They Might Know What I Need It For
by Steve Mitchell
A couple of nights ago, I developed a fever blister on my lower lip. Pow! It hit fast, with no warning.
Yeah, I know. Ew. It’s not what you want to read about.
I’ll drop the particulars and move on.
So, the next morning, I went on line in search of home remedies. There’s all sorts of varying ideas on the subject. Most of them revolve around heat or cold or salt or astringents or tannic acids or l-lysine or garlic. On and on. You can do a google search and you’ll see what I mean.
Before I even began my search, Lucie (my wife) told me those home treatments never work well and the only effective treatment she’s ever seen, besides prescription meds, is a product called SssstingStop. It’s used primarily for bug bites and stings.
We had a tube of it forever, and it is really great stuff. Unfortunately, we now don’t have any. I told Lucie I’ll have to eventually get some for next time. She wanted to know, why not get it now?
Well, see, here’s the thing:
I can’t walk into a store and buy a tube of SssstingStop while sporting a big old fever blister on my lip!
I can’t do it. It’s too personal. It’s too intimate.
It’s silly I know. It’s irrational. But there you have it, a particular bit of my psychology peeking through.
For the same, illogical reasons, I can’t buy shaving products if I’m in need of a shave. I wouldn’t dream of buying deodorant while I’m smelling ripe. I’d never buy hair gel with my hair all jacked up. I couldn’t buy eye drops with my eyes all red.
Food is all right, even when I’m hungry. Use-it-now type products are all right. Aspirin is fine because they can’t see my headaches.
I’m a slave to my psychology. Yes. I admit it.
All is not lost, however; on her way home from work, yesterday, Lucie stopped and bought me a tube of the SssstingStop.
She loves me in spite of my foibles. I’m a lucky guy.
Try getting some essential oil of Lavender and a few juicy Vitamin E capsules. Combine them on a cotton pad (just poke the capsule squeeze – a few drops of oil on top of that) and then keep it handy to reapply. No scars left behind and it heals quickly. Also works on pimples, rashes, bug bites etc…
Thanks, Pam. I’m pretty sure we have Vitamin E capsules. I wonder if we have any essential oil of Lavender? I could probably get away with buying some, fever blister or no.
Of course, right now, it’s so dang windy outside, I don’t want to go anywhere!
I am still laughing at this post. Not the fever blister part. I’m sorry about that, but the whole psychological thing is something to which I can relate.
I hope the sssssssstingstop works its magic. I’ve never heard of it, but it is good to know that I can send MTM looking for it the next time a mosquito attacks me. Of course, I couldn’t buy it myself covered in bites……… 🙂
Thanks. The SsssstingStop is maybe helping, maybe not. I think the secret to any fever blister remedy is to catch it early.
I guess you could always go in, covered with bites, put the tube on the counter and say, “It’s for a friend . . . “