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A 43-year-old female asked:

My husband has a cold sore how long do i have to stay away?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 18 years experience
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.
Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Time and pain meds: Cold sores are caused by viruses. The good news is that they will go away on their own. The bad news...There's not much that you can do to expedite it. For the most part, if the cold sores are painful, you can give your child pain meds (tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen). Always check with you pediatrician if you don't know the dose or if you are not sure if that medicine is appropriate.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
You don't: Herpes type 1 is present already in most adults. You probably already have it. Most infected people have no symptoms. There are more virus during a cold sore but your husband has the virus on his skin many days when there are no symptoms. Prompt oral treatment is very effective. Creams are useless. Non-prescription treatments are all a waste of money. Triggors for an attack are well known includ.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Would it be best to stay out of the cold when you have a cold sore?

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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
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No.: Cold sore has nothing to do with 'cold'.
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A 26-year-old female asked:

How long do a cold sore take to go away?

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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.

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Last updated Jul 29, 2015

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