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How long does it take for a cold sore on your lip to develop

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
24 years experience Pediatrics
Not long: In my experience they come on very fast. Usually there is some tingling or mild pain. Next a small pink bump shows up. By the next day it is a larger, ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milroy Samuel
23 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Days: It can take several days. Zovirax (acyclovir) cream is helpful.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
No such guarantee: First there is no guarantee that she does not already have oral herpes. Most people with oral herpes got it as children from other family members. A b ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
34 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
Under 14d: Most viral outbreaks will subside within 2 weeks. The ointment should help shave a few days off
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stanley Katz
46 years experience Dermatology
See dermatologist: could be several things besides an infection. would see dermatologist for evaluation/dx and/or treatment
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Keep it moist: Once you have reached the scab stage, it just has to resolve on it's own. If you keep it moisturized with ointment, it will soften the scab and heal m ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Angular cheilitis?: A sore exactly in the corner of the mouth could be oral herpes (cold sore), but more likely is angular cheilitis, a different problem. It's often due ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
35 years experience Podiatry
It will wear off....: There is a form of gentian violet that is colorless. Look for that in the future.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Jurewitz
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Herpes: These sores usually clear completely by 10-14 days
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Usually a day: Classic "prodrome", tenderness, tingling, itching within about 18-24 hours before outbreak.

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