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Sores on the female genitals
Avoid treating yourself before seeing a doctor. It can mask the symptoms and make it more difficult to diagnose the cause of the sore.
A sitz bath may help relieve itching and crusting. Moist lesions can be dried using a heat lamp.
If the sores are caused by a sexually transmitted infection, notify your sexual partner so that he or she can be treated. Stop all sexual activity until the sores are no longer infectious.
Call your doctor if you:
Your doctor will perform a physical examination and ask medical questions to identify:
The physical examination will usually include a pelvic examination.
The following tests may be done:
Treatment may include medications that are applied to the skin or that are taken by mouth. The type of medication depends on the cause, but may include corticosteroids, antiviral drugs, antibiotics, or drugs to control itching.
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