you will find some solutions.

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Helen k1312533845.633474 PostsRegistered 5/9/2005

I am guaranteed to get fever blisters if I sit in the sun for anything length of time without a powerful sunblock. SPF15 is child's play for me. It's gotta be at least an SPF of 45 and I constantly reapply it. If I don't have a balm with a high SPF then I'll go ahead and but sun block on my lips, the kind you'd normally put on the rest of your body. Again, frequently reapplying.

ChynaGirl1312543067.883895 PostsRegistered 12/2/2005

First of all, you MUST wear sunscreen on your lips, and sunscreen that is SPECIFICALLY for lips with a high SPF level. I think the best lip protectors are those that are made for skiers who are up at very high altitudes. I'm an Alpine skier and use a lip balm with an SPF of 50 from LaBello; it makes my lips a bit white-ish when I apply it, but I've never been burned when wearing this, even at the highest altitudes. I'm prone to fever blisters, I know the pain and discomfort you're going through.

BeagleMama1312546929.9712 PostsRegistered 3/7/2006

I have the same problem, and I haven't gotten any fever blisters from the sun since I've gotten into the habit of wearing lip balm of SPF 15 or higher on my lips whenever I'm out sunbathing. I've found that the key is to apply it before you go out and reapply every hour or two. I don't take any special meds or vitamins, and using the SPF lip balm has kept me virtually cold sore free for the past year or two. Now the only time I get one is if I catch a cold.

carlotta1312547012.7071170 PostsRegistered 9/9/2007

Use Abreva on your lips...then sunscreen...and keep re-applying. Sun can certainly trigger this.

patheticco­smetics1312548269.0571084 PostsRegistered 3/11/2009

Darkpoet gave great information/advice. L-lysine supplements will help. Sunlight is one of the triggers for someone susceptible to cold sores [fever blisters is just nicer sounding]. They are caused by the Herpes Simplex 1 virus. Some people who carry the virus will never get an outbreak, while others have constant outbreaks.

Since they are contagious, please be careful with everything you use.

My son suffers from them. Sometimes his mouth looks like it has been burned. He can go months with none, then have them constantly.

Shelbelle1312548771.60336496 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Many years ago I had terrible sun poisoning on my lips. They were tingling one day, woke up the next day and they were covered in blisters from top to bottom, both lips. Took about 2 weeks to clear up, but meds are probably much improved by now.

ladyroxanne1312553345.111022 PostsRegistered 3/25/2008northern ca

wow, over the years i've had my share of those things. the best thing is to wear a balm or lip gloss that has sunscreen. i found that it didn't matter what brand or product it was, as long as i had sunscreen on, i didn't get them.

make sure you you put sunscreen around your mouth very liberally as well. they can start above and below your mouth, too.

applebloss­om61312557306.967227 PostsRegistered 12/19/2010

Cold sores, fever blisters,canker sores, herpes.....are sure a nusience.

I have gotten them since a youngster. I am an RN and discussed them with several doctors. I have been told anti viral ointments, pills and various over the counter meds. One older doctor, many years ago, told me about drinking buttermilk. I did research it and sure enough, do a google and you will see it is an old time remedy. I get them occasionally now and then remember I better begin buttermilk again. Not everybody likes it but fortunately I do. Worth a try if you like drinking it. Some older remedies work and are better than taking medications. Buttermilk contains lysine.

<h2 class="header Heading3">Buttermilk</h2>
  • A compress of room temperature milk can ease the pain and speed the healing of a cold sore. A cotton ball or soft cloth dipped in milk should be placed on the cold sore and allow to remain for 10 minutes. Also, some cold sore sufferers say drinking buttermilk, which also alleviates canker sores, is beneficial and cuts down on the number and severity of cold sore outbreaks

Read more: Home Remedies for Cold Sores on the Lips | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5076557_home-remedies-cold-sores-lips.html#ixzz1UAPwWO3V

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kitkom1312557943.695646 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

OP, don't you think you should question your doctor about this? Why would you listen to a bunch of non-professionals giving their (quackery) advice? {#emotions_dlg.ohmy}

"Happiness is Lake Charlevoix!"

applebloss­om61312560022.137227 PostsRegistered 12/19/2010

There are more treatments out there than you can imagine. One is even gross and I never tried it. You should consilt with your physician the next time you see him/her.

If a current problem you can give the office a call.


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