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Unfortunately, based on the stage the sores are, fever blisters can end up being quite painful. There are 2 types of pain that fever blisters can cause among those suffering from it; one is the physical pain that the person experiences due to the blisters, and the other is the emotional pain that the person experiences by the very visible sores.
There is some amount of physical pain when a fever blister develops. However, the pain can increase if multiple blisters occur at the same time. The emotional trauma of hiding the fever blisters is also considered painful, especially if others associate the blisters with venereal disease induced blisters.
When fever blisters form, the pain is not immediate. It develops as the blisters gradually grow big, and it can last for a few days. Initially, the person will experience a tingling, burning or itching sensation where the blister is going to form. The region may end up getting sore and red, but the pain will be minimal. It takes 1 to 2 days for the blisters to form and appear to be filled with fluid. At this point the blisters will be painful. Then a couple more days the blisters will burst and begin to ooze. The ulcers will be raw and the skin will begin to burn. This stage generally lasts for around 2 to 3 days and is the most painful stage of the fever blisters. Finally, the open lesions will begin to scab forming a discolored crust. The pain felt at this stage is due to the scab formation leading to the tightening of the skin. If you want to alleviate the pain from fever blisters, it is recommended that the blisters be kept lubricated during the scab formation stage. Finally, the scabs will fall off replaced by a new one. Each new scab that forms is smaller that the previous one. In this stage the pain is not much.
While fever blisters are painful, a person must realize that the blisters do not last for very long. There are some medications available that can help reduce the number of blisters. However, these medications have to be used when the person begins experiencing the tingling sensation before the outbreak occurs. At the same time, the blisters can also be treated with home remedies to lessen the pain. For instance, refrain from consuming salty as well as acidic foods. Also, keep the region where the blisters occur well lubricated. This will also help in reducing the pain.
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