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how long for a cold sore to go away

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.

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Cold sore: Most often 7 to 10 days, as little as 4 days sometimes. Shorter time course with appropriate medications.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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 female asked:
Dr. David Lortscher
12 years experience Dermatology
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.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Normally3to5 days: Viral sore throat or common canker sores take about 3to5 days to go away by itself.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bryan Levey
26 years experience Pediatrics
Usually: About a week.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Schleimer
37 years experience Orthodontics
4-5 days: Abreva is a medicament (not an anti-viral) which the fda has approved to be used in shortening the life of cold sores.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Cold Sores: Cold sores usually resolve in seven to ten days when no intervention is used.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Take a sterile: Instrument and gently pierce the roof without removing the roof. If you follow the above the answer is instantaneously.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
It runs it's course.: According to the mayo clinic, colds usually last one to two weeks. Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Ge ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience Neurology
Same question?: Unless I am way too tired for my own good at nearly 3 AM I think you are asking the exact same question into different ways are you not? Nose blister ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodpaster
28 years experience Dentistry
Generally 10-14 days: Without medication each sore takes 10-14 days to go away. However, you can have multiple sores that come up before one resolves and some people always ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
35 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Check with your doc: There are many reasons to cause a "bump". Have it checked by your doc. Probably nothing but better be safe.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Jaindl
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Usually within: 1 to 2 weeks the uvula swelling has gone. Sometimes a swelling while last as long as a month.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Depends on...: Healing time for a first degree burn is usually < 1week. Healing time for a second degree burn may be up to 3 weeks.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
5-7 days: Most colds settle down within 5-7 days with or without antibiotics. In fact antibiotics are not advised for a head cold...So avoid using them because ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
27 years experience Dermatology
1 to 2 weeks: Mild sunburns may resolve after 3 days. A 1st degree sunburn may take a week to go away. A 2nd degree sunburn (blistering) may take 2 weeks.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
50 years experience Dermatology
Photo dermatitis: Photo dermatitis usually resolves within 2 weeks.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: It depends on the cause of the swelling and the amount of the swelling.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
If you're under 16yr: Thanks for your interest in healthtap. Your question might not get answered if you are under age 16 years and writing your own questions. Have a trust ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Rapid improvement.: A person usually feels much better 24 to 48 hours after starting antibiotics. They are usually not contagious after completing 24 hours of antibiotics ... Read More

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