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Genital Herpes in Women Overview (cont.)

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What kind of doctors treats genital herpes?

Genital herpes is treated by primary care providers including internal medicine and family medicine specialists, as well as pediatricians for adolescents. For women, gynecologists are often the treating physicians. In certain circumstances, other specialists may be consulted, including urologists and infectious disease specialists.

How is genital herpes diagnosed?

In most cases in which the characteristic signs and symptoms are present, they are sufficient to establish a diagnosis of genital herpes infection. Laboratory tests, such as viral culture and nucleic acid amplification (polymerase chain reaction or PCR) tests to detect the genetic material of the virus, are also available.

Immunologic tests to identify antibodies to genital herpes are other possible tests to establish whether infection has occurred.

Is there a cure for genital herpes?

There is no cure for genital herpes, and once a person is infected with genital herpes, the infection persists throughout the individual's life, with the potential for recurrent outbreaks. However, there are medications that can reduce the severity and frequency of outbreaks and treatments to manage the symptoms.

Are home remedies or natural treatments effective for genital herpes?

There are no home or natural remedies available for genital herpes, and as mentioned above, the infection cannot be cured. Home cares such as warm baths, keeping the blisters dry after washing, and wearing loose-fitting, cotton underwear may help soothe symptoms.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/25/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/genital_herpes_in_women_overview/article.htm

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