While there is no cure for herpes, many medications and treatments do exist that may help to alleviate the symptoms of the condition. Patients who contract either herpes simplex 1 or herpes simplex 2 and who have either cold sores or genital herpes are encouraged to speak with a healthcare professional to learn more about the viruses.

Is Treatment Necessary?

Cold sores are generally not a serious condition, although the first occurrence may be the most uncomfortable and painful. See a doctor if your symptoms become severe or if you become ill. A lot of people seek treatment for cold sores through over-the-counter products. Many people seek treatment for genital herpes through over-the-counter products, although patients should consult a physician if they notice symptoms of genital herpes or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Who Should I See?

Patients with herpes should seek a licensed physician for treatment and advice regarding herpes. Family doctors, pediatricians, internists and other qualified professionals may provide treatment or recommend certain treatments. Make sure that you feel comfortable with the doctor, as open communication is important in any doctor-patient relationship. Some people feel embarrassed about having herpes, especially genital herpes, so make sure that you feel comfortable discussing the condition with the physician.

Where Should I Go?

The clinic you attend should be clean, hygienic and equipped with effective equipment and technology. Talk to others who have been to the clinic in the past or who have consulted a certain physician in the past for more information about the clinic and/or physician.