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Doctor insights on: How Long Does A Cold Sore Generally Last

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

A cold sore is a sore that develops on lips. It is caused by infection with one ...Read more


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Can someone tell me how long will a cold sore last?

Can someone tell me how long will a cold sore last?

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. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a cold sore last when treated with toothpaste?

On average, how long will a cold sore last when treated with toothpaste?

7 to 10 days: If a cold sore occurs it will usually heal by itself in 7 to 10 days. I do not know of any tooth paste on the market that promotes early healing. There are some over the counter ointments that may shorten it by a couple of days. If it is on your lip it may be a viral infection, then the only thing that can shorten the 7 to 10 days period is a prescription antiviral agent taken early on. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the tingling sensation last with a cold sore?

Prodrome: The length of the tingling of an oncoming outbreak of oral herpes called the prodrome varies but is generally 24-48 hours. This is the time you need to take the meds your md or dentist can give you to prevent a full outbreak (pills or cream) so it;s best to have it on hand. Most do not mind giving you a script for it if you ask and if they won't you might consider a different doctor. ...Read more

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How long should the tingling sensation last with a cold sore?

How long should the tingling sensation last with a cold sore?

Bad news: Typically the tingling is the first sign of a cold sore which is usually the type which is following a nerve under the surface. Here again these are the type which can recurr. Watch your acid ingestion, sun exposure and if possible keep your stress level down( easier said than done) possibly taking lysine supplements may be helpful as a preventive in the future. ...Read more

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Bump on lip is grey-ish \u0026 have been there for almost 3wks, seemed to be going away at first, how long does cold sore last?

Bump on lip is grey-ish \u0026 have been there for almost 3wks, seemed to be going away at first, how long does cold sore last?

7-10 days: Cold sore is a virus that is stored in anyone who has had chicken pox. Usually resolves in 7-10 days. Recommend medical visit to diagnose lesion if no resolution. ...Read more

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Can a cold sore last for 1-2 days, or do they typically last longer? Not sure if it even is one. No tingle, blister or scabbing.

Sure: Cold sores can come and go, or they can last for weeks. If the area persists, see a dr. To assure your get properly diagnosed and treated, best wishes. ...Read more