A 50-year-old female asked:
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My husband has a cold sore how long do I have to stay away?

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Dr. Kevin Rodbell
17 years experience in Pediatrics
Popsicles!: That's right, popsicles. Cold and soothing, sometimes it's the only thing kids are willing to try when their mouth is so sore. Popsicles distract from the pain, while affording some much-needed hydration in a child who is probably avoiding, if not flat-out refusing, most food. Avoid citrus juices (painful). Make your own to save money. If your child is dehydrated, try pedialyte pops.
Answered on Jul 29, 2015
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Dr. David Lortscher
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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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See below: Four to ten days.
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Cold sores: Cold sores usually resolve in seven to ten days when no intervention is used. But it is not uncommon to have one for two weeks.
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Cold sore: Most often 7 to 10 days, as little as 4 days sometimes. Shorter time course with appropriate medications.

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