Ever since I was in high schoolÂ I’ve gotten fever blisters once or twice a year.Â I hate them.Â The first few days they HURT, and then after that they just look awful.Â Since they’re usually right in the corner of my mouth, they crack and bleed easily whenever I open my mouth.Â They’re just gross.
About 15 years ago, I mentioned them to my doctor, and I asked if there was anything that would help make them not so bad.Â She said that she could prescribe Valtrex since fever blisters are a type of herpes.Â Valtrex is an anti-viral medication that is typically prescribed for genital herpes.Â I think fever blistersÂ are type I herpes simplex virus and the genital herpes is type II.Â Â I think that’s correct.Â I could look it up to verify that, but IÂ won’t.Â Â Â
Apparently the medication doesn’t care WHERE the virus shows up – it treats it anyway.Â It sure worked for me.Â It doesn’t eliminate fever blisters, but it keeps them from getting too awful and cuts short the duration.Â Valtrex is like a wonder drug.Â Ever since I first tried it, anytime I’ve felt that tingling that signals the beginning of a fever blister, I start taking it.
A couple weeks ago, I saw someone else with a fever blister, andÂ I realizedÂ thatÂ I couldn’t even remember the last time I had one.Â It had been at least two or three years.Â Â There must beÂ a mind-body connection for something like that because after thinking about the fact that it had been years since I had one, suddenly last Monday, one started developingÂ – and a couple days after that a second one started!Â I’ve never had two at the same time!Â I found my old bottle of ValtrexÂ and noticed thatÂ the prescriptionÂ was filled in 2002.Â I guess it had been that long since my last fever blister.Â I called the doctor to ask her to call in a new prescription – which she did.Â My double fever blister is about gone now – definitely on the wane.
So that’s the purpose of this post?Â A type of PSA.Â I would never have known you could take Valtrex for a fever blister if I hadn’t just happened to have that conversation with my doctor years ago.Â If you get them, you might want to look into it.