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How long for a cold sore to go away

A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Milroy Samuel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Days: It can take several days. Zovirax (acyclovir) cream is helpful.
Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Cold sore: Most cold sores are due to a herpes virus. This can be verified with your doctor. Over the counter abreva has some benefit. If it is a herpes virus, s... Read More
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
5-10 days: Topicals are a waste of $. Pills for herpes are prescriptions but have no side effects. I favor a single dose of valacyclovir 2 gram as soon as you fe... Read More

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Cold sore: Most often 7 to 10 days, as little as 4 days sometimes. Shorter time course with appropriate medications.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Cold sores: Cold sores usually resolve in 7 to 10 days when no intervention is used. Here is the problem - the herpes virus can still be shed even when there are... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Fromowitz
Dermatology 19 years experience
Difficult: There is no overnight cure for cold sores. You can reduce the length of outbreak by early use of prescription antiviral medications as well as topical... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Vercellotti
Dentistry 32 years experience
Not usually: The typical course of infection lasts 7-10 days.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
I have never heard : Of this as a treatment? Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lortscher
Dermatology 13 years experience
Varies: It can go away very quickly if treated appropriately, however if it's picked at too much it can leave irritation that may stick around for 2-3 weeks.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert E. Klitzke
Dentistry 9 years experience
Prescription.: Your dentist or doctor can prescribe medication called orabase with Benzocaine that will help with the pain i laser these with my waterlase md dent... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Your doctor can : Prescribe Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral which can actually help regarding transmission to others. Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cre... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Nothing: Give it some time. None of the creams are as effective as prescription valacyclovir or Acyclovir pills taken at the very onset (prodrome) of the next ... Read More

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