Do you have other signs of a serious illness? These symptoms may include:Severe neck stiffness or pain.Confusion or extreme irritability.Very sleepy and hard to wake up.Fever.Ongoing nausea or vomiting.Eyes very sensitive to light (photophobia).Unsteady on your feet that keeps you from standing or walking (ataxia or vertigo).New double vision, blurred vision, or blind spots in your vision.Very rapid, difficult breathing.Severe pain.New and different skin rash or severe bruises.
Do you think your rash may be caused by a medicine?Note: If your answer is Yes:Call the doctor who prescribed the medicine to determine whether you should stop taking the medicine or take a different one. An appointment may not be necessary. Do not take another dose of the medicine until you have spoken to your doctor.If you are taking a nonprescription medicine or an herbal remedy, stop taking the medicine. Call your doctor if you feel you need to continue taking the medicine.
If you have answered "No" to the above questions, go back to Check Your Symptoms and continue to answer the questions to evaluate your symptoms.
Do you have painful blisters in a band around one side of the chest, abdomen, or face or down one arm or leg?Note: Call your doctor as soon as possible. If shingles is causing your symptoms, there may be a medicine you can take that will relieve the pain and limit the rash. Medicines are most effective if begun within 2 to 3 days of the start of the rash.
Are you sexually active and you have a rash or sore in the genital area?Note: If you think that you have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease (STD), it is important to be checked right away by your doctor. This will help prevent serious health problems for you and will lower the chance of spreading the infection to others. Do not have sexual contact while waiting for your appointment. This will lower the chance of spreading a disease to your partner. Your partner may need to be checked as well.Do not douche. Douching may flush an infection up into the uterus or fallopian tubes and cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Many STD symptoms will go away or change quickly. This does not mean that the STD has gone away. It will be harder for your doctor to diagnose your STD after the symptoms have changed. A delay in being checked may lead to a more serious problem.