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    Genital Herpes - When To Call a Doctor

    If you haven't been diagnosed with genital herpes,call your doctor if you have any of the following:

    • Painful blisters or sores in the genital or pelvic area.
    • Burning or pain while urinating, or you are unable to urinate.
    • Abnormal discharge from the vagina or penis.
    • Reason to think you've been exposed to genital herpes.

    If you have been diagnosed with genital herpes,call your doctor if you are having frequent outbreaks.

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    If you are pregnantand have genital herpes, or if you think you have genital herpes, tell your doctor.

    Watchful waiting

    Watchful waitingis a wait-and-see approach. If you have only occasional outbreaks of genital herpes and are comfortable with home treatment, watchful waiting may be all you need.

    Who to see

    Health professionals who can diagnose genital herpes include:

    Treatment may require a referral to a specialist, such as:

    To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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