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A 27-year-old female asked:

How long does it take valtrax to clear up an outbreak?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 24 years experience
How early u started?: For a typical sore outbreak, it lasts 10-14 days w/o treatment. If you start medication at the very early onset (some feels/knows before it comes to the skin) it may not even come through the skin, but unfortunately it often does come out despite treatment and may crust over in 3-5 days rather than 10-14 days w/o treatment. If frequent outbreak, consult doc for suppressive therapy. Good luck.

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