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Which symptoms do genital herpes outbreaks cause?

What to look out for

Dr Louisa Draper

"Genital herpes outbreaks can differ in severity. While some people encounter multiple painful blisters, some only have one single sore."

Dr Louisa Draper

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What do herpes sores look like? How do you know whether you have herpes? Find out which symptoms herpes causes and how to spot the first signs.

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I have herpes symptoms - What should I do?

1. Get diagnosed

Sores or bumps on your genitals can be caused by a range of conditions. You need to see a doctor or you can use our online photo diagnosis to get diagnosed. If you have sores you can use a swab test for herpes. 

2. Get treated

Antiviral medication helps your body fight the herpes virus and speeds up recovery. You can get your treatment from your GP or order online from Superdrug Online Doctor.

3. Prevent further outbreaks

Living healthily and avoiding stress are believed to help reduce the risk of recurrent outbreaks. You may also notice that certain things trigger outbreaks, which will help you avoid symptoms in the future. If you suffer from 6 or more outbreaks in a year you may wish to consider suppressive treatment.