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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:

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 includemeningitis (inflammation of the brain) or perihepatitis (an infection involving the capsule surrounding 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).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/5/2015

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