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Gonorrhea (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

When to call the doctor

Call your health care practitioner if you suspect gonorrheal infection and any of the following signs or symptoms are present:

  • Discharge from the penis or vagina
  • Pain with urination
  • Appearance of a rash with dark centers
  • Lethargy
  • Sore throat (pharyngitis)
  • Sexual contact with an infected person
When to go to the hospital

Gonorrhea can develop into more serious medical conditions if not treated. The infection may spread through the bloodstream and affect mucous membranes throughout the body. Symptoms of more serious disease can include joint pain and rash. Complications of gonorrhea can also include meningitis (inflammation of the brain) or perihepatitis (an infection of the liver).

If you have any of the following serious symptoms, you need to go to a hospital's emergency department immediately for treatment with antibiotics (given through an IV).

  • Women: Pelvic inflammatory disease is a serious medical condition that can lead to infertility. Fever, abdominal pain, and vaginal discharge can be symptoms of this disease.
  • Men: Fever, discharge from the penis, and painful urination may signal an infection, especially involving inflammation of the testicles.

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