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how long does it take for herpes to heal

A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience Urology
Some 2-3 weeks...: The natural course of genital herpes is about 2+ to 3 weeks for average healthy persons in assuming no significant additional inflammation, i.e., cell ... Read More

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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Having herpes: It varies, of course. But days rather than weeks since you are on good meds.
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
1 to 2 weeks: 1 to 2 weeks for healing.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience Urology
Some 2 weeks...: Its natural course may take 2-3 weeks to heal, but valacyclovir may shorten its course. Topically, keep the affected area as clean and dry as poss ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Protective Cushion: With injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. Swelling occurs under the skin layers a ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayyara Dawood
29 years experience Pediatrics
Avoid cause: Avoid any skin irritants ie harsh detergents, soaps, cleansers. Protect the skin with good moisturizing. You may need steroid ointments to clear act ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
Depends: It depends on how severe it is. Are you on antibiotics? The body may actually repair the area for 6 months after the infection goes away.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bahman Omrani
16 years experience Pain Management
STI Treatment : Most sti's caused by bacteria can be cured with antibiotics which can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on the type. There are no ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leigh Forbush
19 years experience Family Medicine
Variable: It really depends on the underlying cause of keratitis.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience Adolescent Medicine
Within 7 days: Usually it will resolve within 7 days of treatment. It can be followed by mild peeling of the skin.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Simple Care: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Healing depends...: Healing an infection depends on several things; 1.The host: immune system intact /not ? 2. The organisms: ?Hyper-virulent organism or not, if the inf ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
4-5 days: From initial exposure to beginning of symptoms, it averages about a bit less than a week but not everyone gets overt lesions.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: Depends on the std and the treatment. Some like herpes are forever, the acute outbreak can be treated but the virus stays in your body lifelong and ca ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
That depends: Healing time for a first degree burn is usually.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Cause & location: It depends what caused it and where it is located.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
18 years experience Dermatology
Varies: It depends on the size, location and your skin type. Also is it first one or recurrent. In general 1-2 weeks.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Kaplan
53 years experience Urology
It will not: It's an antibacterial ointment to fight infections.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
7-10 days: With proper treatment, 7-10 days from start of treatment.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Bruising: It depends on several factors, but typically 1-2 weeks is common. If the trauma was to deep muscle or a large surface area it could take longer. Also, ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Many never do: Fistulae are notorious for never closing or healing and that is why after several months most surgeons excise them.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Turek
34 years experience Urology
Weeks: A true infectious or traumatic orchitis can take 4-6 weeks for swelling to resolve and discomfort to end.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ilan Cohen
24 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends on the cause: Can be days or weeks. See your eye doctor.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Best healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( ... Read More
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