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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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Understanding Genital Herpes -- Symptoms

Genital herpes most often appears as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. When these blisters burst they leave the tender sores known as ulcers. The first time a person has a herpes outbreak, the ulcers may take two to four weeks to heal. The next outbreaks may not occur for weeks, months, or even later. When they do, they usually are less severe than the first outbreak. Herpes infection doesn't go away, but the outbreaks tend to become less frequent over time. Genital...

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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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