Why do my lips become chapped when I have a cold or the flu?
You breathe through your mouth when you are congested, which dries out your lips. Fever also dries out the body. (65) There are also some products found in many cough and cold treatments that may cause dry lips. (66)
How often should I use a lip care product?
Use lip balm daily to add moisture to your lips and keep them healthy. (67) Products that contain petroleum jelly, beeswax, shea butter or sunflower seed oil can help lips feel better. (68) Avoid products that contain eucalyptus, menthol or camphor, as they can cause dryness and irritation. (69)
What are cold sores and fever blisters?
Cold sores or fever blisters are caused by a contagious virus of the mouth. Cold sores usually occur outside the mouth: on the lips, chin and cheeks or in the nostrils. When they do occur inside the mouth, it is usually on the gums or the roof of the mouth. (70)
What causes cold sores and fever blisters?
Cold sores or fever blisters are caused by a virus that many people have in their bodies. The virus can become active if a person gets a cold or fever. it can also be triggered by sun exposure, stress, intestinal illness and women’s menstrual cycles.
What warning signs show that a cold sore or fever blister is coming?
Itching, tingling and a feeling of heat will often show where a sore or blister will appear within 24 hours. You might also notice a small bump or swelling on or next to the lip. (70)
How can I treat my cold sore or fever blister?
There is no cure for cold sores. However, there are medications to help relieve some of the pain and ache that comes with the sores. These include creams that numb the blisters, antibiotics that control related bacterial infections and ointments that soften the crusts of the sores. (71) Keep your lips moist, reduce stress and stay out of the sun, which can trigger a cold sore. (72) Ask your healthcare provider about anti-viral creams that can shorten the course of your cold sore.