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How long does is it take for symptoms of oral herpes or cold sores to appear?

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Dr. Kenneth Comer
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Hours

Oral herpes can come about at anytime if you've been exposed to the virus.
Typically the virus lies dormant until a stressful event. When these events occur the first signs are tingling and changes in the skin. Sometimes you'll see white nodules start to develop. The faster you get treatment the better chances the virus can be halted and the faster the healing can begin.

In brief: Hours

Oral herpes can come about at anytime if you've been exposed to the virus.
Typically the virus lies dormant until a stressful event. When these events occur the first signs are tingling and changes in the skin. Sometimes you'll see white nodules start to develop. The faster you get treatment the better chances the virus can be halted and the faster the healing can begin.
Dr. Kenneth Comer
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Dr. Steven Corben
Excellent answer. If you can catch the initial tingling, then it may be possible to treat the lesion with a diode laser. The laser can cut of the blood flow to the lesion and speed up recovery.
Dr. Robert Bader
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cold sores ladt <10d

5 to 10 days is the typical time it takes for cold sores to go away.

In brief: Cold sores ladt <10d

5 to 10 days is the typical time it takes for cold sores to go away.
Dr. Robert Bader
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